Efforts to increase crop yields are critical to meeting growing demands for food from a larger, wealthier population.

The Oxford Food Security Forum Lunchtime Talks Hilary Term 2013 on Global Food Security, organised by the student-led Oxford Food Security Forum

Speaker: Prof. Barbara Harriss-White, School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies, University of Oxford

Title: “Climate Change and Rice in India”

Venue: Queen Elizabeth House, Meeting Room A, 3 Mansfield Road

Date: Week 1, Monday 14 January 2013

Time: 12.30pm - 1.30pm


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


This Oxford Water open afternoon will showcase some of the diverse water research at the University from across the natural, social and engineering sciences

Date: Monday 3 June

Time: 4-5.30pm

Venue: Blue Boar Lecture Theatre, Christ Church, St Aldates, OX1 1DP

Come and meet researchers from the Oxford Water Network, find out what’s going on in other departments, and get a flavour of the opportunities for collaboration.

The afternoon will finish with a drinks reception and nibbles.

All are welcome, including prospective and current students, researchers and faculty, and the general public.

Registration required:

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Department of Plant Sciences Departmental Research Seminars

Convener: Dr I Moore.

Speaker: Professor Johnathan Napier, Rothamsted

Title: ‘Metabolic engineering for the production of omega-3 long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids in transgenic Camelina - making fish oils in plants’

Date: Thursday, 30th October 2014

Time: 1pm - 2pm

Venue: Large Lecture Theatre, Department of Plant Sciences


Department Of Plant Sciences Departmental Research Seminars

Convener: Dr I Moore.

Speaker: Dr James Hartwell, University of Liverpool

Title: ‘Using de novo ‘omics to elucidate the basis for a complex photosynthetic adaptation: from functional genomics in models to synthetic biology in crops’

Date: Thursday, 6 November 2014

Time: 1pm - 2pm

Venue: Large Lecture Theatre, Department of Plant Sciences


Plant Variety Protection Debates: Connecting Law, Science and Social Science


Plant Sciences Research Seminar

Speaker: Dr Salomé Prat, CNB CSIC

Time: 1pm

Date: Thursday 29th January

Location: Large Lecture Theatre, Department of Plant Sciences


Department for Continuing Education - Professonal Development

Course Aims:

  • To provide an overview on how land use change through agriculture has influenced the natural environment on a global basis
  • To understand the nature of agricultural impacts on the environment and to address the question ‘are all agricultural impacts necessarily negative?’
  • To look at the trends and complexities of current global agricultural markets and forces and the problems of conservation.
  • To address the question – ‘can the natural environment help agriculture?’
  • To understand the development and influence of international frameworks to address agricultural and environmental issues.
  • To look at case studies of agricultural development, impacts on the environment and efforts to mitigate these - examples are likely to include the grain, coffee and forestry sectors and others may be considered as well depending on time.

Tutor: Dr Sean Murphy of CABI

Date: Fri 21 Feb 2014, 10am-5pm

Location: Ewert House, Summertown, Oxford

Course fee: £125.00


Panel discussion organised by by first year PhD students studying at the University of Oxford as part of the NERC Doctoral Training Partnership in Evironmental Research. Part of the Grand Challenges Seminar Series 2017.

Date: Tuesday 30 May, 17:30-18:30

Venue: Oxford Martin School, 34 Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BD


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