GMO

InSIS Seminar Series: Ecologies of Expertise

Date: Tuesday 9 June

Time: 3pm-5pm

Location: Seminar Room, 64 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6PN.

Speaker: David Demortain, Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire Sciences Innovations Sociétés

Title: Thinking about expertise differently: GM risk assessment as an ecology of regulatory knowledge

The control over standards of regulatory evidence is one of the factors that determine who may be called an expert, despite the level of scrutiny and contestation that surrounds claims to expertise, specifically in public and controversial environments. The history of the regulatory testing of genetically modified organisms shows that that standards of proof are simultaneously shaped in various inter-related spaces (industrial, academic, regulatory, civic spaces among others), and are thus varied, if not multiple. Standards of proof get selected or deselected, rise or fall, depending on what happens in this complex environment, or what may be called an ecology of regulatory knowledge, that heavily determines who may prove products safe or unsafe, and thus claim to be an expert.

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Grand Challenges in Environmental Research

Date: February 26

Time: 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Title: Sustaining our future: with or without GM?

Speakers: Lord Peter Melchett – Policy Director at the Soil Association; Professor John Crawford – SGCS Scientific Director of the Delivering Sustainable Systems programme at Rothamsted Research

Join us for our seminar on the future of food with Peter Melchett, the policy director of the Soil Association – a UK organic foods and farming organisation. He will be joined by John Crawford, leader of the Institute Strategic Programme on Delivering Sustainable Systems at Rothamsted Research. Together we will discuss how we can continue to feed our growing population. Can technical approaches such as GM sustain a projected population of 10 billion, or will we need to return to alternative approaches, such as organic farming?

Short talks and a panel discussion, followed by wine and nibbles

A seminar series organised by DPhil students on the NERC Doctoral Training Programme

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Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food with Plants for the 21st Century

“Technophobia vs. Technophilia: The Polarized Debate about our Food”

Speaker: Michael Mack, CEO Syngenta

Date: Wednesday November 26 2014

Time: 4-5pm, followed by a drinks reception

Venue: Lecture Theatre A, Department of Zoology, South Parks Road

Everyone welcome

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