Talks, Lectures and Seminars
An opportunity to hear about the latest research by invited experts in their field. All are welcome to attend.
What kind of 'sustainability' might African Anthropogenic Dark Earths and their social and ecological context point to?
Dr James Fraser, Lancaster Environment Centre
Wednesday 22 May 2013, 1230-1330
LEC Training Room 1
Today we face grand challenges in ensuring food security in the face of climate change. Commentators suggest that 'Anthropogenic Dark Earths' - high fertility carbon rich soils that are most well known as a legacy of pre-Columbian populations in Amazonia - could inspire solutions to achieving 'sustainable intensification,' or 'climate-smart agriculture,' especially in food and climate insecure regions such as West Africa. I will present interdisciplinary research that shows how Loma speaking...
Barking up the right tree: what hydrological benefits can be expected realistically from tropical reforestation programmes?
Professor LA (Sampurno) Bruijnzeel, VU University Amsterdam
Wednesday 22 May 2013, 1500-1600
LEC Training Rooms 1 And 2
Abstract: Perceived hydrological benefits of tropical reforestation programmes have come under severe scrutiny in recent years with "public" and "scientific" views differing widely. Some would argue that the "scientific" perception tends to overemphasise the high water use of trees while downplaying or even ignoring such positive aspects of forestation as enhanced infiltration and soil protection. In this talk the state of play will be presented with regard to the impacts of...
Dr Nathan Roger, Swansea University
Thursday 30 May 2013, 1300-1400
The research described in this talk,argues that since September 11th 2001 image warfare has replaced techno-war (first premiered during the 1991 Gulf War) as the primary warfighting model. It suggests that image warfare is a form of warfare in which al-Qaeda currently dominates while the West is still playing catch-up. Consequently there is an urgent need to better understand image warfare, rather than merely revising techno-war strategies, in an attempt to counter the new security challenges...
Dr Jason Chapman, Insect Migration & Spatial Ecology group, Rothamsted Research, UK
Monday 17 June 2013, 1600-1700
Lecture Theatre 10, Management School Building
Carol Boyer-Spooner, CEO, Chemistry Innovation Knowledge Transfer Network/International Business Leaders Forum
Wednesday 23 October 2013, 1300-1500
Venue To Be Confirmed
Chemicals Northwest is the industry-led, chemical cluster support organisation for the £10 billion North West chemical sector, the largest in the UK, and works in partnership with both the private and public sectors. The talk will give an overview of the innovation priorities for the chemical sector.
Stuart Armstrong, QinetiQ
Wednesday 06 November 2013, 1300-1500
Venue To Be Confirmed
Stuart is the Chief Technology Officer for QinetiQ's Simulation and Training Group. Stuart started his career at the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (then part of the UK MOD) in 1999, developing defence simulations and joined QinetiQ when it was privatised in 2001. Since then, Stuart has been responsible for the practical exploitation and application of many simulation technologies in support of a wide and diverse military user base.