Forthcoming Virtual


Forthcoming Events


Book talk: “The ages of globalization” with Prof Jeff Sachs

27th October 2020: 5:00pm

We are justified to say that we are living through a new age of globalisation, which Professor Jeff Sachs calls the Digital Age. The hugely disruptive changes were already with us before Covid-19, but now we’ve been hurled head-first into the new age.

UK Soft Drink Industry Levy: impact on sugar in drinks, sales, economics and health - with Dr Peter Scarborough & Dr Linda Cobiac

28th October 2020: 4:00pm

In 2016 the UK Government announced a levy on soft drinks, which was implemented in 2018. The levy is tiered, with no charge for drinks containing less than 5g sugar per 100mL, increasing to 24p per litre for drinks containing more than 8g sugar per 100mL.


Prof Tim Schwanen and Dr Jennie Middleton in Conversation, chaired by Prof Jim Hall: "Re-imagining urban mobility after COVID-19"

12th November 2020: 5:00pm

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in unprecedented disruptions to urban mobility systems across the globe yet also presented unique opportunities for people to drive less, walk/cycle more and reduce carbon emissions.

Series: Building back better - lessons and opportunities from the COVID-19 pandemic

China Kadoorie Biobank: Opportunities for nutrition-related research - with Dr Huaidong Du

18th November 2020: 4:00pm

The China Kadoorie Biobank (CKB) study, jointly coordinated by the University of Oxford, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, and Peking University (China), includes over 0.5 million adults aged 30-79 who were recruited from the general population in 10 geographically defined regions of China (5 urban and 5 rural).

Prof Susan Jebb and Prof Sir Charles Godfray in conversation: "Rethinking diet, weight and health in and after the COVID-19 pandemic"

19th November 2020: 5:00pm

The current covid-19 pandemic has focussed attention on the variability in personal risk of serious illness. After age and ethnicity, one of the most important factors associated with developing serious covid complications, requiring admission to hospital or ICU, is being overweight.

Series: Building back better - lessons and opportunities from the COVID-19 pandemic

"Data work: the hidden talent and secret logic fuelling artificial intelligence" with Prof Gina Neff

23rd November 2020: 5:00pm

What happens when new artificial intelligence (AI) tools are integrated into organisations around the world?

"The Human Population Monster": historical perspectives on crop disease and its relation to population - with Dr John Lidwell-Durnin

25th November 2020: 4:00pm

In 1977, plant scientist Norman Borlaug delivered a paper entitled 'The Human Population Monster'. Borlaug's fears are easily guessed from the title: he doubted that agricultural improvements would be able to keep pace with the rise in human population.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Sir Nigel Shadbolt in conversation: "The Web, internet and data during the pandemic: lessons learnt and new directions"

26th November 2020: 5:00pm

In 2019, Governments around the world made the decision to lock down their country to help stop the spread of Covid-19. This led to teaching, meetings, conferences, contacting family and more being conducted from home via the internet.

Series: Building back better - lessons and opportunities from the COVID-19 pandemic


LEAP Conference 2020

8th December 2020: 9:30am
Mathematical Institute

Building on the successful 2018 and 2019 conferences we will continue to bring together researchers working on multiple aspects of meat and dairy production and consumption to consider its effects on population health, the economy, society and the environment.