Mon 1 Jan 0001 - Mon 6 May 2019,
Prof Dame Ottoline Leyser, University of Cambridge
It’s easy to imagine that plants don’t do much because of our powerful prejudice that equates action with movement. But plants literally build themselves out of thin air and water, which is pretty extraordinary. They collect carbon dioxide from the air and water from the soil, which requires large surface areas above and below ground, and this means that they can't move. Because they can’t move, they have to adapt to the environmental conditions around them, assessing light quality, nutrient availability, windiness etc and adjusting their growth and development accordingly. Also because they can’t move, they have to be able to deal with predation without running away, which means having no unique parts, and therefore no central information processing centre equivalent to an animal’s brain. Instead they have to use distributed decision-making processes. My research is about how plants make developmental decisions without the benefit of a brain.
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Duration: 1 hour with no interval
Thursday 2nd May 2019
LECTURE 5.30pm - The Music of Bubbles
CONCERT 8pm - Festival Overture!
Friday 3rd May 2019
LECTURE 5.30pm - Brain plasticity
CONCERT 8pm - Phronesis
Saturday 4th May 2019
CONCERT 2.30pm - American Connection
LECTURE 5.30pm - A Sea of Trouble
CONCERT 8pm - Austrian Brothers
Sunday 5th May 2019
CONCERT 2.30pm - Mary Bevan & Friends
LECTURE 5.30pm - Living with our defects
CONCERT 8pm - In Memoriam
Monday 6th May 2019
LECTURE - 2pm - Ansel
LECTURE - 4pm - Thinking Like a Vegetable
CONCERT - 6pm - Festival Finale
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