Curious Science: 3 big questions
Feeding the World
City of Sydney Library is teaming up with Inspiring Australia to delve into some cutting-edge research. Over three seasons, we’ll be focusing on three big-impact topics: food, obesity and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) skills. In this first series, Feeding the World, we’ll be focusing on food and exploring the role science plays in contributing innovative solutions to global issues.
Our two guest scientists will explore how to produce the right food in the right way.
Sustainable food production
Insects and the future of food The reliance on insecticides has resulted in them being less effective in the efforts of pest control. Add to this, the rapid rate of population growth and we have a problem. Finding ways to preside over pests and feed everyone is where Dr Eliza Middleton comes in.
Dr Eliza Middleton - holding a PhD in native ant behaviour and ecology, Dr Middleton is a Postdoctoral Research Associate within the Insect Behaviour and Ecology Lab at Sydney University where she also lectures in Integrated Pest Management. Now, as an invertebrate zoologist, she has a penchant for the communal and adaptable action of insect social systems.
Making diets more sustainable With precious little ‘arable’ land capable of sustaining veggies, our food choices have a big impact on our environment. With plenty of pastures suited for sheep, cattle and kangaroos, Kate Wingett looks into how the wool industry could lower greenhouse gas levels by encouraging less wastage of sheep meat and offal.
Kate Wingett - Kate has a love of all creatures, great and small. As a small animal vet in private practice for 15 years, she made a shift towards animal biosecurity services with the NSW Department of Primary Industries. Now, as a Master of Veterinary Science, she focuses on the correlation between climate change and agriculture.
Wednesday 12 April 2017, Ultimo Library 6pm - 7pm
It is recommended to book as places are limited.