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SSCR Annual General Meeting and Lecture: 23 May 2018

The Scottish Society for Crop Research (SSCR) is holding their Annual General Meeting and Lecture at Abertay University, Bell Street, Dundee on 23 May 2018. The AGM itself is open only to SSCR members and the Lecture is open to all, including the general public. Any non-SSCR members will be charged £15 to attend or given the opportunity to join the Society. General admission tickets will be available via EventBrite and payable on attendance.

Event Programme

13:30     Registration and coffee

14:00     Annual General Meeting

14:30     Presentation of Peter Massalski Prize

14:45     Annual Lecture given by Mark Lynas

15:30     Q&A Session

16:00    Drinks Reception and Book Signing

18:00    Event ends


This year we are delighted to welcome Mark Lynas, author of four major popular science environmental books: High Tide (2004), Six Degrees (2008) and The God Species (2011), as well as the Kindle Single ebook Nuclear 2.0 (2012), who will be delivering the Lecture.

"Anti-science and post-truth: climate change, GMOs and nuclear power"

Science has become a political football in the age of so-called post-truth. While conservatives, especially in the US, deny the scientific reality of climate change, left-wingers, Scottish Nationalists and Greens are equally likely to deny the science on genetically modified foods and nuclear power. How can we try to have a more evidence-based debate about these issues?

Mark Lynas is the author of four major popular science environmental books: High Tide (2004), Six Degrees (2008) and The God Species (2011), as well as the Kindle Single ebook Nuclear 2.0 (2012). Six Degrees won the 2008 Royal Society science books prize and was made into a documentary film voiced by Alec Baldwin on the National Geographic channel. Mark was climate change advisor to the President of the Maldives, former political prisoner and democracy campaigner Mohamed Nasheed, from 2009 until 2012. He has contributed extensively to global media, writing for the Guardian, New York Times, Washington Post and numerous others. He is a visiting fellow at the Alliance for Science, Cornell University, which is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Famous for changing his mind about the controversial issue of GMOs, his latest book (April 2018) is called Seeds of Science.

Book Signing

Waterstones Dundee will be at the event selling copies of Mark's latest book "Seeds of Science" which Mark has kindly agreed to sign copies of afterwards.


Spaces at this event are limited and attendees are requested to pre-register so that sufficient catering can be provided.

There is an attendance fee of £15 for non-SSCR members, payable on the day. These visitors will be encouraged to join the Society for the annual fee of £15.

For more information or to register to attend the event, please contact:

Pam Cassidy
Events Coordinator
The James Hutton Institute
Dundee DD2 5DA
Tel: 01382 568 751
Email: events@hutton.ac.uk