Climate change

Greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture and the transport of food make up a significant proportion of global emissions, while climate change will impact food systems through increased drought, flooding and extreme weather events.

Speaker: Professor Sir John Beddington

Time: 5pm - 6.30pm

Date: Thursday 26 February

Some five years ago Sir John Beddington, Senior Adviser at the Oxford Martin School, raised the concept of 'The Perfect Storm' in which the issues of food, water and energy security needed to be addressed at the same time as mitigating and adapting to climate change. In this seminar he highlights changes that have occurred since then and the progress made and challenges that are currently faced.

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This seminar will be live webcast on YouTube

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Taking place at SSEE, University of Oxford, Hayes House, 75 George Street, Oxford, OX1 2BQ.

Speaker: Tim Searchinger (SSEE and OMS Visiting Fellow and Associate Research Scholar at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School)

Seminar Summary: What role is growing demand for food, bioenergy and forest products playing and likely to play in deforestation and other losses of terrestrial carbon?   What role do and can yield gains and pasture intensification play in protecting forests?  Many analysts treat such gains automatically as sparing natural lands while other researchers claim that they often lead to increasing deforestation?  Should Africa’s wetter savannas be viewed as a large, environmentally low cost land reserve?  How do we know underutilized land when we see it?  Answers to these questions are often confused by various conventions and misapplications of land use and carbon accounting and by the failure to appreciate the interlinkages of land use changes worldwide. This talk will address these challenges.

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Trinity College Scientific Society

Speaker: Ariella Helfgott, Environmental Change Institute, Oxford

Date: Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Time: 5.30 pm

Venue: Danson Room, Trinity College

Refreshments will be provided.

Description:

The Systemic Integrated Adaptation (SIA) Research Program draws together diverse forms of knowledge generation and sense-making from across disciplines, sectors and social worlds towards the interrelated goals of climate adaptation, sustainable development, environmental management and food security. The program is fundamentally concerned with small-holder farmers and the integrated social, economic, political and environmental systems in which they are embedded. It aims to co-identify and support appropriate actions at multiple levels within these systems according to the principle of subsidiarity and adopts a critical approach to systems and their boundaries. This talk will introduce the theory of resilience and systems thinking, describe the successes and challenges of the SIA program, and some of the practical issues around designing and implementing interdisciplinary research and practice.

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As part of the Environmental Change Institute's Big Ideas Seminar Series Dr Prabhu Pingali, of Cornell University, will speak about economic growth, structural transformation and the evolving food security challenge. 
 
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Oxford Martin School Seminar series: Health in the 21st century: what’s new?

The Oxford Martin School's Michaelmas Term seminar series will examine the frontiers of technology and ideas in healthcare in the 21st century. 

Health and wellbeing concerns us all, but how is medical care changing and how does it affect us? What new ideas and technology are out there to take better care of us? Does where you live matter? What can we do to extend the quality and length of our lives?

Non-fat, low-fat, saturated fat, trans fats, healthy fats - in an era where we seem to be constantly bombarded with often conflicting messages about our diets, is all this information actually making us any healthier? How can we cut through media hysteria and make wise choices about the food we eat, and what impact do our consumption habits have, not just on our own health but that of the planet?

Well fed? The health and environmental implications of our food choices

Date: Thursday, 6 November

Time: 3.30pm - 5pm

Venue: Lecture Theatre, Oxford Martin School, 34 Broad Street (corner of Holywell and Catte Streets), Oxford, OX1 3BD

Speakers:
Professor Susan Jebb, Professor of Diet and Population Health, Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford
Dr Tara Garnett, Principal Investigator, Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food
Dr Mike Rayner, Principal Investigator, Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food

Please visit the Oxford Martin School website to register for this event.

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This seminar will be live webcast on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0UbwkWsEdmU

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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

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Date: Tuesday 18th November

Time: 5pm - 6pm

Venue: Lecture Theatre, Oxford Martin School, 34 Broad Street (corner of Holywell and Catte Streets), Oxford, OX1 3BD

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Panel:

  • Professor Charles Godfray, Director, Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food and author of the chapter How can 9-10 Billion People be Fed Sustainably and Equitably by 2050?
  • Professor Ian Goldin, Director, Oxford Martin School, Editor of Is the Planet Full? and author of the chapter Governance Matters Most
  • Professor Sarah Harper, Director, Oxford Institute of Population Ageing, Oxford Martin School and author of the chapter Demographic and Environmental Transitions
  • Professor Yadvinder Malhi, Director, Oxford Centre for Tropical Forests, Oxford Martin School and author of the chapter The Metabolism of a Human-Dominated Planet
  • Dr Toby Ord, James Martin Fellow, Oxford Martin Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology and author of the chapter Overpopulation or Underpopulation?

The panel will discuss whether our planet can continue to support a growing population estimated to reach 10 billion people by the middle of the century.

The panel discussion will be followed by a book signing and drinks reception.

This panel discussion will be live webcast on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFIqDQP1Vjc

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Oxford Food Forum:

Culture, Food, & the Environment: New Perspectives on Food Sovereignty and Security

Delegates Conference Schedule 2015 – Saturday May 2nd

Nissan Lecture Theatre, St Antony’s College,

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Michaelmas Term 2013

Time & Date: Tuesdays, 5-6:30pm

Venue: Department of International Development (QEH), Seminar Room 2

Convenor: Dr Peter Wynn Kirby

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