THE FOURTH HUGH BUNTING MEMORIAL LECTURE
Professor Jules Pretty
OBE, FRSA, FIBiol
Professor of Environment & Society,
University of Essex and Deputy-Chair of the Advisory Committee on Releases to the
Sustainable Agriculture and the Future of the
World Food System
Date: Monday, 1 June 2009 Venue: John Madejski LectureTheatre
Agriculture Building, Earley Gate
The University of Reading
Programme: Chair – Professor Chris Garforth
• 18:00 - 18:30 – Assemble
• 18:30 - 18:35 – Welcome – Dr Michael Gooding
• 18:35 - 18:50 – Remembering Professor Hugh Bunting – Dr Peter Le Mare
• 18:50 - 20:00 -- The Hugh Bunting Memorial Lecture – Professor Jules Pretty
• 20:00 - 21:30 – Reception and finger buffet -- free
Spouses and partners are very welcome.
RSVP to: Melissa Bradley (email@example.com; tel: 0118 378 8482).
How to get there? Consult the University of Reading map website – www.rdg.ac.uk/maps/
The Agriculture Building, opened in 2000, is Building Number 59 (Square D8) on the
Whitenights campus map. Please use the Earley Gate entrance to the campus.
Hugh Bunting made many contributions during his career to the understanding and practice of
tropical agriculture. He inspired and challenged many generations of his students, many of
whom went on to fill influential positions around the world. Hugh was Professor of Agricultural
Botany at the University of Reading from 1956 to 1982. For seven years he was Dean of the
Faculty of Agriculture and Food. He contributed substantially to enhancing the University’s
reputation in agricultural science and technology and in developing the University’s
competence and reputation in tropical agriculture.
Hugh would happily take development agencies to task if he felt that they were guilty of woolly
thinking or actions not firmly based on evidence. He held the first and only Chair of
Agricultural Development Overseas at Reading, funded by the British Aid Programme – ODA
and ODM. He was Chair of the working group set up by Bob Cunningham and ODA to decide
on the future of the ICTA Association, which resulted in the establishment of the TAA.
Working with David Betts he was largely responsible for the drafting of the first constitution
and for the registration of the TAA as a UK charity.
Hugh always encouraged us to learn the lessons of the past but to look forward, so the overall
theme of the memorial lectures is ‘agricultural futures’.