Past events

Mon 23 November, 2015

Unit for Biocultural Variation and Obesity (UBVO) Seminar Series - Michaelmas Term 2015, Week 7

Bulimic Distinction


Speakers: Karin Eli, Oxford University

Conveners: Stanley Ulijaszek and Michelle Pentecost

Date: Monday 23rd November

Time: 1-2pm

Location: 61 Banbury Road (seminar room), Oxford OX2 6PE

Sun 22 November, 2015

22nd – 25th November 2015, Coex, Seoul, Republic of Korea

Conference Website

Bioconvergence for Food Function

Thu 19 November, 2015

Speaker: Dr Barbara Haesler from the Royal Veterinary College and LCIRAH

Date: Thursday 19th November, 2015

Time: 17:15

Location: Gottmann Room, School of Geography and the Environment

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Thu 19 November, 2015

Unit for Biocultural Variation and Obesity (UBVO) Seminar Series - Michaelmas Term 2015, Week 6

Ecologies of abandonment: epigenetic and microbial imaginaries in post-apartheid Cape Town


Speakers: Thomas Cousins and Michelle Pentecost, Stellenbosch University, and Oxford University

Conveners: Stanley Ulijaszek and Michelle Pentecost

Date: Thursday 19th November

Time: 1-2pm

Tue 17 November, 2015

17th-19th November 2015, ExCeL, London

Conference Website

The relationship between food, nutrition and health remains one of the most critical issues of our time.

The Food Matters Live 2015 Conference addresses this complex and challenging subject through a rich and varied programme across 17 thought-provoking debates.

Tue 10 November, 2015

10th - 12th November 2015, Athens, Greece

Conference Website

Food Science Research and Innovation: Delivering sustainable solutions to the global economy and society.

The Conference will be organized by the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) on behalf of the European Federation of Food Science and Technology (EFFoST).

Thu 05 November, 2015

Unit for Biocultural Variation and Obesity (UBVO) Seminar Series - Michaelmas Term 2015, Week 4

‘Fat people are killing the polar bears’: critiquing body-environment relations in anti-obesity discourse, policy and practice


Speaker: Bethan Evans, University of Liverpool

Conveners: Stanley Ulijaszek and Michelle Pentecost

Date: Thursday 5th November

Time: 1-2pm

Wed 21 October, 2015

A major symposium on the global impacts of UK food consumption.

Food production and biodiversity conservation are in conflict.  Join experts and leading voices from farmers' groups, food suppliers, major retailers, conservationists, scientists, NGOs and policy-makers to debate sustainable solutions to the growing challenge of balancing food security and environmental protection.

Dates: 21 Oct - 22 Oct 2015

Venue: ZSL London Zoo, Outer Circle, Regent's Park, London, NW1 4RY

Fri 17 July, 2015

Speaker: CAPT Joseph R. Hibbeln, MD, Chief, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, NIH, Bethesda, USA.

Title: 'Modern Nutrition and the Modern Mind: Aggression and Depression'.

Location: Warneford POWIC/SANE seminar room, OX3 7JX

Time: Noon

Date: Fri 17th, July 2015

Tue 30 June, 2015

Date: Tuesday, 30th June, 2015

Venue: Moa Room, ECI, SOGE 

Time: 10 am - 11 am

Talk title: Food safety, farming environments and sustainability: Examining lettuce production in California, and the UK

Speaker bio: Laura Driscoll is a PhD student in Environmental Science, Policy and Management at the University of California, Berkeley. She holds a B.A. and M.A. in Anthropological Sciences from Stanford University. Her Masters research explored the impacts of ecotourism on cultural identity and consumption patterns in indigenous communities living in the buffer zone of Peru's Bahuaja-Sonene National Park.

She has conducted social and ecological impact assessments for tourism companies and policy makers in Costa Rica, Mexico, and Tanzania, assessing landscape change and seeking to align tourism development goals with sustainable development targets. Her current research interests include global dynamics of climate change, environmental policy, and food systems, and sustainability planning. Her dissertation will explore how the parallel goals of ensuring food safety and protecting the environment can be jointly pursued in developed world agriculture, by examining how governance frameworks and private food safety standards in leafy greens production affect farmers' environmental practices in California and the United Kingdom.