Planet Earth and Our Society
Bioinformatics assisted antibiotics discovery
Currently, we are in dire need of novel antibiotics that combat resistant strains. The challenge of manual exploration of DNA (genomics) and molecules (metabolomics) information is to find promising leads has become impossible. Fortunately, emerging bioinformatics tools are ideally suited to mine through these large amounts of data for structural information. In this talk, Justin will highlight the revolutionary role that bioinformatics approaches are having to improve our understanding of what type of molecules bacteria and fungi produce.
Justin van der Hooft
PostDoc in the Department of Plant Sciences
Proteins for the future
The main challenge to feed the 2 billion more people that will be on Earth on 2050 is not just to provide enough calories but to provide enough proteins. To produce more animal proteins is barely sustainable: so which are the realistic alternative to animal proteins? Texturized legume proteins or microalgae? Seaweeds or insect? In vitro meat or Quorn? All of them have some pros and cons but, surprisingly, the taste of our foods will not change that much.
Professor in the Dept. of Agrotechnology and Food Sciences
Humanitarian urbanism: lifestyles, aesthetics and subjectivities when crises normalize
In various protracted refugee camps and cities with a long term humanitarian or UN presence in the global south, rationalities and modalities of crisis intervention have become routine. As a result, new and alternative spatial configurations and ways of life emerge in these places. This talk focuses on the ways people come to live and relate to places that are shaped and organised by perpetual humanitarian governance.
Docent in the Department of Social Sciences
Design for regenerative agriculture
Modern large scale agriculture is focused on efficient ways of turning inputs into outputs, without much concern for environment, soil quality and animal welfare. Regenerative agriculture proposes to change from a linear production system to a spiral system, where the ecosystem provides functions necessary for production, adding to, rather than depleting the environment. We’ll show some examples of how these systems function and challenge you to think with us about further implementation of these systems in practice. So we hope that with beer, the creativity will flow.
Arni Janssen and Marjolein Derks
Docent and Researcher in the Department of Plant Sciences