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Grand Challenges Seminar Series 2017

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Oxford Martin School

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This seminar series will provide a forum to hear from a panel of experts who will be debating some of the most pressing issues facing scientists and the public today. The debates are organised by first year PhD students studying at the University of Oxford as part of the NERC Doctoral Training Partnership in Evironmental Research and are kindly hosted by the Oxford Martin School and Hertford College.

The seminars will follow a discussion amongst panelists on several key issues relating to a topic, followed by an audience Q&A. The event will begin at 5.30pm in the Oxford Martin School - please arrive early in time to find a seat. A coffee/drinks reception will be held afterwards in Hertfod College. Tickets are available via Eventbrite. Some tickets will be available on-the-door but will be on a first-come, first-serve basis and will be limited by capacity.

Tuesday 2nd May: The Pale Red Dot: Colonising Mars and Beyond
Tuesday 9th May: Fighting Aliens: Invasive Species in the 21st Century
Tuesday 16th May: To What Extent Should Scientists Be Activists?
Tuesday 23rd May: The 2 trillionth tonne: Consequences of severe climate change in 2100
Tuesday 30th May: Sustainable Diets in the 21st Century

Please stay tuned for updated event descriptions and speaker lists.


Tuesday 2nd May: The Pale Red Dot: Colonising Mars and Beyond

Chair
Dr Paul Jepson Senior Research Fellow, Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment

Panelists
Andy Weir Award winning author of "The Martian"
Dr Ellen Stofan Former Chief Scientist, NASA
Professor Andrew Coates Deputy Director at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory, UCL
Libby Jackson Human Spaceflight and Microgravity Programme Manager, UK Space Agency


Tuesday 9th May: Fighting Aliens: Invasive Species in the 21st Century

Chair
Professor E.J. Milner-Gulland Tasso Leventis Professor of Biodiversity and Director of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Conservation Science (ICCS), University of Oxford

Panelists
Professor Helen Roy Ecologist, NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology
Professor Chris D. Thomas Professor in the Department of Biology, University of York
Dr David Aldridge Head of the Aquatic Ecology Group, University of Cambridge
Fred Pearce Environmental journalist and author of "The New Wild: Why invasive species will be nature's salvation"


Tuesday 16th May: To What Extent Should Scientists Be Activists?

Chair
Fiona Fox, Chief Executive of the Science Media Centre

Panelists
Bob Ward, Policy and Communications Director at the Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy, LSE
Professor Ian Boyd, Chief Scientific Adviser to Defra and Professor in Biology at the University of St Andrews
Dr Rosie Woodroffe, Senior Research Fellow, Zoological Society of London
Dr Joanna Dally, Head of Policy (Research), the Royal Society


Tuesday 23rd May: The 2 trillionth tonne: Consequences of severe climate change in 2100

Chair
Professor Myles Allen Professor of Geosystem Science and Head of the Climate Dynamics Group, University of Oxford

Panelists
Professor Tim Lenton Chair in Climate Change/Earth System Science, University of Exeter
Nicholas Crane President of the Royal Geographical Society
Achim Steiner Director of the Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford


Tuesday 30th May: Sustainable diets in the 21st century

Chair
Professor Charles Godfray Hope Professor & Director, Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food

Panelists
Sir Peter Kendall, Former NFU President, Chairman of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board
Dr. Marco Springmann James Martin Fellow, Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food
Helen Browning Chief Executive of the Soil Association
4th panelist To be confirmed



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The event is free and tickets can be swapped

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Yes

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