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British Council 'Knowledge is GREAT' Lecture Series 2017

Date
Thursday 26 October 2017 -
12:00 to 14:00
Location
Function Hall, Botany Centre, Singapore Botanic Gardens

British Council and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

in partnership with Singapore Botanic Gardens

present:

State of the World's Plants: Unearthing the Valuable and Vulnerable

with Professor Monique Simmonds OBE, Deputy Director of Science, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Part of the British Council 'Knowledge is GREAT' Lecture Series

About the talk:

The 2017 State of the World’s Plants report aims to provide an overview of current knowledge of the world's plants. Building on the success of last year's report, this year we look not only at the numbers of plants, but also why they are important and what makes some plants more resilient than others to threats of climate change, wildfires and pests.

Scientists from around the globe have worked in collaboration with Kew Science to scrutinise databases, published literature, policy documents, reports and satellite imagery to synthesise the latest discoveries and knowledge into this horizon-scanning report.

Join Professor Monique Simmonds OBE, as she discusses the new data findings on State of the Worlds Plants, and how they are relevant and valuable to all aspects of our lives.

Event details

The event will be held on Thursday, 26 October 2017. Registration willl commence promptly at 12.00 p.m.

Venue: Function Hall, Level 1, Botany Centre, Singapore Botanic Gardens 259569 .

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Time: 12.00 p.m. to 2.00 p.m.

Pre-booking is essential and places are limited.

Please note: Timings may vary.

All registrations are subject to availability. We reserve the right to limit and/or refuse registration without assigning any reason. We will confirm all valid registrations with a reminder email. If you do not receive a reminder email but have a valid registration please email us at education@britishcouncil.org.sg for confirmation before arriving at the venue.

About the Speaker:

 

Prof. Monique Simmonds OBE, BSc, PhD, is Deputy Director of Science at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Her research draws on a long-standing interest in plant-animal interactions and the chemistry and economic uses of plants. Her current research is on the economic uses of plants/fungi, in particular their potential as pharmaceutical leads, especially anti-biotics, as well as uses in over–the-counter products such as cosmetics. This involves studying the chemistry of plants and fungi, the biological activities of extracts and isolated compounds, and using the new DNA based phylogenies to assist the selection of species for containing compounds that could be of use in the creation of new cosmetics. In many cases she is capturing the knowledge as to how plants protect themselves from UV damage, oxidative and water stress and using this knowledge to identify plant compounds that could provide a similar type of protection in human skin. Prof. Simmonds is also interested in the development of chemical and DNA authentication methods to check the quality of plant-derived products being sold as medicines, cosmetics and functional foods. These projects often involve the development of benefit-sharing strategies with collaborators and supporting plant conservation in developing countries