22 March 2017
Professor Alice Roberts came to talk to the girls about her book The Incredible Human Journey, which she had written while she was pregnant with her second child – she explained to the girls that her children had been a big inspiration for her book.
The girls had supper before the lecture with Professor Roberts and gained a further insight into her more complex research about the human anatomy and the evolution of Homo sapiens. During the lecture itself, she spoke about embryonic development in the first eight weeks after conception. She was able to make the audience understand very complex concepts with her energetic and enthusiastic presentation. Her passion for the subject shone through, making the lecture enjoyable and accessible for a wide variety of age groups. At the end of her lecture, Professor Roberts presented prizes to the winners of St Mary’s Calne’s Scientific Poetry Competition.
Other events at St Mary’s Calne during British Science Week included: a lecture for 140 children from local primary schools on The Taste of Chemistry; an evening of Astronomy with Paul Hill, ESA Astronomer; ‘Brain Day’ run by neuroscientist Dr Guy Sutton (the Director and Founder of Medical Biology Interactive and an Honorary Consultant Assistant Professor at the University of Nottingham Medical School); a dinner with some engineers from Dyson; workshops exploring the interface of science and art through photography and our second annual ‘Great Biology (Science) Bake Off’, judged by our resident ‘Mary’ and ‘Paul’. Over the week, the caterpillars on our webcam for ‘Metamorphosis Live’ were busy too and turned into chrysalises.
Over the course of the week, over 700 people in the St Mary’s, St Margaret’s and the wider Calne community were involved in an event at the school. The Science Team would like to thank everyone involved and are already busily planning for British Science Week 2018!