Popular Lectures at the University of Oslo


Sted: University of Oslo

3. september 2018 kl 10:00 - 3. september 2018 kl 11:45

Hope Jahren and Adam Rutherford are this year's popular science lecturers during the Kavli Week. Jahren will hold her lecture from 10:00-10:45, followed by Rutherford from 11:00-11:45. The lectures are open to all. Online registration will open soon. 

Jahren is an award winning geochemist and geobiologist. She is the author of the popular book "Lab Girl" and an advocate for women working in science. Jahren has built up the Jahren Laboratory at the University of Oslo, where she is currently working.

This is the abstract for Jahren's lecture called "What It Means To Be Alive On Planet Earth Right Now":

The doubling of global population that occurred during the last fifty years was accompanied by a tripling of grain production, a tripling in fish production, a quadrupling in meat production, and a quadrupling in sugar production.  To fuel these increases, we are now burning three times more fossil fuel and using five times more electricity than we did fifty years ago.  As a result, we now live in a unique moment when our enormous consumption of food and fuel is actively threatening the Earth's ability to produce the food and fuel we will need during the next fifty years.  Together, we will examine what our relentless pursuit of more has gained for us, in comparison to what it has cost.

Hope Jahren and Ole M. Sejersted. Hope Jahren and Ole M. Sejersted. Photo: Thomas Eckhoff
Adam Rutherford is a former geneticist, now science writer and broadcaster. He has written several books, including "A Brief History of Everyone who Ever Lived" and "Genetics". On radio, he is the presenter of the BBC program "Inside Science".
This is the abstract for Rutherford's lecture: 
Sex, death, murder, disease, warfare, invasion, migration and famine. Of all the historical texts available to us, none is richer than the one we carry inside every cell. In the last few years, we have made extraordinary progress in our ability to read and understand DNA in the living, and to wheedle it out of people who may well have been dead for tens of thousands of years. Only now, are we re-painting the picture of the human story, using a unique combination of archaeology, history, art and our genomes. DNA is the saga of how we came to be who we are today.
Adam Rutherford. Photo: BrunAdam Rutherford. Photo: Thomas Brun
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