Brookes hosts lecture for the Oxford Festival of Nature

Tuesday, 07 June 2016

Butterfly

Oxford Brookes is taking part in this years’ Oxford Festival of Nature (1-14 June).

In its third year, the festival is run by the Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT), in partnership with Oxford City Council and the Oxford University Museum of Natural History.

It aims to highlight the many ways in which people can discover more about the wildlife in and around the city, and see for themselves how nature makes a big difference to where we live.

One of the many wondrous aspects of embryonic development is the fact that all the bits and bobs get formed in the right place. But how is this regulated? How does a little clump of cells, for example, ‘know’ where to form a head? For many centuries scientists have tried to solve this puzzle.

Dr Casper Breuker, Senior Lecturer in Biology, Oxford Brookes University

One of the closing events of the festival on 14 June will be a talk for the public by Dr Casper Breuker, Senior Lecturer in Biology at Oxford Brookes, he said:

“One of the many wondrous aspects of embryonic development is the fact that all the bits and bobs get formed in the right place. But how is this regulated? How does a little clump of cells, for example, ‘know’ where to form a head? For many centuries scientists have tried to solve this puzzle.

“In my talk I will take the audience on a journey through the many discoveries made, from the chickens of Aristotle to the butterflies I work with.”

The lecture entitled ‘Where do babies come from?’ will be held at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History from 6.00pm-8.00pm on Tuesday 14 June. Tickets are on sale (£3 donation) and you can book online via the website www.oxfordfestivalofnature.org

Keep up with what’s happening during the festival on Twitter at #oxfestnature.  

Dr Casper Breuker is based in the  Department of Biological and Medical Sciences at Oxford Brookes. 

The Oxford Festival of Nature is one of a number of events taking place in Oxfordshire throughout June, which Oxford Brookes is involved in. Others include Low Carbon Oxford Week and Oxford Bike Week (11-19 June) and the Big Green Treasure Hunt where participants have to use a treasure map and clues to help them find the ‘Big Green Treasure Hunt’ posters at each of the 20 treasure locations around Oxford, two of which are at the University.