Woodland Trust president Clive Anderson pays tribute to the life and legacy of prolific ecologist and author Oliver Rackham, who died in February. This inaugural memorial lecture will explore Professor Rackham’s profound influence, both on the work of the Trust and Clive’s own love of the nation’s trees and woods.
The poet and Iraq veteran Kevin Powers has composed an unforgettable account of friendship and loss. It vividly captures the desperation and brutality of war, and its terrible after-effects. But it is also a story of love, of great courage, and of extraordinary human survival.
Beyond The Script
Psychologist and writer Dr Terri Apter will address common myths about women and how to overcome them, with author Zoe Strimpel. They discuss why women’s lives are analysed in such detail, why their choices are so subject to scrutiny, and how they can resist and play with the stereotypes that define them.
Nativel Preciado and Rosa Montero speak about their literary works Si yo tuviera 100.000 seguidores (Planeta) and La ridícula idea de no volver a verte (Seix Barral). Each is a profound reflection on intimacy, society, work, life and memories. Chaired by Ana Gavín.
Co-organized with Fundación Lara
We know we love the NHS. It’s up there with Shakespeare and the Olympics. And we all want to improve it. Prof Tallis argues that the Government’s Health And Social Care Act will result in the death of some of the members of the audience, will cause others to suffer, and will financially ruin many more – and asks what can be done… Chaired by Julie Grigg GP.
A stunning illustrated talk about how bioluminescence has revolutionised biomedical research and clinical diagnosis. It has led to major discoveries about the biggest ecosystem on the planet, and how cells switch on and off in health and disease. Quite surprisingly, it has also created several billion dollar markets – the pharmacy prof reveals all.
Children as young as six have already developed ideas about what boys and girls can ‘do’. As they progress through school further, cultural messages fix attitudes and are one part of why we have so few women engineers or male vets. Innovation, which thrives on diverse perspectives, is handicapped by the effects of such stereotyping. Our society needs to do better. Athene Donald is Professor of Experimental Physics and Master of Churchill College.
How does narrative shape the sciences and the arts? Booker Prize-winner Ben Okri, author of The Famished Road, Astonishing the Gods and The Age of Magic, is joined by mathematician Marcus du Sautoy, in conversation with novelist and academic Elleke Boehmer.
The intimate story of tsars and tsarinas; some touched by genius, some by madness, but all inspired by holy autocracy and imperial ambition. The historian’s gripping chronicle reveals their secret world of unlimited power and ruthless empire-building, overshadowed by palace conspiracy, family rivalries, sexual decadence and wild extravagance, and peopled by a cast of adventurers, courtesans, revolutionaries and poets, from Ivan the Terrible to Tolstoy, from Queen Victoria to Lenin. Sebag Montefiore is the author of Catherine the Great & Potemkin and Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar.
Young writers from Wales, Italy, Germany and Belgium come together to discuss their newly-commissioned and translated stories on the theme of Jerusalem.
A compelling history of the southern-most continent from the C18th voyages of discovery to the fierce rivalries of today, as governments, scientists, environmentalists and oil companies compete for control. Chaired by Oliver Balch.
The visionary Earth scientist suggests two new big ideas: the first is that three hundred years ago, when Thomas Newcomen invented the steam engine, he was unknowingly beginning ‘accelerated evolution’, a process which is bringing about change on our planet roughly a million times faster than Darwinian evolution. The second is that as part of this process, humanity has the capacity to become the intelligent part of Gaia, the self-regulating Earth system whose discovery Lovelock first announced nearly 50 years ago.