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National Biology Week in Cambridge







National Biology Week in Cambridge

13-19th October 2012

Society of Biology East Anglia Branch in partnership


Cambridge Science Festival

2012 sees the first National Biology Week organised by the Society of Biology. Further details about the week can be found on the Society website. Cambridge has a proud tradition of pioneering work in the biological sciences and to celebrate biology in the city during National Biology Week, we’ve organised some exciting events to which everyone is invited.

National Biology Week talks

7.30 – 8.30pm

Babbage Lecture Theatre, New Museum Site,


Tuesday October 16th 2012

Professor Sir John Walker FRS, Nobel Laureate

“Energy and life”

John Walker is Director of the MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit in Cambridge. His work on ATP, the “energy currency of life” led to him being awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1997 and he was knighted in 1999 for services to molecular biology. Sir Paul Nurse, the Royal Society's President described John Walker as "a role model to all scientists", praising his research as "absolutely fundamental to our understanding of what powers living cells and thereby all life".

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Thursday October 18th

Professor Nicky Clayton FRS

“The ape on your bird table”

Nicky Clayton is Professor of Comparative Cognition in the Department of Psychology at the University of Cambridge. Her expertise lies in the study of comparative cognition, integrating a knowledge of both biology and psychology to introduce new ways of thinking about the evolution and development of intelligence in non-verbal animals and pre-verbal children. Much of her work is on “clever birds”, the corvids and their amazing ability to solve problems.

Nicky is also Rambert Dance Company’s first Scientist in Residence. She collaborates with Mark Baldwin, the Artistic Director, on choreographic works inspired by science including the Laurence Oliver award winning Comedy of Change, Seven For A Secret Never To Be Told and What Wild Ecstasy. Nicky also teaches salsa!

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Friday October 19th

Dr Venki Ramakrishnan FRS, Nobel Laureate

"From a childhood in India to solving the structure of the machine

that reads the genetic code."

Venki Ramakrishnan is Group Leader of the Structural Studies Division at the MRC LMB in Cambridge. After a degree and PhD in physics, he moved his attention to biology, working on ribosome structure in the USA and from 1999, at the LMB. His work on ribosome structure and function was recognised by the award of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 2009. Venki’s research has revealed much about the essential process of protein synthesis and paved the way for the potential development of new antibiotics to fight disease.

Access to the Babbage Lecture Theatre on the New Museum site is from Pembroke Street and Free School Lane.

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Big Biology Day

Saturday 13th October

11am – 4pm

Hills Road Sixth Form College, Hills Road,


This is a day of fun and informative hands-on biology activities for all the family, similar to the hugely popular Biozone which attracts thousands of visitors each year as part of the Cambridge Science Festival. Young and not so young are welcome to drop in, no booking required. The Society of Biology will be joined by several organisations including the Biochemical Society, University of Cambridge Plant Sciences, Cambridge Science Centre and RSPB. The aim is to engage, educate and enthuse so do come along, bring your friends and family and enjoy biology.

All enquiries about the talks (but not bookings) and Big Biology Day can be made to Ian Harvey, Vice-Chair Society of Biology East Anglia Branch on 07778204549.

Posted on 05/10/2012

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