Dr George McGavin to sign Monkey Planet DVDs

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Our headline speaker Dr George McGavin will be signing copies of his newest BBC documentary, Monkey Planet, for An Evening of Science and Reason at The University of Central Lancashire on the 6th of June. Come along if like us you are fascinated by everything that science and the natural world has to offer, or if you just love the cute and hairy faces of the other members of our primate family!

Blog Preston picks up An Evening of Science and Reason

Blog Preston have kindly picked up our event and advertised it on their website after a chance interview with PSR founder at Winkley Weekend. Thanks Blog Preston!

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“Three leading scientists will be speaking at Preston’s university in June.

Billed as an Evening of Science and Reason it sees BBC documentary maker and Oxford University scientist Dr George McGavin speak about the insect world.

His talk is titled Insects: Sex, violence and a cast of billions.

Dr Robert Asher speaks about Evolution, Reason and Religion.

Matt Dickinson is last up speaking about the Science of Superheroes. He is a lecturer in computing, engineering and physical sciences at UCLan.

The event is free to attend and takes place from 5pm until 9pm on Friday 6 June in the Darwin Lecture Theatre at UCLan.

You can register for the event via Eventbrite and find out more on the Science and Reason blog.”

Dr George McGavin’s Monkey Planet on BBC

Are you coming to An Evening of Science and Reason with Dr George McGavin, Dr Robert Asher, Matt Dickinson and all of our wonderful student volunteers? I hope so! To introduce you to one of our speakers, here’s a short video of one of the many fascinating – and in the case of this short clip very amusing – documentaries that George has been involved in. If you’d like to come along get your free ticket HERE.

The Lawyer’s Secular Society Supports An Evening of Science and Reason

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Project Science and Reason would like to thank Charlie Klendjian of The Lawyers’ Secular Society for his support for An Evening of Science and Reason. The LSS believes “that legal rights and the administration of justice should be based on equality, respect for human rights and objective evidence.” If you are an aspiring lawyer at UCLan, or anywhere else for that matte,r then feel free to get in touch with them for more information.

Volunteer Update: Emma Lowrie – Is Paranormal Belief a Unique Form of Coping?

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Emma Lowrie

Course: PhD Research Psychology

Thesis: Is Paranormal Belief a Unique Form of Coping

I began my career by completing my BSC Hons Psychology degree at UCLan. Since then I have progressed to studying for my PhD through completing a research internship and helping to collect data and contributing to literature reviews for a number of publications that are currently in preparation. I enjoy all aspects of my university life at UCLan, one of these is Project Science and Reason which I am honoured to be a part of as it allows me to help engage the public in subjects that I find truly fascinating.

Guest Speaker: Dr George McGavin – Insects: Sex, violence and a cast of billions

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Dr George McGavin

Dr George McGavin is the presenter of Dissected: The Incredible Human Hand and Foot for BBC4 and Monkey Planet for BBC1, and his film Alien Nations season in March.

George is also the presenter of the multi award winning After Life – The Science of Decay for BBC4, the co-presenter of Prehistoric Autopsy and he also frontedMiniature Britain for BBC 1 and Planet Ant: Life Inside the Colony for BBC4 .

He is also an accomplished broadcaster having made many programmes for the BBC including the phenomenally successful ‘Lost Lands’ expedition series.

George is also a regular contributor to The One Show (BBC1). He also recently presented the Radio 4 programme The Etymology of Entomology .

Dr George McGavin is an Honorary Research Associate at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History and a Research Associate of The Department of Zoology of Oxford University. He is also a Fellow of the Linnean Society, The Royal Geographical Society and an Honorary Fellow of The Society of Biology. His research has taken him from the tropical forests of Papua New Guinea to the caves of Thailand and from the jungles of Belize to the savannas of Tanzania. George studied Zoology at Edinburgh University before completing a doctorate at the British Museum of Natural History and Imperial College, London. George has written numerous books on insects and other animals. Acknowledged as an engaging and entertaining speaker George regularly speaks to audiences about insects, ecology, evolution, conservation and exploration.George McGavin has several insect species named in his honour and hopes they survive him.

Dr George McGavin

Dr George McGavin

See George McGavin’s Marvellous Minibeasts HERE

George’s new book Bugs: A Pop-up Journey into the World of Insects, Spiders and Creepy-Crawlies’ is published by Walker Books and out now

Presentation

Insects: Sex, violence and a cast of billions

Insects are the most diverse and successful group of multi-cellular animals on Earth. They were the first species to colonise the land and the air and in their 450 million year history they have become a keystone in global ecosystems. Without them the world would be a very different place and we, along with most other terrestrial species, would become extinct. But insects have a dark side – they have changed the short course of human history by killing hundreds of millions of people and destroying their crops.

Darwin Lecture Theatre, UCLan, Preston, UK, 6th June, 1700 – 2100 BOOK NOW

PSR joins the Creative Communities Group

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I am delighted to have been asked to join the Creative Communities Group which seems to embody many of the principles and aims of our own project.

“The CCG aims to empower people, locally, nationally and internationally for positive change through volunteering and community engagement.

Supporting the majority of schools across the UCLan campus in a variety of activities including film festivals, drama productions, art exhibitions, music events, dance exhibitions, community creative writing groups, conferences, science festivals, community health Melas.

The CCG also support creative teaching as a pathway to inclusion and accessible education.”