Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys started our 2010-11 Lecture Series with a riveting account of the “eureka moment“ and subsequent development of DNA fingerprinting, and its vital importance in forensic science. Sir Alec is an excellent, entertaining speaker who not only explained to us how the science works, and underlined the serious implications for criminal cases – he also pointed out that it was this technique which proved beyond doubt that Bill Clinton was implicated in the Monica Lewinsky case! And it is not just proving guilt which is so important – many people have been able to prove their innocence through the use of genetic fingerprinting. Sir Alec’s lecture was given under the banner of the “Francis Crick Lecture”, and we had excellent feedback from the audience of pupils, parents, staff and guests who were thrilled to have this first-hand account of a discovery which has such global importance.
The next two lectures in the series promise to be equally engrossing. On 16th November journalist Linda Polman will present her controversial view that Western aid can actually prolong the conflicts instead of helping victims, based on her 20+ years reporting from war zones including Rwanda, Afghanistan, Sudan and Iraq. And in contrast, on 24th November we’re delighted to welcome Secret Millionaire star Nick Leslau – one of Britain’s wealthiest property tycoons – who will take a candid look at successes and failure with the aim of identifying what it is that characterises a successful business.
We have more fascinating Lectures lined up in the New Year. Click here for details of the whole series, and how to book your place.