IntroductionA packed Lancaster Town Hall for ‘Our biological heritage and our human future: living and flourishing sustainably’.
On Thursday 24 May, Cesagen played host to Professor Sir John Sulston, Nobel Prize winner and former leader of the UK human genome project.
Over a hundred people packed into the Banqueting Suite at Lancaster Town Hall on a hot and sunny evening to hear Sir John’s lecture.
Professor Tony McEnery, Dean of the Faculty of the Arts and Social Sciences opened proceedings and welcomed Sir John to Lancaster.
In his lecture, Sir John looked back over the last fifty years and at achievements within the science of human biology but also cast an eye to the future by considering the problems faced today with regard to population growth and levels of material consumption. The lecture was well received and generated varied, lively responses from a diverse audience.
The event concluded with a wine reception at which the conversation about the issues raised by Sir John continued more informally.
This was the third public lecture organized by ESRC Cesagen at Lancaster Town Hall and is part of Cesagen’s commitment to reach out beyond the campus and to engage students, staff and the people of Lancaster in reflections on some of the pressing issues of our time.
Each of these events has been focused on a talk offered by a key public figure who has made their mark both within their own scientific field but who also has a wider social profile. Previous speakers have included Professor Tim Lang and Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys.