World-renowned Professor to address Science for Life Lecture

Published: 9 May 2018

A world-renowned professor of agricultural research will discuss the changing global landscape of agriculture at the upcoming Science for Life Lecture, given as part of the SEFARI PhD competition.

Hosted by Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), The Rapidly Changing Global Landscape for Agriculture and Agricultural R&D will be held at SRUC’s Edinburgh Campus on Friday 25 May.

Philip Pardey, Professor of Science and Technology Policy in the Department of Applied Economics at the University of Minnesota, will be delivering a lecture on the changing nature of agricultural consumption and production worldwide, and the rapidly shifting global landscape on public and private investments in food and agricultural research and development.

Prof Pardey is the author of more than 360 books, articles, and papers, and is also the Director of Global Research Strategy for the College of Food Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences and the Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station. He directs the University’s International Science and Technology Practice and Policy (InSTePP) Center.

The Science for Life Lecture concludes the annual inter-institutional SEFARI PhD Conference. The two-day competition will see PhD students – from SRUC, Moredun Research Institute, The James Hutton Institute, The Rowett Institute, Biomathematics and Statistics Scotland (BioSS) and Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh – compete to give the best oral presentation on their research project for a cash prize.

Mark Hocart, Dean and Manager of Postgraduate Studies at SRUC, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Prof Pardey to SRUC for the Science for life Lecture. The conference is an exciting opportunity for our PhD students to showcase the range of world-changing projects taking place here at SRUC, and will also allow them to hear Prof Pardey present on global perspectives of agriculture.

“Being able to attend lectures from international guests allows our students to gain a broad understanding of global developments and helps them to develop the skills to go forward and address some of the big challenges facing society, such as how future food production will be influenced by changes in research and development.”

The Rapidly Changing Global Landscape for Agriculture and Agricultural R&D will be held at SRUC’s King’s Building Campus in Edinburgh on Friday 25 May at 2pm.

Members of the public who would like to register for the free event, please email by 16 May.


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