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We have a rapidly closing window of time in which to address three critical challenges facing society and the planet that sustains us.

Healthy Plants, Healthy People, Healthy Planet (HP3) is our vision for achieving a safer, healthier and more sustainable future, to find solutions to the very real threats facing humankind and the planet more widely.

Join us at New Scientist Live to find out more about our vision, and the science-based solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges.

Our HP3 room, will be open all day and we’ll be exploring the wonderful, complex world of plants and microbes.

You’ll get to explore the latest plant and microbial research breakthroughs, meet our scientists, experience live demonstrations, see behind the scenes, and have discussions about cutting-edge topics.

The need to sustainably feed a growing population, and to combat existing and new global health threats, with a rapidly changing climate provides the motivation to step up the UK’s research and development capability.

The current COVID-19 pandemic is a stark demonstration of our collective vulnerability and a reminder that our world is more interconnected than we had ever realised.

There is huge potential for plant and microbial science to overcome many of the challenges we face. Our exciting discoveries in plant science, genetics, microbiology and plant-microbe interactions have already had a huge impact, but advances in technology, scientific practice and computing mean there is even greater potential to be realised.

A new UK hub for plant and microbial science, with an inclusive and open approach will allow the best in the world to collaborate, innovate and instigate transformational change at pace.

Join us to find out how healthy plants can help us make agriculture more sustainable. The importance of plants to life on Earth is staggering. Plants are the source of all humankind’s food and produce 98% of the oxygen we breathe. Along with the microbes they interact with, plants contain vast amounts of information that we study and translate into practical solutions.

By understanding plant genetics, we can generate new crops that are disease resistant, drought-proof, less reliant on chemicals and more nutritious. At New Scientist Live we’ll be showing how our knowledge of plant genetics can be used to improve crops to make them more resilient to pests,

diseases and to a changing climate. We’ll visit the field trials which are replicating a warmer climate and it’s effects on plant growth, and we’ll discuss the importance of plant health on our food supply.

We’ll be exploring how plants and microbes can make us all more healthy. Plants and microbes are an important source of many therapeutic molecules, from antibiotics, to anti-cancer drugs.

We’ll explore how we can also use food plants to protect us against disease, and how we can use plants and microbes to sustainably produce medicines, vaccines and other useful compounds. By unlocking the health benefits of plants and microbes we can make more nutritious foods and we can rapidly manufacture compounds, molecules and vaccines to target emerging viral threats.

We’ll be hosting discussions with our experts, and you can find out how plants can be used as factories to produce medicines and vaccines.

The John Innes Centre and The Sainsbury Laboratory are world-leaders in plant and microbial science, uniquely positioned to lead the scientific advances needed to face these era-defining threats.

Find out how plant science can help us to combat climate change. By understanding how plants grow and develop we can use plants and microbes to combat climate change. Plants rapidly adapt to changes in weather and climate, understanding the genetics of plants and microbes, and how they respond to their surroundings will help us to develop innovative new solutions in the future.

Working together in a new, collaborative, interdisciplinary and technology-driven way, we aim to tackle and overcome the biggest threats facing the world, making the scientific potential of today meet the global challenges of tomorrow. Join us to find out more.

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