22.09.2014 | ZEF: Risk and Uncertainty Lecture by Sir Gordon Conway

ZEF cordially invites you to the next lecture by a distinguished speaker in the “Risk and Uncertainty for Sustainable Development“ series, given by

Sir Gordon Conway, Professor of International Development, Imperial College London, Centre for Environmental Policy


“Innovation for Sustainable Intensification: the roles of ecology, genetics and socio-economics”

 Date: Monday, September 22, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Venue: ZEF, right conference room

Chair: Joachim von Braun, ZEF-Director

Discussant: Christian Borgemeister, ZEF-Director

Information about speaker:

Gordon Conway is trained in agricultural ecology, attending the universities of Bangor, Cambridge, West Indies (Trinidad) and California (Davis). He was President of the Rockefeller Foundation and from 2004 to June 2009 Chief Scientific Adviser to DFID and President of the Royal Geographical Society. Sir Gordon leads the Agriculture for Impact program, advocating for more European government support for agricultural development in sub-Saharan Africa.

This lecture is part of the joint seminar series “Risk and Uncertainty for Sustainable Development”, of the Center for Development Research (ZEF), the United Nations University- Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) and the Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC).

Background information on the “Risk and Uncertainty for Sustainable Development” series

In this seminar series we address opportunities, risks and uncertainties for development. Uncertainty, i.e. the unknown unknowns, is a particular challenge. Risk and uncertainty have become a focal topic among development researchers, policy makers and practitioners as worldwide, economy and ecology have been assailed by a series of global crises: financial crisis, high and volatile food and oil price, and/or climate change. These crises present threats to development and to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The understanding, mitigating and controlling of risk and uncertainty is far from being understood. The seminar series provides a forum for agenda setting and discussion on related themes with leading experts in this field of research and policy.

Contact and registration: Alma van der Veen, Press and Public Relations, Center for Development Research / Zentrum für Entwicklungsforschung, presse.zef@uni-bonn.de