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Elizabeth Creak Distinguished Guest Lecture 2023

Food for thought

Monday 16 October 2023, IBRB.

Refreshments from 4.30pm, introduction 5.15pm, lecture starts at 5.30pm.

Join the School of Life Sciences and renowned Tunisian biologist Professor Sophien Kamoun on World Food Day to explore a global challenge in agriculture.

His talk on ‘Keeping up with the plant killers’ will focus on plant pathogens (disease causing organisms) and how they threaten the crops we all depend on to survive.


About the speaker

Professor Sophien Kamoun is a Senior Scientist at The Sainsbury Laboratory and a Professor of Biology at The University of East Anglia in Norwich.

Known for his seminal contributions to our understanding of plant diseases and plant immunity, Professor Kamoun has developed new ways to fight serious crop diseases through innovative work in plant pathology. He has won several awards, including the Kuwait Prize and The Linnean Medal, and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2018.

At the event, you’ll have a chance to learn more about the University of Warwick’s world-leading horticultural research at our new Innovation Campus development near Stratford-upon-Avon. And you can find out how Warwick researchers are working to solve global challenges around food security and crop sustainability.

Professor Miriam Gifford, Head of the School of Life Sciences, will also share the vision behind Warwick’s ‘STEM Grand Challenge’, a significant investment to enhance Science and Engineering education, research, and facilities.

The lecture will be hosted at the state-of-the-art Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research Building on the Gibbet Hill campus.
Refreshments will be served and a drinks reception will follow the event. Staff and students should register if they wish to attend the drinks reception.