Launch Event - A Sustainable Future: The role of microbiology in achieving the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

02 May - London, United Kingdom

Overview

Overview

To mark the 75th anniversary of the Microbiology Society in 2020 we are embarking on an ambitious project that will demonstrate the value and raise the profile of microbiology in addressing the world’s biggest challenges, by focusing on how microbiology can help to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

The launch event will take place at Central Hall, Westminster and include a panel discussion and Q&A session about the opportunities and challenges in achieving the SDGs. The conversation will focus on how the UK and Irish Governments can make better use of microbiology to meet their SDG commitments. It will be followed by a drinks reception providing an opportunity for networking between microbiologists, industry, NGOs, policy-makers and other stakeholders interested in the sustainable development agenda.

Please note that registration is essential for the event.

Follow us on Twitter @MicrobioSoc. Updates on the ‘A Sustainable Future’ project can be found using the hashtag: #MicroGlobalChallenges

Please email policy@microbiologysociety.org if you require further information.

Programme

Programme

Time Description
15:00 Opening welcome and overview
15:15

Talks, panel discussion, and Q&A. Confirmed speakers include:

  • Professor Judith Armitage
    President of the Microbiology Society and Professor of Biochemistry, Oxford Centre for Integrative Systems Biology (OCISB) (University of Oxford, UK)
     
  • Professor Sir David Baulcombe
    Regius Professor of Botany and Edward Penley Abraham Royal Society Research Professor (University of Cambridge, UK)
     
  • Professor Kevin O’Connor
    Director of BEACON, the Science Foundation Ireland Bioeconomy Research Centre, Member of the School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science and the Earth Institute (University College Dublin)
     
  • Professor Penny Hirsch
    Research Scientist (Rothamsted Research, UK)
     
  • Dr Tina Joshi
    Member of the Microbiology Society, Lecturer in Molecular Microbiology, Lead for Microbial Diagnostics and Infection Control Research Group (University of Plymouth, UK)
16:45 Drinks reception

The discussion will be moderated by Dr Lisa Cross, molecular virologist in the Food Safety group at the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) Weymouth, part of UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

 

Registration

Registration

This event is free to attend.

There are limited number of places and registration is essential.