Past events

Mon 09 March, 2015

Speakers: Tom Curtis, 3Keel & Julian Cottee, 3Keel & Good Food Oxford

Title: Community initiatives for a sustainable food system in Oxford

Date: Monday 9 March

Time: 4.15pm

Location: Gottman Room, OUCE

The talk will be 30-45 minutes, followed by a Q&A session and then a short wine reception.

Everyone welcome.

The FoodPrinting Oxford report (2013) developed a methodology to quantify for the first time the environmental impacts and dependencies of food consumption in Oxford in terms of land, water and energy use, and greenhouse gas emissions. In addition it evaluated options for taking action at city level and identified groups of organisations and businesses able to act in different areas. Included in this options appraisal was an assessment of the productive capacity around Oxford’s geographical ‘city-region’.  A year later, a new organisation, Good Food Oxford, took shape develop the city’s capacity to coordinate effective food sustainability activities. We will report on the approach that has been taken and how new cross-sector collaborations have started to build on the FoodPrinting report to take on the complex challenge of behaviour change.

Thu 05 March, 2015

Unit for Biocultural Variation and Obesity Seminars – Hilary Term 2015

Convener: Stanley Ulijaszek

Seminars generally involve a 35-40 minute presentation followed by approximately 20 minutes of questions and discussion. Anyone is welcome to attend.

To view previous speakers, and to access slides and audio recordings from previous seminars, please visit our seminar archive.

All welcome!

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

Date: Thursday 5 March

Time: 1-2 pm

Speaker: Osea Giuntella, Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford

Title: Are Tacos Healthier than Burgers? Migration, Food Diversity, and Health Gains from Variety

Mon 02 March, 2015

Speaker: Professor John Porter, University of Copenhagen

Title: Food systems of capital cities

Date: Monday 2 March

Time: 4.15pm

Location: Gottman Room, OUCE

The talk will be 30-45 minutes, followed by a Q&A session and then a short wine reception.

Everyone welcome.

John Porter will present some analyses of the food system of capital cities as well as an overview of the AR5 IPCC chapter on food security and food production systems that he led recently. He will also present some new ideas on developing ideal cropping systems, based on the earlier concept of crop ideotypes.

Thu 26 February, 2015

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

Thu 26 February, 2015

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.

Join in on Twitter #2015climate

This seminar will be live webcast on YouTube

Please Register to attend here.

Thu 26 February, 2015

Health Economics and Policy Seminar Series

Date: Thursday 26 February

Time: 4.30pm

Venue: Blavatnik School of Government, Board Room

Speaker: John Cawley, Cornell University

Title: Incentivizing Nutritious Diets: A Field Experiment of Relative Price Changes and How They are Framed

Thu 26 February, 2015

Unit for Biocultural Variation and Obesity Seminars – Hilary Term 2015

Convener: Stanley Ulijaszek

Seminars generally involve a 35-40 minute presentation followed by approximately 20 minutes of questions and discussion. Anyone is welcome to attend.

To view previous speakers, and to access slides and audio recordings from previous seminars, please visit our seminar archive.

All welcome!

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

Date: Thursday 26 February

Time: 1-2 pm

Speaker: Julian Savulescu, Uehiro Foundation on Ethics and Education, University of Oxford

Title: Obesity, Responsibility, and Ethics

Mon 23 February, 2015

Speaker: Professor Michael Hamm, Michigan State University

Title: Regional food systems for improved resilience

Date: Monday 23 February

Time: 4.15pm

Location: Gottman Room, OUCE

The talk will be 30-45 minutes, followed by a Q&A session and then a short wine reception.

Everyone welcome.

We in the developed world have tended to concentrate our food sources in areas with a ‘comparative advantage’ for production, typically for climatic reasons.  The cost of energy, post-harvest handling technology, and varietal development has made this possible.  We have entered a period where increased extreme weather events and climatic shifts make this a more risky venture – and provide a strong rationale for regionalized food systems to increase resilience of our food system and help insure food security. This seminar will use examples from the United States and East Africa to illustrate the notion and rationale.

Thu 19 February, 2015

Unit for Biocultural Variation and Obesity Seminars – Hilary Term 2015

Convener: Stanley Ulijaszek

Seminars generally involve a 35-40 minute presentation followed by approximately 20 minutes of questions and discussion. Anyone is welcome to attend.

To view previous speakers, and to access slides and audio recordings from previous seminars, please visit our seminar archive.

All welcome!

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

Date: Thursday 19 February

Time: 1-2 pm

Speaker: Darryl Stellmach, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford

Title: “The dynamics in the details”: an ethnography of food aid, weights and measures in South Sudan.

Wed 18 February, 2015

Speaker: Dr Elin Röös, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Title: Designing Sustainable Diets at a National Level – a Case Study of Sweden

Date: Wednesday 18 February

Time: 4.15pm

Location: Gottman Room, OUCE

The talk will be 30-45 minutes, followed by a Q&A session and then a short wine reception.

Everyone welcome.

Livestock production is responsible for 14,5% of global GHG emissions and one third of arable land is used to grow feed. The consumption of meat and dairy must be reduced in the developed world to meet sustainability targets. But what is a sustainable level of animal products in the diet? Many advocate raising animals on resources that are not suitable for human consumption such as grass from marginal land unsuited for crop production and by-products, while using arable land to produce human edible foods. But how much meat and what kind of diet would such an approach result in? In this seminar I will present and discuss the sustainability of such diets produced in Sweden and its implications for Swedish agriculture.

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