An introduction to evolution (short course)

7.00pm to 8.30pm (every evening), Monday 18 April

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  • Minstrel bugs making inexplicable love

    Credit: Steve Cook, CC-BY-SA-3.0


Standard £190
Members £160

This covers all five sessions.

Event description

The astonishing diversity and apparent design of living things resisted scientific explanation for the majority of human history. The publication of On The Origin of Species in 1859 was a turning point in our understanding of life on earth. In this series of five workshops, led by Dr Steve Cook of Imperial College London, you will explore how evolution has shaped the living world over the past 4 billion years, through processes such as natural selection, mutation, genetic drift, and speciation. We will also be looking at some questions in evolutionary biology that are still actively debated: although the answer might seem obvious to everyone else, biologists still don’t really know why we have sex. 

“Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution” Theodosius Dobzhansky.

The course will run every evening at 7pm from Monday 18 April to Friday 22 April 2016.

The course costs £190 (£160 Members) for five sessions, including all course materials and refreshments. The course is for interest only, with no qualification, examination, or certificate of attendance at its conclusion.

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