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Top TV scientist to give free lecture at UCLan

21 May 2014

Rachel Atkinson

The BBC’s Dr George McGavin is the headline speaker at an upcoming science event

Photo credit: Tim Martin

One of the country’s top entomologists is giving a free public lecture at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

Television presenter Dr George McGavin, who is a regular contributor to the BBC’s One Show, will be the headline speaker at the Evening of Science and Reason on 6 June.

He will be joined at the free student led event by Dr Robert Asher and UCLan’s Matt Dickinson. All three talks are designed to highlight scientific discovery and ethical living in a modern world.

“We want the public to understand what scientists do and why they do it so this free event hopes to entertain and inform, whilst perhaps answering some of those niggling little scientific questions which we know everyone has.”

Organiser Glen Carrigan, who is a Masters by Research Student in UCLan’s School of Psychology, said: “It’s great we’ve been able to secure such a big name in the science world as Dr McGavin to come to the University and I’m sure plenty of people will be very interested in what he has to say.

“We want the public to understand what scientists do and why they do it so this free event hopes to entertain and inform, whilst perhaps answering some of those niggling little scientific questions which we know everyone has.”

Dr McGavin, who has recently presented Monkey Planet for BBC1, is giving a talk at 6.00pm entitled Insects: Sex, violence and a cast of billions. Dr Asher, a palaeontologist specialising in mammals, will address the audience at 7.00pm with his presentation Evolution, Reason, and Religion and at 8.00pm Matt Dickinson will talk about The Science of Superheroes.

The event is taking place in the Darwin Lecture Theatre from 5.00pm to 9.00pm. Book your free tickets at www.eventbrite.co.uk