'NextGen' Scientists Needed to Build on Historic Successes of Agriculture Research

Free Public Lecture

'NextGen' Scientists Needed to Build on Historic Successes of Agriculture Research

The Craig Auditorium
The Gateway Building (Next to University of Melbourne Sports Centre)

Parkville campus

Trinity College, Tin Alley

Booking not required

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More than 30 per cent of the world was hungry in the 1960s; today it's around 15 per cent. Population has doubled in that time. The huge success of feeding an extra 3 billion people ranks as one of humanity's greatest feats.

Agricultural science underpinned this success via a wealth of innovative research for development conducted in diverse environments and cultures around the world. Australia has been a consistent contributor to this major effort, including via international agricultural research centres – particularly those that form the CGIAR, a global research-for-development partnership working for a food-secure future. Australians have been highly represented in these elite research centers since their beginnings in the 1960s. Now, 50 years on, a new generation of agricultural scientists and thought leaders is needed to carry on this scientific and humanitarian work in the face of such complex and 'wickedly' inter-related problems as world poverty and hunger, global warming and mass migration.

In this lecture, Professor Falvey will recount some of the world's agricultural successes and, using personal examples, will show why engagement of the 'NextGen' is so critical for finding lasting solutions to these global challenges.

This lecture is held as part of World Food Day and is presented by the Crawford Fund and the University of Melbourne's Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences. It is part of the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences' 2019 Dean's Lecture Series.

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