What have plants ever done for us? - Timothy Walker - Friends' Lecture

21 September 2017, 7.30 PM - 21 September 2017, 9.00 PM

Timothy Walker, lecturer in Plant Sciences at Somerville College Oxford

The Frank Theatre, Wills Physics Laboratory, Tyndall Avenue, Bristol, BS8 1TL

Rarely does a minute go by when we are not involved in an activity that would be impossible without the help of plants.  This talk looks at mankind's dependence on plants for everything from food to film and from painkillers to paint.  It also examines the ways in which our exploitation of plants could keep up with demand from an increasing global population and what we as individuals can do to help future generations.

Timothy joined the staff of the University of Oxford Botanic Garden in 1980 as a trainee gardener and in 1988 became the Horti Praefectus (director) until 2014.  He is now a lecturer in Plant Sciences at Somerville College Oxford.  In May 2011 he presented a BBC4 TV series on the history of botany.  He has travelled widely in search of plants and his particular interests are euphorbias, plant conservation, and explaining why plants are fascinating and important.

 

This lecture is organised by the Friends of the University of Bristol Botanic Garden.

This lecture will be held at the Frank Theatre, Wills Physics Laboratory, Tyndall Avenue, Bristol, BS8 1TL.

All lectures start at 7.30pm (except in March) and are free to Friends on production of their membership card.  Visitors will be asked for a donation (suggested £5).  Attendees can use any University car park: the nearest are in University Walk and The Hawthorns (no booking is necessary).

Disabled access: The University will make every effort to provide disabled access where possible.  Disabled parking is available and wheelchair access is by the ramp at the side of the main steps.  If you require support due to a disability please email Sally Meadows: hbfsjm@outlook.com