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'Crossing the Barriers' Lecture Series 23 March 2015


'Interdisciplinarity in Environmental Research - some reflections'

Dr Bhaskar Vira

Monday 23 March
6pm McGrath Lecture Theatre
St. Catharine's College

Drinks reception and dinner to follow


Lecture Poster - please download and display in your department

This lecture will reflect on the challenges, as well as the opportunities, of inter-disciplinarity, with a specific focus on research in relation to food security, environment and conservation. Each of these areas is the focus of cross-disciplinary research initiatives within the University, and requires inputs from across the sciences, social sciences and arts and humanities. Dialogue across these disciplines, and between researchers, is not always easy - but is essential to a more holistic understanding of some of these 'grand challenges'. This session will discuss some of the opportunities and constraints which shape the possibilities for such dialogue.

The Crossing the Barriers lecture series aims to promote University of Cambridge postdoc research visibility by offering an environment to exchange ideas, concepts and views across different fields of research, as well as offer postdocs an experience of college life and an opportunity to meet and network.

Dr Bhaskar Vira

Dr Bhaskar Vira teaches at the Department of Geography at the University of Cambridge, where he is Reader in Political Economy, and a Fellow of Fitzwilliam College. He is the Founding Director of the University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute. Trained as an economist, he has a strong commitment to interdisciplinary science, and was a member of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, the UK National Ecosystem Assessment, and the Royal Society Working Group on Human Resilience to Extreme Weather. He is currently Chair of the Global Forest Expert Panel on Forests and Food Security. Bhaskar is closely involved with the Cambridge Conservation Initiative, and the Global Food Security strategic research initiative at the University of Cambridge.

Dinner menu:

Starter: Grilled asparagus with sea bream and ratatouille chutney.

Vegetarian starter (pre booked): Salad of baby vegetables with ricotta, lemon and thyme dressing.


Main course: Char-grilled rump of lamb with a cassoulet of chorizo, roasted peppers, balsamic onions and smoked bacon.

Vegetarian main course (pre booked) Slow roasted mushroom and aubergine croquette with mushroom ketchup, charred cabbage, baby leeks and verjus sauce.


Dessert: Rhubarb and custard tart with rhubarb and Prosecco jam, streusel, milk ice cream and spiced doughnut.


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