Food security in a globally-connected world will require better governance at all levels – local, national and international.

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

Please Register to attend here.


Challenges of the early 21st century

Date: Monday 2 June

Time: 12.15 – 1.00pm

Venue: Large Lecture Theatre, Department of Plant Sciences

Speaker: Professor Sir John Beddington CMG FRS, Senior Adviser, Oxford Martin School and Professor of Natural Resources Management, University of Oxford

The latter half of the 20th century was a period of massive population growth, significant poverty, the over exploitation of natural resources and substantial pollution including greenhouse gas emissions . The related challenges posed in the early decades of the 21st century are in many ways inexorable and complicated by economic, social demographic and environmental change. This talk will focus on these challenges and some of the ways they may be addressed.

Professor Sir John Beddington will give a seminar in the Large Lecture Theatre on Monday 2 June (12.15 – 1.00pm) titled “Challenges of the early 21st century”. The seminar will be hosted by Head of Department, Liam Dolan, a Director of the Oxford Martin Plants for the 21st Century Institute.

Between January 2008 and the end of March 2013, Sir John was the Government Chief Scientific Adviser and Head of the Government Office for Science, reporting directly to the Prime Minister. Currently he is Senior Adviser, Oxford Martin School


Cambridge led Public Debates on Global Food Security: Feeding Seven Billion

Debate 1: Biotechnology, Intellectual Property and Twenty First Century Crops

Chair: Professor Christopher Gilligan, Chair, Cambridge University Strategic Initiative in Global Food Security; Professor of Mathematical Biology, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge


Dr Derek Byerlee
Chair, Standing Panel on Impact Assessment, Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research. Chief Author of the World Bank World Development Report 2008 Agriculture for Development.

Professor Ian Crute
Chief Scientist, Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board. Lead Expert Group for the UK Foresight project on Food and Farming Future

Professor Jack Kloppenburg
University of Wisconsin. Distinguished environmental sociologist and award winning author of First the Seed: The Political Economy of Biotechnology

Venue: King's Place, London (Hall One)

Date: 26 November 2012

Time: 7pm

Tickets: £9.50


Event » ReSource 2012

Prepare for the unexpected. For two days in July, great thinkers and leaders will converge on Oxford for a new kind of forum.

From politics to philanthropy, from the arts to the military, from business to academia, Re|Source brings together the best in their fields.

Using interactive technologies, panels & debates, Re|Source will address pressing & specific resource issues & come up with original, workable ideas & untapped investment opportunities.


The world's energy, water and food systems are tightly linked. How will these vital resources cope in the coming decades from a growing and more prosperous global population?

Join the RGS for this unique opportunity to hear from our internationally renowned speakers and a chance to put your own questions to them.

Panel members

  • Peter Voser: Chief Executive Officer of Royal Dutch Shell
  • Tim Brown: Chief Executive Officer and President of IDEO
  • Professor Kevin Noone: Stockholm Resilience Centre

Department for Continuing Education - Professonal Development

Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) are a vital part of the planning process and anyone interested in pursuing work in consultancy or with an NGO will need to have an understanding of them. This session will introduce students to Environmental Impact Assessment in a global, European and national context. Students will be led through the key stages of the process, enabling a discussion of the issues of this system in the context of UK planning policy.

Tutor: Katherine Drayson of Oxford Brookes University

Date: Sat 9 to Sun 10 Nov 2013, 10am-5pm each day

Location: Ewert House, Summertown, Oxford

Course fee: £295.00


Department for Continuing Education - Professonal Development

This one day course will introduce students to the factors driving globalisation and how this changes the way our economic systems work. Students will investigate the growth of global corporations and the impacts of large corporations on the environment, both globally and more locally. We will examine how this is changing understanding of the interactions between business, environment and society and what is needed for sustainability. The course will also review corporate responses and the potential role of business in a sustainable future.

Tutor: Jane Corbett

Date: Sat 18 Jan 2014, 10am-5pm

Location: Ewert House, Summertown, Oxford

Course fee: £125.00


Department for Continuing Education - Professonal Development

It is anticipated that the day will be divided into two sessions covering global food security in the morning, and biofuels in the afternoon. These sessions aim to cover the following themes:

Examining issues around global food security/insecurity:

  • World food demand and need
  • Population growth and income
  • Examining the underlying causes of food insecurity
  • How can food security be improved?
  • The importance of plant health in food security
  • New ways of extension

Insights into Biofuels: pros and cons:

  • Biofuels- sustainable energy or threat to biodiversity and food production?
  • Policy and science around the biofuel debate
  • Biofuels as invasive species

Tutor: Dr Julie Flood of CABI

Date: Fri 7 Mar 2014, 10am-5pm

Location: Ewert House, Summertown, Oxford

Course fee: £125.00


Department for Continuing Education - Professonal Development

Geographic Information System (GIS) is becoming a vital tool in Conservation Management. GIS permits the digital mapping of species locations, transect routes, reserve boundaries, and reserve features (such as ponds) and reserve management (such as coppiced areas). NGOs are using digital programmes to develop and link with GIS, as a vital component of more robust methods of planning management and recording. This session will assume no prior knowledge of GIS and introduce students to the basics, utilising Phase 1 data to enable students to gain first-hand experience, under the watchful eye of the tutor who has 30 years’ experience in GIS mapping.

Tutor: Chris Talbot

Date: Tue 15 Oct 2013, 10am-5pm

Location: Ewert House, Summertown, Oxford

Course fee: £95.00