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Supper talk : ‘The Worldwide Web: nature’s spinners’ with George McGavin
Thursday July 6th, 6-8.15pm, £17 (incl. a glass of wine and Garden entry)
Silk is one of the most ubiquitous and remarkable biomaterials known. The evolution of these versatile structural proteins in arthropods contributed to their unparalleled success in terrestrial environments. Vast amounts of silk, used in home building, reproduction and prey capture, are made by insects and spiders each day. Humans discovered how to use silk thousands of years ago and today the tensile strength and toughness of some silks are making these ancient fibres very attractive to bioengineers.
George McGavin was born in Glasgow and educated at Daniel Stewart’s College in Edinburgh. He studied Zoology at Edinburgh University, followed by a PhD in entomology at Imperial College and the Natural History Museum in London. After 25 years as an academic at Oxford University he became a television presenter. George is an Honorary Research Associate of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History as well as a Fellow of the Linnean Society and the Royal Geographical Society and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology. His programme credits include Expedition Borneo, Lost Land of the Jaguar, Lost Land of the Volcano, Lost Land of the Tiger, The Dark: nature’s night-time world, Prehistoric Autopsy, Miniature Britain, Planet Ant, Ultimate Swarms, Dissected: the incredible human hand and foot, Monkey Planet, The Secret Life of your House (ITV) and the multi-award winning documentary After Life: the strange science of decay. His most recent programme The Oak: nature’s greatest survivor won a Royal Television Society Award.
Ticket price includes a glass of wine and Garden entry.
During the online booking process, you can also make a reservation for buffet supper at the award-winning Tangerine Dream Café before or after the talk (5.45pm or 8.30pm sitting) at an additional cost of £16.50 to be paid on the night of the talk. Buffet includes mixed salads, meat or vegetable dishes and a delicious dessert.
Please note that the talk will begin at 7pm
This event takes place in our lecture room up some stairs with no alternative access. We apologise if this causes any inconvenience.
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