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Biology Open Lectures

These lectures are open to all members of the University and the public.

Each of the speakers is both a distinguished scientist and a good communicator. The lectures aim to capture the imagination of everyone interested in biology.

Admission is free, but sometimes spaces are limited and booking is required - please see details of the open lecture below for booking information.

Past events:

Documenting and predicting biological invasions globally

Wednesday 30 November 2022

Professor Helen Roy will present her work at this Biology Open Lecture

What we can learn from the 'slow epidemic' of dementia

Wednesday 1 December 2021

Professor Carol Brayne's lecture will reflect on how research into dementia across the last decades, and increasing awareness of this disorder for ageing societies has developed in the context of our current acute challenges of the pandemic and climate change.

Natural justice and a sense of place: some examples of how soil can be used as intelligence and evidence

Thursday 5 March 2020

Professor Lorna Dawson will talk about the discipline of forensic soil science, with examples from real case work and from fiction where evidence from the earth has been of importance in helping to solve crimes and to bring about natural justice.

Why and how is our DNA woven into chromosomes?

Monday 2 December 2019

Professor Kim Nasmyth will talk about how a remarkable set of enzymes responsible for chromatid formation and for sister chromatid cohesion.

“Studying Cancer, One Cell at a Time”

Wednesday 8 May 2019

Join Wendy J. Fantl, Associate Director Advanced Proteomic Phenotyping Core, Stanford University, as she explains the biological complexity to treating diseases such as cancer and how important it is to think about tissues at the single cell level.

Silicon in plants: novel approaches to crop protection and climate change mitigation

Wednesday 24 January 2018

Professor Sue Hartley will present her work

N8 AgriFood programme: working to ensure sustainable, resilient and healthy food supply for all

Wednesday 29 November 2017

Katherine Denby will present her work

The SPHERE project - A Sensor Platform for Healthcare in a Residential Environment

Wednesday 15 March 2017

Professor Jeremy Tavare, University of Bristol

Watching the brain at work

Wednesday 8 February 2017

Professor Leon Lagnado, School of Life Sciences, University of Sussex

Plants use Biological Clocks to Welcome the Spring and Avoid Economic Crises

Wednesday 18 January 2017

Professor Andrew Millar, University of Edinburgh

Surviving the Anthropocene: a story of biological gains as well as losses

Wednesday 30 November 2016

Professor Chris Thomas, Department of Biology, University of York

Antibiotic Resistance and You

Wednesday 12 October 2016

Dr Adam Roberts, University College London

Diversity, Diabetes and Directing Traffic

Wednesday 13 April 2016

Professor Frances Brodsky, Faculty of Life Sciences, University College London

The Improbable Origin of Complex Life

Wednesday 2 March 2016

Dr Nick Lane, Reader in Evolutionary Biochemistry, University College London

Dining out with friends: Host microbe interactions in the gastrointestinal tract

Wednesday 13 January 2016

Professor Fiona Powrie, The Kennedy Institute, University of Oxford

Gene sharing and the evolution of complex cells

Wednesday 2 December 2015

Professor Tom Richards, Exeter University

Sex chromosomes and human infertility

Wednesday 11 November 2015

Dr James Turner, The Francis Crick Institute

Dressed to kill: what do infectious disease agents have in their wardrobes

Wednesday 29 April 2015

Professor Sunetra Gupta, Oxford University

Reservoirs of bovine TB in wildlife and livestock: an environmental perspective

Wednesday 18 February 2015

Professor Wellington, Life Sciences, University of Warwick

Folding a Protein: Nature’s Origami

Wednesday 14 January 2015

Professor Sheena Radford, Astbury Centre for Structural Molecular Biology, University of Leeds

Cancer through the lens of evolution

Thursday 4 December 2014

Professor Mel Greaves, The Institute of Cancer Research, London

Solving the nitrogen problem in food production

Wednesday 12 November 2014

Professor Giles Oldroyd, John Innes Centre

Improving photosynthesis to feed the future

Wednesday 8 October 2014

Dr Julian Hibberd will present his research

How purple photosynthetic bacteria harvest solar energy

Wednesday 30 April 2014

Professor Codgell will present his research

Impacts of Climate Change on Wildlife: Trends, Complexities and Surprises

Wednesday 5 March 2014

Professor Parmesan will present her research

Antibiotic resistance - What does it mean to you and why should you care?

Wednesday 5 February 2014

Professor Laura Piddock will present her research on antibiotic resistance

Reprogramming the Genetic code

Wednesday 15 January 2014

Professor Chin will present his research

Molecules, mating and mayhem in the sexual interactions of fruit-flies

Wednesday 4 December 2013

Professor Tracey Chapman talks about the sexual interactions of fruit-flies

Thinking without a brain: The self-organisation of plant form

Wednesday 27 November 2013

Professor Ottoline Leyser talks about environmental responses in plants

How did that get here?

Wednesday 20 November 2013

Dr Julian Parkhill talks about tracking transmission and evolution of bacterial pathogens with high-throughput genomics

The captured thought: Understanding other minds and other times

Wednesday 16 October 2013

Professor Nicky Clayton and Clive Wilkins argue that seeing determines our ability to navigate the realities we encounter