British Science Week and ERC Week event: "What did European research funding ever do for us?"

Claudio Radaelli will give a talk titled "Fixing regulations" during an event part of  British Science Week and ERC Week in the Alumni Auditorium, Forum, University of Exeter Streatham Campus,  Monday 13 March 2017, 19.00 - 20.30

Rules and regulations are essential to a sustainable economy and society. However they also generate burdens. Bad rules stifle growth. This is why the regulatory reform agenda has become a priority for the government. Brexit provides both opportunities and challenges in terms of getting regulations right. In his presentation Claudio will reflect with the audience on his research on regulatory reform, sharing case studies of how a recent project carried out with Prof Claire Dunlop, also at Exeter, have generated engagement with policy-makers and a new type of ‘regulatory conversation’.

Registration is mandatory please follow this link.

The event will also includes three other talks:

  • "Nobody was fat during the war!" How do our genes cause obesity and diabetes in today's environment? by Tim Frayling, Professor of Human Genetics. Tim Frayling runs a team of University of Exeter scientists based at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Trust. This team is trying to unlock the secrets in our DNA that mean some people become obese whilst others remain slim, and why some overweight people develop type 2 diabetes whilst others remain healthy.
  • The challenges of leaning in: Women's ambition, sacrifice, and risk-taking, by Michelle Ryan, Professor of Social and Organisational Psychology/ Dean of Postgraduate Research and Director of the University of Exeter Doctoral College. There has been vast improvement in workplace gender equality, but there remain marked differences in the roles in which women and men work. There are of course some women who make it to the top, and their success has been taken as evidence that the glass ceiling is broken and thus remaining inequality must be due to women’s active choices - Are they ambitious enough? Do they make sacrifices for their careers? Are they willing to take risks? Indeed, in her bestselling book Lean In, Cheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, has suggested that gender equality necessitates women overcoming ‘their internal obstacles’, 'taking a seat at the table’ and making the right choices (Sandberg, 2013). While recognising that the rhetoric of Lean In is potentially empowering, Michelle will present research conducted in collaboration with businesses that demonstrates that structural barriers continue to constrain women’s career choices.
  • On the trail of the cereal killer: Combatting the world's most serious rice disease, by Nick Talbot, Professor of Molecular Genetics and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Impact). Rice blast disease is the most serious disease affecting rice production globally and each year destroys enough rice to feed 60 million people. The world needs solutions to this devastating disease, but these can only come from a detailed understanding of the biology of blast disease. The GENBLAST project set out to enable a completely new level of understanding of how the rice blast fungus, Magnaporthe oryzae, infects a plant. We have identified some of the major regulatory pathways responsible for infection-related development by M. oryzae, investigated how special infection cells called appressoria function, characterized the host-pathogen interface in unparalleled detail, and identified a large repertoire of effector molecules responsible for suppression of plant immunity. Through the generosity of this ERC Advanced Investigator Award, a new fundamental understanding of the molecular basis of plant disease has been facilitated. Results from the project will be presented, as well as an evaluation of how they may provide better strategies for disease control across the world.