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Ottoline Leyser. Thinking like a vegetable: How plants decide what to do

Filmed at Gatsby Summer School 2015 Professor Ottoline Leyser, Director of the Sainsbury Laboratory at the University of Cambridge, speaking at the Gatsby Plant Science Summer School 2015. http://sms.cam.ac.uk/media/2115987

Steve Long: Food, Feed and Fuel from Crops under Global Atmospheric Change. Could we have it all in 2030?

Filmed at the Gatsby Summer School, Leeds University, 2014 Abstract Demand for our major crops is expected to rise 30% by 2030, while we look increasingly to croplands for energy as well as food and feed. This is at a time when the rate of increase in yield seen over the past 60 years is stagnating…

Giles Oldroyd. Engineering the nitrogen symbiosis for smallholder farmers in Africa

Filmed at the Gatsby Summer School, University of Cambridge 2015 Western agricultural systems are reliant on the application of inorganic nitrogen fertilisers to greatly enhance yield. However, production and application of nitrogen fertilisers account for a significant proportion of fossil fuel usage…

Beverley Glover. Flowering plant diversity: development, function and evolution

Filmed at the Gatby Summer School, University of York, 2013 http://www.tree.leeds.ac.uk/tree.2.0/view_lecture.php?permalink=MTA2Nw Abstract: The enormous species diversity of the flowering plants has puzzled evolutionary biologists since Darwin’s day. The rapid radiation of the flowering plants…

Jane Langdale. Radical Ag: C4 Rice and Beyond

Filmed at the Long Now Foundation, March 2016. Revolutionary rice Feeding the world (and saving nature) in this populous century, Jane Langdale began, depends entirely on agricultural efficiency—the ability to turn a given amount of land and sunlight into ever more food. And that depends on three…

Images for Impact with Mary Williams

Whether you’re Tweeting or teaching, well-designed images increase the impact of your message. It’s easy to make high-quality images for use in science communication (whether social media, blogs, infographics, animations, teaching or research) simply using tools available in PowerPoint. Mary Williams,…

The Power of the 3 Minute Thesis: How to talk about your thesis in three minutes with Rishi Masalia

In this seminar, we discuss how to craft a short, effective science communication talk for a general audience. Although this event is structured around the internationally recognized 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) competition, which is organized and run by the University of Queensland , the skills learned here…

Career Planning for Plant Scientists with Sarah Blackford

Planning your career is a bit of a contradiction in terms since it is hard to plan something which is influenced by so many other outside factors. However, theories suggest that there are particular factors and activities, dispositions and strategies which can help you to develop and progress your career…