Thursday 12th May 2011
Please be advised that the 3rd PMSP Spring Public Lecture, previously scheduled for 18th May will now be held on Thursday 23rd June 2011 at 6.30pm. The lecture entitled 'Revolutions that made the Earth' will be given by Professor Tim Lenton in the Devonport Lecture Theatre, Portland Square at the University of Plymouth and will be followed by a reception.
The Lecture follows the inaugural lecture given by Dr. J. Craig Venter in 2009 and the 2nd PMSP Spring Lecture given by Dr. Camille Parmesan in 2010.
The Earth that sustains us today was born out of a few remarkable, near-catastrophic revolutions, started by biological innovations and marked by global environmental consequences. The revolutions have certain features in common, such as an increase in complexity, energy utilization, and information processing by life. The lecture will describe these revolutions, showing the fundamental interdependence of the evolution of life and its non-living environment. We would not exist unless these upheavals had led eventually to 'successful' outcomes - meaning that after each one, at length, a new stable world emerged. The current planet-reshaping activities of our species may be the start of another great Earth system revolution, but there is no guarantee that this one will be successful. The lecture will explain what a successful transition through it might look like, if we are wise enough to steer such a course.
Please note this is a public lecture so all are welcome.
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