Is English as the lingua franca of research posing a risk?

26 January 2017

Picture: Keith Heppell

Dr Tatsuya Amano, post-doc at CSER, was interviewed by Cambridge Independent on the issues of English being the lingua franca of research.

“This one small aspect of the tension between the conservation of biodiversity and the challenge of food security helped to get him interested in the wider problem of the gaps in global information about biodiversity and conservation. He came to Cambridge, and to an office in the David Attenborough building, in 2011 to pursue the question. He is also based at the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, where he has now started to think about the kind of catastrophic ecosystem collapse that could threaten the stability of human society. He won’t be drawn on the detail yet, but imagine a world without insect pollinators, or the collapse of fish populations.”

Read the full interview here.

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