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Catalyzing change

At our meetings in October and November we focused on new ways to bring together 'big' datasets, such as the environmental information flowing from the Sentinel family of satellites, with socio-economic data and other kinds of models to assess risk and resilience in food supplies and changes in biodiversity.

This month, we are keen to explore how information from these data sets and the scenarios they generate can be applied in a policy and business context.

Our first witness is Theirry Negre, the Head of the Food Security (FOODSEC) Group within the Monitoring Agricultural Resources (MARS) Unit at the European Commission’s Joint Research Center (JRC) who will be coming over from Ispra, Italy. 

He will join Professor Jaideep Prabhu, the Jawaharlal Nehru Professor of Indian Business & Enterprise at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School and Dr Drew Purves, the former head of the Computational Ecology and Environmental Science group (CEES) at Microsoft Research who has just started working for Google Deepmind.

We are jointly hosting these with the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission and we are hoping to co-produce a brief white paper for EC policy makers identifying future research gaps and opportunities in this area.

We are jointly hosting the three meetings with the Joint Research Centre (JRC), the European Commission's in-house science service which employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy.

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