University of Reading stages Land Symposium to discuss key issues of 21st century

23 October 2017

Land Symposium

The University of Reading is set to stage its first Land Symposium on Friday 1st December 2017, to discuss issues relating to the land struggles of the 21st century.

The event, organised by a committee of doctoral students from the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development (SAPD), will bring industry experts, academics and student together, to create a platform for discussion surrounding some of the world's most pressing land-based issues. Marcello De Maria, event organiser said: "This is a unique opportunity for those working in this field to connect, discuss and showcase on going research on land-related topics. The need for such discussion and future planning is becoming increasingly important as the world approaches the projected 9.8 billion population mark by 2050, putting pressure on land and other natural resources which fuels debates among policymakers, economists, environmentalists, soil scientists, lawyers, development experts and citizens around the world."

Land Symposium

Marcello continued: "Given its multifaceted nature, research on land is often dispersed among various departments, projects, organizations and institutions, with little coordination and synergy. We believe that the Land Symposium will help to tackle this fragmentation."

The event, funded by the Global Development Research Division, encompasses three thematic sessions, featuring experts from the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development, the School of Law, the Department of Geography and Environmental Science, and researchers from the University of Groningen, the University of Coventry, and the University of Toronto.

It will be held on Friday 1st December 2017, in Room G74, Philip Lyle Building, at the University of Reading. Participation is free, but booking is required.

For further information and to reserve your place visit: https://uorlandsymposium.eventbrite.co.uk

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