Bristol Skeptics in the Pub is a monthly meeting and talk hosted by the Bristol Skeptics Society for those interested in science, history, psychology, philosophy, investigative journalism, and how to examine extraordinary claims of all types.
Bristol Skeptics in the Pub meet every fourth Wednesday of the month at Smoke and Mirrors. Admission is free with a collection during the interval (suggested donation £3-5).
Previous speakers include Simon Singh, David Colquhon, David Nutt, Susan Blackmore, and many more.
Wednesday, March 25 2015 at 7:00PM
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Smoke & Mirrors
8 Denmark Street, Bristol, BS1 5DQ
Prof. Jim Dunwell
What's the talk about?
Jim Dunwell is Professor of Plant Biotechnology at the University of Reading where his research projects include plant genetics and physiology. Previously he spent 10 years in industry developing methods for the production of transgenic (GM) plants. He has a longstanding interest in the regulation of GM crops and is a member of the Defra Advisory Committee for Releases to the Environment (ACRE), the group that advises the UK government on the growing of GM crops in the field.
Admission is FREE and there will be a collection during the interval (suggested donation £3-5).
In this talk Professor Dunwell will discuss the 30 year history of transgenic (GM) plants and their present position in global agriculture. This will include details of the various types of crops being grown now, and what types of crops are in the development phase. He will also consider how such crops are tested for their possible impact on human and environmental safety, how they are regulated prior to commercial cultivation, and the contrasting attitudes to GM crops in various parts of the world.