News 2013

Become a Plant Scientist and Save the World

Wed, 20 Mar 2013

leaf globeBEES academic Dr. Barbara Doyle Prestwich will present a talk at the National Botanic Gardens this week as part of a Plant Science Career and Information Day.

The event, taking place on Thursday 21st March from 2-5pm, is designed to give potential students and members of the public more information on plant science research, courses and employment opportunities.

"Become a Plant Scientist and Save the World" is the title of Dr. Doyle Prestwhich's talk. She'll be joined by a range of researchers and academics who will provide information on various fields in plant science and future career prospects.

Information will be available regarding BEES' BSc in Environmental Plant Biotechnology and our MSc in Organic Horticulture as well as our range of research strengths and opportunities to pursue research masters and PhD programmes.

Matthew Jebb, Director of the National Botanic Gardens, said the event was "an unparalleled opportunity to hear first hand from botanists engaged in biodiversity, ecology, conservation and genetics jobs, and the potential prospects in one of the most important future careers for saving our planet".

"By 2050, the UN estimates the world will need 70% more food, 55% more clean water and 60% more energy than today", said Jebb. "These challenges will have to be met through the sustainable use of natural resources. The most important question facing the human race must be how will the world feed our children’s children? The answer is with advances in plant biology and ecology, and using this knowledge in field-based solutions".

The Botany and Plant Science Career and Information Day takes place at the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin on Thursday 21st March from 2pm-5pm.


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