U3A at the Ri: language development and deep ocean exploration

1.45pm to 4.45pm, Monday 10 October

The Theatre

The Royal Institution of Great Britain GB United Kingdom W1S 4BS 21 Albemarle Street London

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  • Hydrothermal vent tubeworms get energy from bacteria that live in their plumes. Image ID: nur04507, National Undersearch Research Program (NURP) Collection Location: Pacific Ocean Credit: OAR/National Undersea Research Program (NURP)


Standard £20

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Event description

We team up with the University of the Third Age an afternoon of fascinating talks, covering everything from language development to deep ocean exploration.

U3A members can only book directly through U3A National Office www.u3a.org.uk events in the members’ area.

About the speakers

Jon Copley is the British person to dive more than 5 km (3.1 miles) deep in the ocean. He is an award-winning communicatorwriter, and educator, and co-founder of acompany that trains scientists in how to share their research with wider public audiences. As a marine biologist, his research explores life in the ocean depths that cover most of our world, where he has led expeditions discovering new species of deep-sea animals.

Courtenay Norbury is an RCUK Research Fellow in Cognitive Science in the Department of Psychology at Royal Holloway, University of London. Following her first degree at the University of New Mexico, USA, she completed an MSc in Clinical Communication Studies at City University in London, qualifying as a speech-language therapist. She started her clinical practice in City and Hackney Primary Health Care Trust, before leaving to work with Professor Dorothy Bishop, at the University of Oxford. She completed her doctorate in experimental psychology under the supervision of Professor Bishop in 2004.

Jill Stuart is LSE Fellow in Global Politics in the Department of Government at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Since March 2013 she has been Editor in Chief of the journal Space Policy. Space Policy is the pre-eminent academic journal on the topic, published since 1985. She is the 2015 British Science Association Margaret Mead Award Lecture winner, in recognition of her cutting edge research.


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