Annual Debate: The Future of Plant Science

The Linnean Society of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BF, United Kingdom
0207 434 4479

EVENING MEETING 18:00–19:00 Thursday 21 February 2019


In association with the London Evolutionary Research Network (LERN).

Plant science has never been more important or relevant. We live in a demanding age, where environmental change along with increasing populations, demand for food, clothes, fibre and shelter all create pressures. What role does plant biology play in addressing these global problems and what challenges currently face plant biologists? Should the next generation of plant biologists be looking to revolutionise the current field?


Dr Paul Kersey, Deputy Director of Science, Royal Botanic Gardens. As Deputy Director of Science Paul's role is to catalyse, accelerate and coordinate the increasing number of projects with a genomics and/or bioinformatic focus undertaken at Kew . He has run some of the world’s largest bioinformatics and genomic databases

Prof Hugh W Pritchard, Senior Research Leader, Royal Botanic Gardens. Hugh manages and leads research on comparative seed biology, with specialist interests in stress biology (desiccation, low temperature, oxidative), threshold models and global change, and seed storage stability.

Dr Tolga Bozkurt, Imperial College London. Tolga's research focuses on plant immunity and more recently on how plant pathogens manipulate autophagy to enable infection.

Dr James Murray, Imperial College London. James' research is on Biofuels and the structural and synthetic biology of photosynthesis

Prof Peter Nixon, Imperial College London. Peter's research is on various aspects of solar energy conversion by chloroplasts in plants and cyanobacteria


Carina Kern, University College London. Carina is PhD student in the Genetics, Evolution and Environment department. She is also Scientific Chair of the CleanTech Challenge.

  • This event is free and open to all.
  • Registration is essential. Seats will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Doors will open at 17:30. Please note that the meeting room will open at 17:45, 15 minutes prior to the talk.
  • Tea will be served in the Library from 17:30 and the event will be followed by a white wine reception.
  • Please note that Fellows-only tickets are limited to two tickets per Fellow (one for themself and a guest).

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