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The Futures of Sciences

Thursday 21 March: 1:15pm - 5:15pm
Friday 22 March: 9:00am - 5:15pm

Department of Engineering, Lecture Theatre 0, Trumpington Street, CB2 1PZ

200th Anniversary - Two-Day interdisciplinary scientific meeting organised by Professor Simon Conway Morris FRS, covering the Futures of Sciences, their different aspects and varied applications. Open to all and free to all who are interested.

Programme for 200th Anniversary Two-Day Meeting – The Futures of Sciences

Thursday 21 March 2019
13.15–13.30 Registration and Coffee
13.30–13.45 Introduction to meeting
13.45–14.30 Professor Lord Martin Rees FRS, Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge - Our complex cosmos
14.30–15.15 Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore FBA, UCL, London - The adolescent brain
15.15–15.45 Afternoon Tea
15.45-16.30 Professor Ursula Gibson, Norwegian University of Science and Technology - Emerging phenomena in optics
16.30-17.15 Professor Richard Lenski, Michigan State University - Can we predict evolution, even on a small scale?

Friday 22 March 2019
09.00-09.15 Registration and Coffee
09.15-09.30 Introduction to meeting
09.30-10.15 Dr Richard Henderson FRS, FMedSci, HonFRSC, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge - A brief history of structural biology
10.15-11.00 Professor Chris Bishop FRS FRSE FREng, Laboratory Director, Microsoft Research, Cambridge - Artificial intelligence
11.00-11.30 Morning Coffee
11.30-12.15 Professor Sheena Cruickshank FRSA, University of Manchester -Harnessing the power of immunology to heal ourselves
12.15-13.00 Dr Venki Ramakrishnan PRS, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge - The ribosome: the quest for its structure and where we go now
13.00-13.45 Lunch
13.45-14.30 Professor Sir Richard Peto FRS, Nuffield Department of Population Health, Oxford -Halving premature death
14.30-15.15 Professor Vilayanur S Ramachandran, Centre for Brain and Cognition, UCSD La Jolla - How the brain does not work; insights from clinical neurology and evolution
15.15-15.45 Afternoon Tea
15.45-16.30 Dr Seth Shostak, Seti Institute, California - Why the 21st century will redirect the human trajectory
16.30-17.15 Professor George M Whitesides, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University - Title to be confirmed

Open to all who are interested, entry is free and no booking is required.
A buffet lunch will be available at a cost of £5 in advance or £7.00 on the day. Numbers for the luncheon are limited and an advance purchase is recommended to guarantee a place. Please contact the Executive Secretary ( for a voucher.

Please note that there is no public parking at the Department of Engineering.

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Age: 15+, Talk, Drop in, Free