School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Melbourne
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This event is offered via Zoom: https://unimelb.zoom.us/j/84719371601?pwd=dmhLeGZtS25XU1Z2bE5pL3ZhdEIydz09
Against the backdrop of a changing climate, animal welfare concerns, antimicrobial resistance and rising food-related illnesses, the livestock industry faces mounting limits to business-as-usual. In response to this context of impending tipping points, over the last decade there has been rapid growth in the development of high-tech alternatives to conventional animal-sourced foodstuffs. This activity has to date concentrated mostly within Western geographies – particularly North America and Europe – and has been characterised by three main categories of alternative proteins: edible insects, plant-based substitutes, and a movement commonly referred to as “cellular agriculture”. A shared motivation of these new ventures is to create products that offer fewer environmental impacts, reduce or negate animal suffering, and provide nutritionally superior alternatives to their conventional counterparts. They also promise the same, if not better, sensory experiences as ‘real’ animal foodstuffs.
In this talk, Dr Alexandra Sexton will explore the implications alternative proteins present to the future of food and farming. She will examine how these technologies are redefining our understandings of what food is and should be in a time of planetary crisis, at the same time as they are redefining who and where power is concentrated in food production. Exploring these trends, the talk will raise timely questions about where the future of (protein) food is heading, and who is set to win or lose as alternative proteins develop. More broadly, Alexandra will use these technologies to revisit longstanding debates about the contested role of technology, capitalism and science in the ordering and betterment of contemporary societies.
The COVID-19 pandemic has emerged at a time when multilateralism is under unprecedented stresses and tensions. At the same time, the pandemic has transformed the ways in which we live and work – accelerating pre-existing trends towards digitalization, and opening up further opportunities for the use of innovation and creativity to drive growth.
In this address, Daren Tang, Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), will reflect on the ways in which WIPO and the global intellectual property ecosystem can respond to these developments and the challenges they bring.
The address will be followed by an interactive discussion with Mr Tang, hosted by Professor Andrew Christie, Melbourne Law School, and Ms Janelle Borham, President of the Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia. Attendees will be able to pose questions for discussion.
This webinar is being delivered live at 6.00pm AEDT Wednesday 20 October. For other time zones, please see details below:
6:00pm AEDT (NSW Tas Vic)
5:30pm ACDT (SA)
5:00pm AEST (Qld)
3:00pm AWST (WA)
8:00pm NZDT (NZ)
Francis Gurry Lecture on Intellectual Property
The Francis Gurry Lecture on Intellectual Property was established by the Melbourne Law School, in conjunction with the Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia, in 2009. The Lecture is named in honour of the Law School’s distinguished alumnus, Dr Francis Gurry, Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (2008-2020).
The Francis Gurry Lecture series has been generously supported by AIPPI Australia, IP Australia, IPSANZ and LESANZ.