Let them eat dirt

7.00pm to 8.30pm, Tuesday 30 May

The Theatre

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

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  • Microbes might not be all bad.

    Credit: B Brett Finlay


Standard £14


Concession £10


Ri Members and Ri Patrons £7

Event description

Although hygiene and antibiotics have overall improved our health, we might have taken our war against germs too far. B Brett Finlay will talk about why a little dirt and our microbes might be good for all of us, as he discusses his new book, Let Them Eat Dirt, co-authored with Marie-Claire Arrieta.

Presented in association with CIFAR, the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research.

About the speakers

B Brett Finaly  is co-director of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research’s Humans & the Microbiome program, and a microbiologist at the University of British Columbia

Brett's new book, co-authored with Marie-Claire Arrieta,Let them eat dirt, will be available for purchase and signing after the talk.


This event will be filmed and on the Ri Channel within a few months. Subscribe for free to hear when new videos are released.

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