Past events

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.

Mon 16 February, 2015

CHEW: China's Health, Environment and Welfare Research Group is pleased to announce Oxford's first screening of a new documentary that examines the rapidly increasing consumption of animal-based foods in China:

What's For Dinner

Date: Monday, February 16

Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Vanue: Wadham College, Parks Road, OX1 3PN Oxford, Oxfordshire

'What's for Dinner?' is a 29-minute documentary by award-winning independent filmmaker Jian Yi, co-produced by US 'action tank' Brighter Green and dGenerate Films. Through interviews with pig farmers, abbatoir operators, livestock entrepreneurs and environmentalists, this film offers a unique look into China’s rapidly changing food and agricultural landscape and sheds light on some of its consequences for public health, sustainability, the environment, climate change, and animal welfare. Much of the footage documents places, people, and events that have never been filmed before in China.

The screening will be introduced by Mia MacDonald, Executive Director of Brighter Green and Senior Fellow at Worldwatch Institute. Isabel Hilton, Editor of chinadialogue.net and international journalist and broadcaster, will offer comments.

Meet at Wadham College lodge at 6pm to be taken through to the Gillese-Badun room in the MCR.

Thu 12 February, 2015

Join the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) on 12 February for a seminar on environmental change and food security, presented by Dr John Ingram of Oxford University's Environmental Change Institute (ECI).

Date: Thursday, 12 February, 2015

Time: 4-5.30pm

Venue: International Institute for Environment and Development, 80-86 Gray's Inn Road, London WC1X 8NH.

To attend this event: contact Claire Hatfield (claire.hatfield@iied.org), assistant coordinator of the Partnerships team at IIED.

Thu 12 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 12 February

Time: 1-2 pm

Speaker: Sebastiano Collino, Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences

Title: Healthy ageing, longevity and stratified intervention for the elderly population

Thu 29 January, 2015

Plant Sciences Research Seminar

Speaker: Dr Salomé Prat, CNB CSIC

Time: 1pm

Date: Thursday 29th January

Location: Large Lecture Theatre, Department of Plant Sciences

Thu 04 December, 2014

Speaker: Dr. Gary Martin (Global Diversity Foundation)

Time: 5.30pm

Date: Thursday, December 4th

Venue: Danson Room, Trinity College

Sponsored by the Trinity College Scientific Society

Refreshments will be provided.

Thu 27 November, 2014

Unit for Biocultural Variation and Obesity – Karolinska Institutet Workshop

Developmental Frameworks of Childhood Obesity

Conveners: Stanley Ulijaszek and Paulina Nowicka

Date: Thursday 27 November 2014

Time: 1pm - 6.30pm

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

Please view Developmental Frameworks of Childhood Obesity workshop 2014: Final programme

To register, contact Paulina Nowicka: paulina.nowicka@anthro.ox.ac.uk

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