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U3A at the Ri: Dinosaurs, epigenetics and the Higgs

U3A members and other members of the public join us at the Ri for an afternoon of talks

Sculptures in Galleta Meadows Estates in Borrego Springs, California
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Event description

The University of the Third Age once again teams up with the Ri for an afternoon of fascinating science talks. Palaeontologist David Hone will explore how dinosaurs behaved, biologist Nessa Carey will look at the fascinating world of epigentics and physicist Jon Butterworth will tell the story of the discovery of the Higgs boson.

About the speakers

David Hone is a palaeontologist and writer. His research focuses on the behaviour and ecology of the dinosaurs and their flying relatives, the pterosaurs. He writes about palaeontology and science outreach online through his own blog and on The Guardian.

Nessa Carey is a geneticist and author of The Epigenetics Revolution. She has a degree in Immunology, PhD in Virology, was a post-doctoral researcher in Human Genetics, and a senior lecturer at Imperial College London in Molecular Biology.  She's also spent 10 years in the biotechnology industry and now works in the pharmaceutical sector.

Jon Butterworth is a professor of physics at University College London. He is a member of the High Energy Physics group on the Atlas experiment at Cern's Large Hadron Collider and also manages to write regularly in The Guardian, as well as taking part in other science communication. 

18 and 19 August holiday workshops cancelled

Due to planned transport strikes, all holiday workshops on Thursday 18 and Friday 19 August are cancelled.