Melbourne Medical School at the University of Melbourne
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How much more remarkable could the US presidential election become? A global pandemic, a president stricken with the disease, American cities ablaze in protest, the death of a Supreme Court justice and the fierce battle to replace her, the most risible presidential debate in American history, economic depression and a culture in crisis.
Facing an election like no other, we have brought together a group of leading US politics experts to debate the central issues of the campaign as they unfold. In dynamic conversation with the University of Melbourne’s Tim Lynch, guests will offer a window into the key pressure points of American politics and what they could mean for Australia and the world.
All sessions will be held 12.30pm-1.15pm on Zoom. Registrants will be sent a Zoom link and reminder by email one hour before each session.
Thursday, 15 October: Associate Professor Andrea Carson (La Trobe University) joins Tim Lynch to discuss the impact of the media and the COVID-19 pandemic on the election.
Thursday, 22 October: Professor Roger A. Fairfax Jr. (The George Washington University, Washington DC) joins Tim Lynch to discuss the criminal justice reform, race, and policing issues at play during the 2020 campaign.
Thursday, 29 October: Associate Professor Tom Daly (Melbourne School of Government, University of Melbourne) joins Tim Lynch to unpack the possible global consequences of the impending vote.
Thursday, 5 November: Guest panellists return to discuss the outcome of the election.
The global demand for protein is increasing, and meeting this demand is an essential aspect of food security. Simultaneously, traditional agriculture is reaching production and sustainability limits.
A new protein production landscape is rapidly evolving to meet this demand. This includes cell-based and plant-based products, with strong interest from manufacturers, incubators, non-profits and academia, and funding from both the industry and venture capital seed and growth firms.
Plant-based burgers are increasingly common in food service (restaurants, cafes, takeaway) and on supermarket shelves, and there is also potential for burgers to be made from cultivated meat, algae or other cells.
In this Dean’s Research Seminar for the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, leading meat scientist Professor Robyn Warner will discuss the science challenges around the nutritional value, sustainability and consumer acceptance of the “burger of the future”, whether it is produced from meat, plants or cells.
Professor Warner leads the Future Food Hallmark Research Initiative, a multi-disciplinary, University of Melbourne-funded project applying a wide range of disciplines to alternative protein production.
She will draw on the major research themes of the project, including human nutrition, lifecycle analysis and water footprints, food science and engineering, consumer science, food policy and labelling to discuss how we may produce the meat, and ‘meat’, of the future.