Unnatural selection

7.00pm to 8.30pm, Tuesday 11 September

Conversation room

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

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  • Drawing of dog skulls
    Credit: Katrina van Grouw


Standard £16


Concession £10


Ri Members and Ri Patrons £7

Event description

Using beautiful drawings and fascinating examples, Katrina van Grouw will explore how selective breeding might bring about the transformation of animals at the hand of man. Building on work published by Darwin 150 years ago, she will discuss how domesticated animals allow us to see the intricate, and normally slow, process of evolution happening right before our very eyes.

About the speaker

Katrina van Grouw holds degrees in fine art and natural history illustration, and is a former curator of ornithological collections at a major national museum. She's a self-taught scientist with a passion for evolutionary biology and its history. After a long and varied career on both sides of the art/science divide she now devotes her time exclusively to her books which, for her, "tick all creative and intellectual boxes."

Your chair for the evening is Jack Ashby, Manager of the University Museum of Zoology. 



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

Book signing

Copies of Katrina's book, Unnatural Selection, will be available for purchase and signing after the talk.

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