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CLES Global lecture series

Global lecture series

Our monthly online lecture series showcases some of the most globally impactful research in the College of Life and Environmental Sciences.

In each lecture, our world-class academics will share an area of their research relating to the UN Sustainable Development Goals for peace and prosperity for people and the planet.

Upcoming lectures

All lectures take place via Zoom and are 90 minutes long, including a Q&A session. Book a lecture via the links below.

Recordings will be available on this page.

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Climate change and the global burden of crop pests and diseases

Professor Dan Bebber and Dr Muhammad Mohsin Raza (Biosciences)

We discuss climate change and the global burden of crop pests and pathogens (CPPs) on food security and ecosystem management. Dan explains the interactions between plants and their natural enemies, and how they are influenced by environmental conditions.

Fundamentally, global warming and climate change could affect CPP ranges and impact: observations of changing CPP distributions over the twentieth century suggest that growing agricultural production and trade have been most important in disseminating CPPs.

Wed 1 Sept 2021

14:00-15:30 BST

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Accelerating energy transitions: governance and empowerment

Professor Catherine Mitchell and Dr Richard Lowes (Geography)

With energy consumption responsible for around three quarters of global greenhouse gas emissions, meeting the goals set out in the Paris agreement implies a rapid transition of the energy system away from fossil fuels. This lecture discusses how the global energy transition can be accelerated through the reform of governance and policy processes, and how issues of power and vested interest risk slowing or derailing the energy transition.

Life Below Water: Changing the Soundtrack of the Ocean

Professor Steve Simpson (Biosciences)

Far from being a silent world, our oceans are a rich tapestry of sound. But this soundtrack is rapidly changing at the hands of humans, with devastating consequences for marine ecosystems. But Steve believes it's not too late and that with creative solutions, we can restore natural soundscapes and help save the many animals that depend on acoustics for their survival. Hear how you can support the change in direction and restore a natural rhythm to our oceans.