Citizens, Science and Science for Citizens

Professor Dame Athene Donald, DBE, FRS, Dept. of Physics, Churchill College, University of Cambridge

  • Mon 20th Feb 2017
  • 19:30
  • Wolfson Lecture Theatre, Churchill College, Storey’s Way, Cambridge CB3 0DS

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Historically science was not the domain of scientists since the concept of 'scientist' did not exist. Many aristocratic or professional gentleman could dabble in it, along with other pursuits. However science is now too often seen as a specialist topic, only for the smartest or most dedicated, an attitude to the detriment of society collectively as we attempt to solve solutions to the global problems of the 21st century. Scientists can try to communicate the excitement of their research, but that can also pose challenges with (and for) the media. F inally, in some arenas citizen science provides a way for the public to become personally involved in certain projects, such as Galaxy Zoo, enabling not only their active participation but a means for them to contribute directly to the research.

Athene Donald did her first and second degrees in Cambridge. After 4 years postdoctoral experience in the USA she returned to Cambridge. She became a Professor in 1998 and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1999. Her research is in the general field of soft matter and physics at the interface of biology; she has published over 250 papers in these fields. She has chaired many committees within Cambridge and beyond and has served on University Council (2009-14) and as the University Gender Equality Champion (2010-14). She is currently a member of the Scientific Council of the ERC and a Trustee of the Science Museum. As well as various prizes from the IOP and Royal Society, she won the 2009 L'Oreal/Unesco Laureate for Europe award. She was appointed DBE in the 2010 Birthday Honours for services to Physics. She took up the role of Master of Churchill College in October 2014.

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The lecture will be preceded by a five-minute presentation by Nick Jones, CSAR Awardee, entitled "Developing Low-cost, Healthy Diets with Linear Programming"

After his presentation, Nick Jones wrote: The two sets of dietary guidance Nick referred to in his talk were: 1) the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension diet pattern, and 2) the recommendations of the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition.

Please note: The two presentations will be preceded by a Special General Meeting of CSAR at 1930, which should take less than five minutes. Download SGM agenda