Hugh Bunting Memorial Lecture 2016

26 September 2016

Professor Tim Wheeler

Professor Tim Wheeler, Director of Science and Innovation at the UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), is guest speaker at the 11th Hugh Bunting Memorial Lecture, Wednesday 9 November 2016

Professor Tim Wheeler, Director of Science and Innovation at the UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), is this year's guest speaker at the 11th Hugh Bunting Memorial Lecture, due to take place on Wednesday 9 November 2016, starting at 17.30pm, in John Madejski Lecture Theatre, Agriculture Building, Earley Gate, University of Reading.

Professor's wheeler's lecture is entitled: Climate change and Agriculture - risks and opportunities to food and farming systems in the tropics, and features as part of the annual lecture run by the Tropical Agriculture Association (TAA).

Chair and President of TAA, Dr Andrew Bennett said: "We are delighted that Professor Wheeler will be presenting given his considerable insight and experience in this field. The lecture will set the scene for an event that encourages discussion and debate amongst peers as well as facilitating networking opportunities within our community."

Tim Wheeler is a visiting Professor of Agriculture at the University of Reading and Director of NERC, an organisation that invests £330 million in research and innovation each year covering atmospheric, earth, biological, terrestrial and aquatic sciences, from the deep oceans to the upper atmosphere and from the poles to the equator.

Prior to joining NERC, Tim was Deputy Chief Scientific Adviser at the UK Department for International Development for six years, providing science advice to Ministers, and oversaw portfolios of climate, energy, water, agriculture and health research and innovation for impact on international development. The evening's programme is as follows:

Chair - Dr Andrew Bennett CMG, President, TAA

  • 17:00 - 17:30 - TAA AGM
  • 17:30 - 18:30 - Assemble and Networking
  • 18:30 - 18:40 - Welcome - Professor Julian Park, Head of School
  • 18:40 - 19:40 - The Hugh Bunting Memorial Lecture - Professor Tim Wheeler
  • 19:40 - 21:00 - Wine and finger buffet

To reserve your seat, please email Mollie Smith:, or call her on: 0118 378 4549.

The Hugh Bunting Memorial Lecture is an annual event in honour of Hugh whoinspired and challenged many generations of his students, many of whom went on to fill influential positions around the world.

Hugh was a Professor of Agricultural Botany at the University of Reading from 1956 to 1982 and Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture and Food. He played a leading role in developing the University's competence and reputation in tropical agriculture. He held the first and only Chair of Agricultural Development Overseas at Reading, funded by the British Aid Programme, and was largely responsible for the drafting of the first constitution and for the registration of the TAA as a UK charity.

Hugh always encouraged individual to learn the lessons of the past but to look forward, so the overall theme of the memorial lectures is 'agricultural futures'.

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