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.”

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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!

Poster 06.06.14 event George, Robert and Matt

“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.”