Top TV Scientist Draws a Crowd at UCLan

George McGavin

Glen Carrigan, Masters by research student UCLan School of Psychology, palaeontologist Dr Robert Asher, associate lecturer in computer aided engineering at UCLan Matt Dickinson and Television presenter Dr George McGavin.Written by:

Rachel Atkinson, 09 June 2014, original article

The BBC’s Dr George McGavin was the headline speaker at a science event.

One of the country’s top entomologists drew a crowd at a 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, was the headline speaker at the Evening of Science and Reason.

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

Dr McGavin, who has recently presented Monkey Planet for BBC1, gave a talk entitled Insects: Sex, violence and a cast of billions. Dr Asher, a palaeontologist specialising in mammals, presented Evolution, Reason, and Religion and Matt Dickinson talked about The Science of Superheroes.

Organiser Glen Carrigan, who is a Masters by Research Student in UCLan’s School of Psychology, said: “An Evening of Science and Reason was a huge success. With Matt Dickinson showing us how his fully functional iron man helmet worked, Dr Robert Asher weighing up his religious belief whilst being a palaeontologist and Dr George McGavin telling us how much sex insects have whilst he threw melons around the room, there truly was something for everyone.”

“I set up this project in order to stimulate scientific and ethical debate, and feel that this aim was definitely achieved. We hope to hold more events like this in the future and wish to thank all of our guests and fantastic volunteers for coming along.”

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

Dr George McGavin

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


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.

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