Dr Lauren Gardiner, Curator of the Cambridge University Herbarium, Department of Plant Sciences
Science on Sundays is a programme of free, informal, monthly science talks, bringing the latest discoveries in plant science, as well as research linked to the plant collection at CUBG, to our visitors in a 30 minute nutshell.
‘We are destroying the book of life before reading it’ Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal. Knowing what species exist in the first place is an essential step in conservation – but the natural world is remarkably poorly studied, even though we know humans are causing an unprecedented extinction crisis. Yet much of this book has already been written and is documented in the many millions of specimens tucked away in museums and herbaria around the world. Cambridge’s University Herbarium contains a staggering 1.1M specimens alone.
Come and find out how we are starting to mobilise the information in these records and making them available to the rest of the world.
Science on Sundays
A programme of free, informal, monthly science talks bringing the latest discoveries in plant science, as well as research linked to the plant collection at CUBG to our visitors in a 30 minute nutshell.
Normally, these talks take place in the Garden on the second Sunday of the month as a drop in session. However, as access to the Garden classroom is still restricted this year due to COVID-19, we will be running these talks as online webinars until such time as we can open the classroom to visitors again.
Please check the website and social media for updates.
Suitable for adults and children aged 12+
Talks run monthly March to August
14 March – Prof David Coomes, Department of Plant Sciences – Planting trees to save the planet: greenwashing or golden opportunity?
11 April- Dr Johannes Kromdijk, Department of Plant Sciences – How has evolution fine-tuned the C4 photosynthetic turbo-charger?
9 May- Dr Chris Whitewoods, Sainsbury Laboratory, University of Cambridge – From simple beginnings—understanding the origin of carnivorous plant traps
13 June- Dr Alejandra Guerrero, Department of Plant Sciences – Using Biotechnology to obtain plant pigments without plants
8 August – Dr Julia Mackenzie, Anglia Ruskin University – Raising a brood in the Botanic Garden: The trials and tribulations of blue tits and great tits