Professor David Raubenheimer presents as part of the seminars-discussions series “Exploring interdisciplinary knowledge and learning practices".
In Semester 2, 2018, CRLI's Interdisciplinarity SIG will host a series of seminars around the topic of “Exploring interdisciplinary knowledge and learning practices”. At this seminar Professor David Raubenheimer will present "What is inter-disciplinary integration? An illustration from nutrition research”.
Despite tremendous global investment in nutrition research, poor nutrition remains by a large margin the single greatest cause of preventable deaths. This has given rise to growing concern that we are approaching the problem in the wrong way, and new strategies are needed. Two criticisms that have repeatedly been raised are that we do not pay sufficient respect to the complexity of nutrition, and that systems-based interdisciplinary approaches are needed to deal with this complexity. In this session I talk about an approach from my own research, called nutritional geometry, designed to tackle the challenges of complexity and interdisciplinary integration in human nutrition science. I will illustrate its application using human obesity as an example.
David Raubenheimer is a nutritional ecologist, with 25 years of experience in applying ecological and evolutionary theory in the study of animal nutrition. He obtained his PhD from the University of Oxford in 1992, and subsequently took up teaching and research positions at Oxford, the University of Auckland, and Massey University in New Zealand. In 2013 he was appointed Leonard P. Ullman Chair of Nutritional Ecology and Nutrition Theme Leader in the Charles Perkins Centre, University of Sydney. In this context he has broadened the focus of his work from non-humans animals to apply principles of nutritional ecology to human nutrition, while concurrently continuing to work on a wide range of non-human animals, including great apes and other non-human primates in the wild.
These events will be held as part of the weekly CRLI Learning and Innovation seminar series, and will invite local and international experts to present their interdisciplinary knowledge and research and explore learning practices. At the discretion of the presenters, seminars may be recorded and made available online. More information will follow here when available.