Stand up science is back, with a range of talks on collections and research. No need to book, just bring your sandwiches and settle in to some bite-size science sessions.
12 noon: Malaria - the most dangerous plant in the world, from Professor Chris Howe, Department of Biochemistry, Cambridge University
12.20pm: Artemisin - from Chinese herbal medicine to anti-malarial blockbuster drug, from Dr Gwenda Kyd, Science Writer and Editor
12.40pm: The shape that feeds us - how the shape of grass leaves is important to their success, from Devin O’Connor, Post Doctoral Research Assistant, Sainsbury Laboratory
13.30pm: Yucca from the National Collection holder of this spiky southern hemisphere genus, Colin Smith
13.50pm: Crocus from the National Collection holder of these beautiful spring flowers, Dr Roger Holland
14.10pm: Hyacinths from the National Collection holder, Alan Shipp, who cultivates fields and fields of these gorgeous, rich scented bulbs.
14.30pm: Tulips The Garden's Head of Horticulture, Sally Petitt, sprints through the history of Tulipmania and the basis of our National Collection of species tulips.
14.50pm: The How and Why of Flower Colour, from Professor Beverley Glover, Director of the Botanic Garden
15.10pm: The extraordinary colour of beetroot - how and why? from Dr Sam Brockington, Molecular Systematics and Evolution, Cambridge University Department of Plant Sciences.
All talks are ‘drop-in’, no booking required, and last approximately 15 minutes.