Wednesday 26 June: 10am - 1pm
The Kenilworth Centre, Abbey End Car Park, Abbey End, Kenilworth CV8 1QJ
After the success of our Energy Ideas Cafe last year we've teamed up with local University of the Third Age groups again to bring you a morning of round table discussion about the latest climate change and sustainability research happening at the University. Invited speakers will present briefly on a range of topics around climate change such as the science behind climate change, economic practices, international justice and climate change resistance.
Ideas Cafés are interactive events which bring together members of the public and Warwick academics to discuss and engage in the exciting research that they are undertaking. The morning is informal and designed to promote different ways of thinking about research and its practical applications in real life situations. The audience will listen to a number of short presentations, and then have the opportunity to sit with the academics to discuss provocative questions and feedback on their thoughts and experiences.
‘Global Warming and Climate Change: The scientific consensus’ – Alastair Smith (Senor Teaching Fellow, Global Sustainable Development) – Alastair is a highly interdisciplinary academic, now specialising in university education for global Sustainable Development. Among his work he teaches foundational science for understanding the environmental principles relevant to collective transitions to more sustainable futures.
‘Climate Change and the Food Chain’ Rosemary Collier (Professor, Warwick Crop Centre) - Rosemary trained as an entomologist and has worked on the pest insects of horticultural crops for many years. She is particularly interested in using science to address problems in the horticultural industry. She currently teaches students on a range of topics associated with sustainable crop production and food security, including the challenges of achieving global food security, organic and low input systems, and Integrated Pest Management.
'Climate Change Denial' David Mond (Professor, Mathematics Institute) – David’s research interests include Singularity Theory and Algebraic Geometry and he teaches on a cross-disciplinary module exploring the scientific, philosophical, social, economic, political and technological challenges of climate change from a range of different perspectives.
'Soil Degradation' Amy Newman (PhD Student, School of Life Sciences) - Amy investigates the presence and influence of circadian rhythms on plant-microbe interactions in the soil. Circadian clocks are timekeeping mechanisms, and the circadian rhythms they generate allow organisms to synchronise with daily changes in their environment.
Light refreshments will be available throughout the event
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