Speakers

    • Professor Sir David Baulcombe

      Professor Sir David Baulcombe Regius Professor of BotanyUniversity of Cambridge

      David Baulcombe has been the Regius Professor of Botany and Head of the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Cambridge since 2007. His current research follows on from his discoveries made in The Sainsbury Laboratory in Norwich, of a novel type of regulatory RNA known as siRNA or RNA silencing. His research later discovered the role of siRNA in protecting plants, and animals, against viral attack. At Cambridge he continues to investigate the mechanisms and biological role of RNA silencing in disease resistance and in addition the link between RNA silencing and the control of ge...

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    • Professor Sir Ghillean Prance

      Professor Sir Ghillean Prance Former DirectorKew Royal Botanical Gardens

      Professor Sir Ghillean Tolmie Prance came to Kew after 25 years at the New York Botanical Garden, and served as our 11th Director between 1988 and 1999. He inspired Kew to focus on serving the needs of the world community by supporting research and action on conservation and the sustainable use of plants. Under him, the Jodrell Laboratory tripled in size, and the Millenium Seed Bank at Wakehurst Place was planned. Museum No.1 and the Waterlily House were renovated, and the Mycological Institute acquired by Kew in 1994. He set up Kew’s Friends and Foundation, and the Board of Trustees, enabl...

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    • Professor Martin Jones

      Professor Martin Jones Professor, Department of ArchaeologyUniversity of Cambridge

      Research Interests: I work on archaeobotany and archaeogenetics, in the context of the broader archaeology of food. My current research interests include: The spread of farming across Asia, currently in the context of the Domestication of Europe project and the FOGLIP project Food sharing in the Upper Palaeolithic, currently in the context of the Moravian Gate project The development of agrarian societies and their food economies in ...

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    • Professor Elisabeth Hsu

      Professor Elisabeth Hsu Professor, Institute of Social and Cultural AnthropologyUniversity of Oxford

      Elisabeth Hsu is Professor in Anthropology at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology of the University of Oxford, and Fellow of Green Templeton College. She is co-founder and course director of the medical anthropology master¹s courses since 2001 and co-founded a post-doctoral Anthropology research group on Eastern medicines and religions i...

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    • Steven Bentley

      Steven Bentley Project ManagerNational Institute of Agricultural Botany, University of Cambridge

      As the Programme Leader (Pre-Breeding), Steven is responsible for the delivery of NIAB's current projects and the development of new ideas. Currently NIAB has six projects covering both pharmaceutical, neutraceutical, environmental and bio-energy projects being delivered. In common with most of our project work there is a large amount of collection and evaluation of germplasm, crop improvement principally through plant breeding and the development of good agronomic practices.

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    • Dr Tai-Ping Fan

      Dr Tai-Ping Fan Head of Angiogenesis LaboratoryUniversity of Cambridge

      Studies: Angiogenesis and Traditional Medicine Dr. Tai-Ping Fan is Head of the Angiogenesis and Traditional Chinese Medicine Lab at the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Cambridge since 1986. He received his PhD in immunopharmacology from the University of London in 1982.  Being a member of the British Pharmacological Society, he is an Honorary Professor of the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, and Secretary-General of the Good Practice in Traditional Chinese Medicine Research Association (GP-TCM RA; http://www.gp-tcm.org). Capitalizing on his experience in the pharmacol...

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    • Dr Gary Martin

      Dr Gary Martin Director, Global Diversity Foundation

      Gary Martin, the Director of the Global Diversity Foundation, has been involved in conservation and ethnobotanical work for over thirty years. He has engaged in applied research and training in more than forty-five countries, and was awarded Fulbright fellowships to conduct ethnobotanical studies in Bolivia and Mexico.  After studying botany as an undergraduate, he received his MA and PhD in anthropology from the University of California at Berkeley. From 1998 – 2011, Gary was a research fellow and lecturer at the School of Anthropology and Conservation of the University of Kent in Canterbury,...

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    • Professor Tim Bayliss-Smith

      Professor Tim Bayliss-Smith Professor of Pacific Geography, and Fellow of St. John's CollegeUniversity of Cambridge

      Tim's research is into people/environment relations, past and present, with a special interest in agricultural intensification, agroforestry and Sami reindeer herding, and with a regional focus on islands in Melanesia, the highlands of New Guinea and northern Scandinavia. Tim Bayliss-Smith is a member of the Natures, Cultures, Knowledges Group. His current research projects include: Agricultural intensification in pre-colonial Melanesia, with field sites at Kuk in the New Guinea Highlands and Marovo Lagoon, Solomon Islands. Livelihoods in small islands vulnerable to g...

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    • Dr Tony Crook

      Dr Tony Crook Senior LecturerUniversity of St Andrews

      My interest in the wider Ok Tedi area began in 1990 with a three-month undergraduate study of the ritual response to failed wild pig hunts near Telefomin in 1990. From 1994 to 1996, I lived in Bolivip village, studying Angkaiyakmin knowledge-practices and kinship relations in the context of taro gardening and male initiation ritual, and received my PhD from Cambridge University in 1997. Shortly afterwards, I returned to PNG for three-months as a Visiting Fellow at the National Research Institute to research 'dispute resolution' in the context of two plane crashes in 1994, by researching poi...

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    • Jeremy Narby

      Jeremy Narby Amazonian projects director for the Swiss NGO, Nouvelle Planète

      Jeremy is an anthropologist and writer. Narby grew up in Canada and Switzerland, studied history at the University of Canterbury, and received a doctorate in anthropology from Stanford University. Narby spent several years living with the Ashaninca in the Peruvian Amazon cataloging indigenous uses of rainforest resources to help combat ecological destruction. Narby has written three books, as well as sponsored an expedition to the rainforest for biologists and other scientists to examine indigenous knowledge systems and the utility of Ayahuasca in gaining knowledge. From Arte-Amazonia.com: ...

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    • Bryony Morgan

      Bryony Morgan Medicinal Plants Programme OfficerTRAFFIC

      Bryony is TRAFFIC's Medicinal Plants Programme Officer, based in Cambridge U.K. In this role she supports the uptake of the FairWild Standard and certification scheme for sustainable and fair trade in wild harvested plants. Under a partnership between TRAFFIC and the FairWild Foundation (owner of the FairWild Standard), she handles enquiries and supports further development of the initiative, under the direction of FairWild's Board of Trustees. She also provides technical support to projects implementing the FairWild Standa...

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    • Dr Martin Kaonga

      Dr Martin Kaonga Director of Science and ConservationUniversity of Cambridge

      Dr Martin Kaonga is the Director of Science and Conservation in Cambridge, UK. At A Rocha, he heads projects on international conservation policy. He received a PhD in Environmental Science from the University of Cambridge, and has worked at the University of Zambia and Natural Resources Development College, Lusaka.

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    • Dr Saskia van Oosterhout

      Dr Saskia van Oosterhout 

      Dr. Saskia van Oosterhout has researched peoples connection to land and plants and their associated sacred and material knowledge systems in Southern Africa. She spent nearly 25 years working in Zimbabwe on natural resource management in marginal areas, with a focus on the gendered power relations inherent in traditional and modern seed exchange systems. She has done gender and natural resource management work in several African countries including South Sudan, Mozambique, Malawi, Tanzania and Uganda. Currently she is working for FAO in Northern Africa and the Near East on natural resource man...

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    • Dr Seona Anderson

      Dr Seona Anderson European Projects CoordinatorPlantlife

      Seona Anderson is currently the European Projects Coordinator of Plantlife, a UK based organization dedicated to protecting wild plants and fungi. Dr Anderson plays an active role in the Wildflower Europe Project, which explores oral histories and community art projects as tools for important dialogue between people and local plants. Seona studied Prehistory Archaeology & Ancient History at Edinburgh, then a Masters (MSc) in Environmental Archaeology & Palaeoeconomy at Sheffield specialising in Archaeobotany and then a PhD at UCL in ethnobotany in the Russian Far East (Piers at SPRI...

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    • Elsa Rengifo

      Elsa Rengifo Peruvian Amazonian Research Institute

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    • Dr Françoise Barbira Freedman

      Dr Françoise Barbira Freedman University of Cambridge

      Dr Françoise Barbira Freedman has worked as a medical anthropologist at the University of Cambridge since she received her PhD in Social Anthropology in 1979. She has done extensive longitudinal field research In Western Amazonia on shamanism, medicinal plant use, maternal and child health and indigenous resurgence. She also directs two outreach projects derived from her academic research, Birthlight, a registered UK charity and Ampika, a spin out company from the University of Cambridge.

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    • Dr Stephen Hugh-Jones

      Dr Stephen Hugh-Jones University of Cambridge

      Research: Oral narratives, ritual, shamanism and religion; human - animal relations and ecological anthropology; kinship and the anthropology of architecture; cultural politics and indigenous movements; linguistic anthropology and Amerindian languages; Latin/South America; fieldwork in Colombian Amazonia.

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    • Dr. Rodrigo Cámara-Leret

      Dr. Rodrigo Cámara-Leret Tropical botanist

      Dr. Rodrigo Cámara-Leret is a tropical botanist with a background in plant taxonomy (Malesian Melastomataceae) and tropical plant community ecology (Andes-Amazon rainforests and Colombian páramos). From 2010-2014 he was involved in the Palm Harvest Impacts in Tropical Rainforests Project, Work Package 3: Products provided by palms to local people. In May 2014 he received his PhD from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid as a result of his work on large-scale quantitative ethnobotany and ecosystem services of palms (Arecaceae) in northwestern South America. He has conducted wide-ranging fieldwork...

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    • Dr Kamal Adhikari

      Dr Kamal Adhikari 

      After taking an MSc in Botany from Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu, Kamal subsequently spent 10 years as a consultant botanist and researcher in different parts of Nepal. He then took an MSc in Himalayan Ethnobotany at the University of Aberdeen which focused on the exploitation of Yarsagumba (Caterpillar Fungus). He has just completed his PhD at the same university on plants, people and the politics of ethnobotanical knowledge in Nepal.

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    • Dr Hildegard Diemberger

      Dr Hildegard Diemberger Senior Associate in Research, Mongolia and Inner Asia Studies UnitUniversity of Cambridge

      Research interests: Tibetan cultural area and Tibet-Mongolia interface; local-state dynamics and deals with the impact of radical change on traditional communities; landscape, space and time; local history and memory; changing notions of power and kinship; and debates over continuity, tradition and modernity. The cultures and peoples of Tibet and the Himalayan regions have for centuries been seen by foreigners as principal sites for the study of the ‘traditional’. Today these areas face compelling challenges from global and regional change. The project ...

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    • Dr William Milliken

      Dr William Milliken Head of Tropical America Regional TeamKew Royal Botanical Gardens

      William Milliken has over 20 years experience in multi-disciplinary research and consultancy. His work has focused primarily on the interface between biodiversity, livelihoods and the environment - overseas and in the UK - with a strong focus on Latin America. Assignments have included provision of specific advice and information to governmental and non-governmental organisations on natural resource utilisation, sustainable development and livelihoods, biodiversity evaluation/policy, conservation units, methodologies for ethno-envir...

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    • Professor Dame Marilyn Strathern

      Professor Dame Marilyn Strathern Emeritus Professor of Social AnthropologyUniversity of Cambridge

      Dame Marilyn is pre-eminent as a Social Anthropologist and as a servant of academic institutions and public bodies in the UK. She has been described as ‘contemporary anthropology’s sharpest and most original mind’. Her wide international acclaim is founded on her extensive field research that began almost 50 years ago in Papua New Guinea in Melanesia on, among other topics, issues of gender and exchange. In the UK, she has focused her studies on kinship, reproductive technologies, biomedical ethics, audit culture and on cross-cultural concepts of intellectual property. While her ethnographic f...

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    • Professor Piers Vitebsky

      Professor Piers Vitebsky Assistant Director of ResearchScott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge

      Piers Vitebsky has been Head of Anthropology and Russian Northern Studies at the Scott Polar Research Institute since 1986. He was educated at the universities of Cambridge, Oxford, Delhi and London, and studied ancient languages before becoming a social anthropologist specialising in the religion, psychology, poetics and ecology of small-scale societies, and the relations of these societies to the centralised state. He has carried out long-term fieldwork among shamans and shifting cultivators in tribal India since 1975, and among nomadic reindeer herders in the Siberian Arctic since 198...

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