The theme of this year’s TrinTalk will be Aspects of Global Security. Our expert speakers will lead an in-depth exploration of four of the key threats to world stability today – food security; North Korea; the Middle East, and cyber security. The panel will present on the nature of these threats, the potential consequences for humanity, and how these challenges might best be addressed.
We are delighted to confirm the following four speakers: Professor Sir David Baulcombe FRS (e2009), Alistair Morgan (1976), Dr Glen Rangwala (1993), and Amy Smith (1984).
Professor David Baulcombe is Head of Group and Regius Professor of Botany, based at the Department of Plant Sciences, and Royal Society Research Professor. His talk, entitled ‘Biotechnology and Food Security’, will focus on the challenges of feeding a growing and demanding population in the face of climate change and natural resource depletion.
Alistair Morgan is British Ambassador to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Given recent diplomatic efforts on the part of the US Government, and the regime in North Korea, his talk will focus on the latest developments in the Korean peninsula and the wider ramifications for the rest of the world.
Dr Glen Rangwala is Fellow and Director of Admissions, Trinity College, and Lecturer and University Teaching Officer at the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS). An expert on the Middle East, his presentation will focus on the volatile situation there and the resulting threats to international peace and security.
Amy Smith is Executive Cyber Security Architect, North America Distribution Market at IBM. Her talk – ‘Cyber security and the Evolving Threat Landscape: What is the Path Forward?’ – will ask how we got to where we are with cyber security, cover what the current threat landscape looks like, and suggest the future of cyber defences.