Norwich talk on climate and food security
How can we feed ten billion people? Professor Cristóbal Uauy from John Innes Centre Norwich will speak at St Peter Mancroft church on October 12, organised by Science and Faith in Norfolk group.
During the next few decades, global warming and extreme weather events such as heat-waves, droughts and floods will greatly increase the threat of food insecurity. With so much uncertainty, how can farmers provide enough food to satisfy billions of people across the globe?
Professor Cristóbal Uauy will explain how crop scientists are developing new varieties to nourish our ever-growing population in a period of rapid climate change. His open lecture at St Peter Mancroft Church takes place on Tuesday 12th October at 7.30 pm. It forms part of the Gaia Exhibition that will highlight the social implications of the climate emergency.
In recent years, plant breeders have exploited natural genetic variation to develop cultivars with improved yield and nutritional value. Similarly, new varieties can be selected for better adaptation to a changing climate. Given the current stresses on food production systems around the world, future advances will require a broad range of new genetic techniques, including gene editing.
The research of Professor Uauyat the John Innes Centre will be used to improve crop varieties for farmers in many parts of the world, including India, Ethiopia, Kenya, Brazil, Chile and Mexico. His work with wheat has gained extensive international recognition and he was recently awarded the Research Medal of the Royal Agricultural Society. He began his research career in Chile and then moved to California. With his international background, he is passionate about training the next generation of crop scientists to adapt to the changing climate all round the world.
The talk is organised by Science and Faith in Norfolk (SFN), a Norwich-based discussion group exploring the interface between science, faith and social responsibility. All are welcome – of all faiths and none. There will be a (voluntary) retiring collection.
The Gaia Exhibition at St Peter Mancroft features a six-metre model of Planet Earth. This rotating globe, six metres in diameter, is based on NASA imagery reduced in scale by 2.1 million times. Each centimetre of the sculpture equates to 21km of the Earth’s surface. Gaia helps us to appreciate the frailty of our planet home, its biosphere and its susceptibility to climate change.
Further information is available on the SFN and SPM websites
Tuesday 12th October, 7.30 – 8.45 pm
St Peter Mancroft Church, Norwich NR2 1QZ
Open Lecture with Discussion
Science and Faith in Norfolk (SFN)
Dr Nick Brewin firstname.lastname@example.org; Mob 07901 884114