Teagasc/RDS lecture series kicks off with ‘Perfect Storm’

Teagasc and the RDS have joined forces to organise a public lecture series on the theme ‘Grand Challenges for Global Agriculture and Food’. This important series will deal with the growing challenges of sustainably meeting the food security needs of a rapidly increasing global population and will be presented by outstanding international scientists and policymakers.

Teagasc and the RDS have joined forces to organise a public lecture series on the theme ‘Grand Challenges for Global Agriculture and Food’. This important series will deal with the growing challenges of sustainably meeting the food security needs of a rapidly increasing global population and will be presented by outstanding international scientists and policymakers.

The series will contribute to heightening awareness of the scale of the problem and how all of us - governments, civil society, the private sector and individual consumers – have a role to play in addressing the challenges.

Professor Sir John Beddington, Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Government and Member of High-Level Stakeholder Group responsible for the 2011 UK Foresight Report on The Future of Food and Farming, will deliver the inaugural lecture in the Concert Hall, RDS, Dublin on July 12 at 5pm. Professor Beddington will provide an overview of the many challenges facing agriculture and food production to 2050 in a lecture entitled “The Perfect Storm: The International Challenge of Food, Water and Energy Security”.

The lecture will be followed by a panel discussion with invited speakers, chaired by Mr Leo Enright, Journalist and Broadcaster

“We need a strong debate at national and EU level on these issues, and we need to understand the global nature of these challenges so we can contribute effectively to the international discussion. As the national body responsible for the Science & Technology needs of the Irish agri-food industry, Teagasc has a responsibility to develop this debate,” explains Dr Frank O’Mara, Director of Research, Teagasc.

“As Dublin and Ireland will be a focus for international attention during this year of ‘Dublin City of Science’, Teagasc wishes to use the opportunity to focus greater attention on the ‘grand challenges’ for food and agriculture by featuring a series of high profile lectures presented by outstanding international scientists and policymakers to invited audiences of scientists, policymakers, leading business people and others of influence. Furthermore, we aim to make innovative use of modern technology to extend the breadth of participation and influence of this series and aim to make it a truly international event,” said Dr Lance O’Brien, Head of Foresight and Strategy Development in Teagasc.”

While attendance at the event is free, pre-booking is required. Contact: lectureseries@teagasc.ie; 059 917 0200; web: http://www.teagasc.ie/events/2012/20120712a.asp