FLICKR THROUGH OUR PHOTOS

I have finally gotten around to creating a STEPS Centre page on Flickr. You can check out the first sets of photos to go live, including our launch, recent seminars and the Farmer First Revisited event. Keep an eye open for new photos as they are posted in the Flickr box in the right hand…

HARD TO SWALLOW

“Vaccination is one of medicine’s greatest achievements, so why do so many people fear it?” Jim Giles of New Scientist asks this question of STEPS Centre director Melissa Leach and others in this week’s magazine. The feature covers many of the issues Melissa and James Fairhead write about in their new book, Vaccine Anxieties.

STEPS SEMINAR: GLOBAL BIOFUEL CROPS

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member Read the presentation Listen to a podcast of this seminar Introduced by Adrian Smith (40 mins) Helena and Les’ presentation will be posted here soon See photos from this seminar We are excited to have Les Levidow of the Open University and Helena Paul of Econexus, London with us…

LIVE ON AIR: FARMER FIRST ON NEW AGRICULTURIST PODCAST & RADIO

When agriculturists and academics from around the world attended the Farmer First Revisited workshop back in December, they were interviewed by Susanna Thorp of New Agriculturist. The resultant podcast is now live online (podcast 2008-1) as is the AgFax radio programme the magazine produces for African broadcasters (FFR is fourth item down). Have a listen.

NEW AGRICULTURIST POINTS OF VIEW

New Agriculturist has covered the Farmer First Revisted event in the January 2008 issue, with an article entitled ‘Points of view: Agricultural research and development – which way now?’. There is also an article on Michael Kibue’s work. A New Agriculturist podcast based on interviews collected at FFR will be online soon – featuring David…

STEPS SEMINAR: ANDREW JAMISON ON THE QUEST FOR GREEN KNOWLEDGE

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member Read Andrew Jamison’s presentation Listen to the podcast of this seminar introduced by Andy Stirling, co-director of the STEPS Centre To give the first STEPS Seminar of 2008 we are delighted to welcome Andrew Jamison of Denmark’s Aalborg University to SPRU this afternoon. He is here to talk about…

WHAT TO WATCH IN 2008

Mindful of the folly of predictions, Lawrence Haddad, director of the UK Institute of Development Studies, outlines the eight events and trends he will be watching to shape the development discourse in the next 12 months, from the US elections and Beijing Olympics to power transitions in Africa and the new philanthropists.

CAN SCIENCE HELP SUSTAIN OUR WORLD?

Andy Stirling, the STEPS Centre’s co-director, is a panellist on BBC Radio 4’s Material World programme today. Our planet provides food, water and energy for its 6.6 billion inhabitants. Science helps us maximise the Earth’s resources, but the world’s natural mechanisms are coming under unprecedented strain. The BBC’s Quentin Cooper talks to four scientists –…