An Inaugural Professorial Lecture entitled "To Spray, or not to Spray: That is the Question – Horticultural Entomology in the 21st Century" will be given by Professor Jerry Cross in the Pilkington Lecture Theatre, University of Greenwich at Medway, Chatham, on Thursday 11 February 2010 at 6 p.m.
Over 130 people at the University of Greenwich's Medway Campus, ranging in age from primary school children to pensioners, were urged to have fun while exploring science – by a man whose long scientific career has been characterized by "never growing up at heart". Delivering an Inaugural Professorial Lecture, Prof. Glyn Vale OBE – who is Visiting Professor of Insect Behaviour at the University's Natural Resources Institute – spoke about how his youthful wonder at the natural world had remained with him over a 44-year career. He has dedicated his career, spent mostly in Zimbabwe, to researching the tsetse fly, an insect pest that spreads the fatal disease trypanosomiasis, known as sleeping sickness in humans and nagana in cattle. As a result of his research, a method for tsetse eradication has been developed and is in widespread use.
A successful partnership (including NRI) between donor-funded research, promotion and commercial marketing for sustainable adoption of eggplant IPM in South Asia, has been chosen to receive an International Award of Recognition from the awards programme of the 6th International IPM Symposium, to be held in Portland, Oregon, USA, on 24-26 March 2009. The nine Award winners in three Award categories were selected because they displayed notable contributions to: 1) improving economic benefits related to IPM adoption; 2) reducing potential human health risks; and 3) minimizing adverse environmental effects.
A new initiative, which aims to raise awareness of the importance of developing and implementing intellectual property (IP) business strategies to secure and increase export incomes in a global marketplace, has been launched by NRI in partnership with Light Years IP, a US-based NGO, with funding from DFID in the UK. The project will be working initially in five locations in Africa, including Mozambique, Zambia, Kenya and a regional West African focus on the specific IP challenges and opportunities for West African textile producers.
On 2 June, NRI successfully hosted the DSA/DFID Policy Forum - International Development in the Face of Climate Change: Beyond Mainstreaming. More information on the Forum and its outcomes can be found on the website at http://climateanddevelopment.nri.org
NRI's Visiting Professor of Insect Behaviour, Glyn Vale, has been awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list. Glyn, who is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society, receives the award "for services to controlling and eradicating tsetse flies in Africa", a task to which he has devoted most of his professional effort and expertise for four decades.
An initiative, C:AVA - Cassava: Adding Value for Africa ,led by the University of Greenwich's Natural Resources Institute in close partnership with organisations in five African countries - Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda, Tanzania and Malawi - aims to significantly boost the incomes of small-scale African farmers by linking them to new markets. More information can be found on the website at http://cava.nri.org.
The University of Greenwich's Vice-Chancellor Tessa Blackstone learnt about the production, processing and marketing of cassava during her recent visit to Ghana. The VC was visiting Accra to see aspects of the University's Tabeisa Project, which recently won a Queen's Anniversary Prize for its work in encouraging entrepreneurship in Africa. While there, she also visited some of NRI's collaborators in research and development projects on the key staple crop cassava, as well as our colleagues in capacity building for agricultural research more generally.
Between November 2007 and early February 2008, NRI was delighted to welcome eight trainees from the People's Republic of China, who attended courses in Conservation Ecology, Tools for Sustainability and Tropical Forest Ecology and Management. All the trainees work in aspects of conservation and forestry for the Chinese government and were selected from eight different provinces across China. During their time at NRI they had the opportunity to revise some basic aspects of their subjects as well as learn about more recent advances and case studies.
The University of Greenwich has won a prestigious Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher & Further Education, for the work of the Tabeisa Project to encourage and support entrepreneurship in Africa. The Tabeisa Project is led by Professor John Humphreys of the University of Greenwich, working with partners in Coventry University and four higher education institutions in Africa. This is the third time that the University has won a Queen's Anniversary Prize, and the second time that it has won one for work that aims to improve livelihoods in the developing world.