Top scientist and Nobel Prize winner to give lecture at Brookes

Monday, 17 October 2016

Sir Paul Nurse

One of the world’s leading scientists, Sir Paul Nurse, will be giving an open lecture at Oxford Brookes University on Wednesday (19 October).

Sir Paul Nurse FRS is a geneticist and cell biologist whose discoveries have helped to explain how the cell controls its cycle of growth and division.  

In 1999 his contributions to cell biology and cancer research were recognised with a knighthood; and in 2001 his endeavours relating to the discovery of cell cycle regulatory molecules saw him jointly awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine.

Sir Paul served as President of the Royal Society from 2010-2015 and is the Director of The Francis Crick Institute, Europe’s largest biomedical research centre, which opened in London last month. It is a partnership between Cancer Research UK, Imperial College London, King's College London (KCL), the Medical Research Council, University College London (UCL) and the Wellcome Trust.

I am looking forward to visiting Oxford Brookes again and to be delivering my lecture championing the importance of science.

Sir Paul Nurse

    Sir Paul is also an honorary graduate of Oxford Brookes.  

    Sir Paul Nurse said: "I am looking forward to visiting Oxford Brookes again and to be delivering my lecture championing the importance of science. Science matters to us all. It enhances our culture and civilisation, improves our health and quality of life, helps solve the world’s biggest problems, and supports sustainability.  

    “It influences nearly everything we do and is absolutely essential to drive economies. In this lecture I will talk about the need to ensure science is promoted and that there is good engagement between science and society."  

    Vice-Chancellor of Oxford Brookes, Professor Alistair Fitt who will be introducing Sir Paul’s lecture said: “Science is a topic that Sir Paul is incredibly passionate about, and he is particularly keen that society engages with, and benefits from, scientific discovery and research. This is something we at Oxford Brookes are also committed to championing, ensuring that our students, staff, local community, and indeed the wider world, understand the value and impact of research.  

    “We are proud to count Sir Paul among our inspirational honorary graduates and I am very much looking forward to his lecture.”

    Sir Paul’s lecture, entitled ‘The new enlightenment’ will take place at 6.00pm on Wednesday 19 October in the John Henry Brookes Lecture Theatre, Headington Campus.

    This lecture is the annual research lecture for the University’s Faculty of Health and Life Sciences.  

    It is just one of an impressive selection of free Open Lectures the University is hosting once more for staff, students and the local community to enjoy. Taking place throughout 2016/17, guest speakers, many of whom are pioneers in their field, will provide insight, comment and debate on a variety of topical issues.

    Image courtesy of the BBC.