The snapdragon’s tale: Evolutionary paths to species diversity

7.00pm to 8.30pm, Tuesday 21 November

The Theatre

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

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  • The snapdragon flower

    Credit: Rameshng via Wikimedia


Standard £16


Concession £10


Ri Members and Ri Patrons £7

Event description

Every species seems beautifully adapted to its way of life, so why do species ever change? In this year's Genetics Society JBS Haldane Lecture, Enrico Coen will discuss how studying the snapdragon flower and its wild relatives is providing fresh answers. He will show how genes and environment interact to drive populations to explore new evolutionary paths.

About the speaker

Enrico Coen is a biologist who studies the mechanisms used by plants to create complex and varied flower structures. Enrico combines molecular, genetic and imaging studies with population and ecological models and computational analysis to understand flower development.


The doors will open at approximately 6.30pm, with a prompt start at 7.00pm. There will be time for questions after the talk.

Latecomers will be admitted ot the gallery.

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