Our Changing World
A series of public lectures examining the global challenges facing society, and the role of academia in meeting these challenges.
There is a growing recognition across the world of the urgency of tackling a range of difficult, complex and inter-related issues that impact human wellbeing.
These issues include food, energy and water security, the spread of infectious diseases, developments in technology and medicine, and climate change.
The series, delivered by distinguished speakers, focuses on the contribution academia can make to understanding and addressing these global challenges.
These lectures also form the basis of a interdisciplinary course for students at Edinburgh.
This optional course aims to engage our students to:
- think about these global challenges across traditional subject boundaries
- understand the relevance and impact of their own subject discipline in the broader context
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Lecture series content
- Prof. Michael Northcott - Fair Trade or Free Trade? Competing Moral Economies in a Changing World
- Prof. David Hume - The Genes in our Food
- Prof. Sir Ian Wilmut - The Quest for New Therapies by Stem Cell Research
- Dr Liz Grant - Palliative Care: A Global Development Challenge
- Prof. Lord Robert Winston - Enlightenment lecture: Medicine, Ethics and Society
- Prof. David Finnegan - The Human Genome: Everybody Has One
- Prof. Paul Palmer - A Brief History of Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide
- Prof. Ian Bryden - Sustainable Technology: Meeting our Future Needs and Aspirations
- Dr Michael Shaver - The Intertwined World of "Peak" Oil, Renewables and Sustainability
- Prof. Mary Robinson - Enlightenment lecture: Human Rights in the Modern World
- Prof. Ian Deary - Ageing World, Ageing Mind
- Prof. Paul Digard - Epidemic to Pandemic: The Ever-Changing World of Viruses
- Prof. Mona Siddiqui - Religion, Rights and the Secular Space
- Dr Paul Kelly - The War on Drugs
- Prof. Catharine Ward Thompson - Is green good for you? Health and access to natural environments
- Prof. Alan Miller - From climate change to climate justice
- Dr Heather Lovell - Climate Change and its Challenge for Policy Makers
- Prof. Alexander Tudhope - Tropical Climate Change and Variability
- Prof. Aubrey Manning - Enlightenment lecture: Population - Can We Begin to Talk Sensibly?
- Prof. Jamie Davies - Synthetic Biology: The Potential and The Problems of Re-engineering Life
- Prof. Christine Bell - Dealing with the Past: Peace v Justice?
- Prof. Helen Sang - Food for the Future: The Potential of GM Animals
- Dr Kenneth Amaeshi - Sustainable Business in Emerging Markets
- Dr Neil Robertson - Powering Ahead - Solar and Renewable Energy
- Dr Richard Milne - Critical Thinking on Climate Change: separating skepticism from denial
- Prof. Stuart Haszeldine - Fuelling the Future: Electricity With Carbon Capture and Geological Storage
- Dr Andy Kerr - Meeting the 21st Century Challenges of Climate Change and Energy Security
- Jon Snow - Enlightenment lecture: A Changing Media in a Changing World
- Prof. Siddharthan Chandran and Prof. Charles Ffrench-Constant - Are Stem Cells the Future of Regenerative Medicine?
- Prof. Dorothy Crawford - The Invisible Enemy: Microbes and Us
- Prof. Sue Welburn - One World, One Health: From Rhetoric Towards Reality
- Prof. Roger Jeffery - Population: How Much of a Problem?
- Dr David Reay - Climate Change: The Solutions
- Prof. Gabriele Hegerl - Climate Change: Past, Present and Future
- Prof. Paul van Gardingen - Global Challenges: The Perfect Storm?
This article was published on Nov 8, 2013