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Lewis Dartnell will be delivering the 2019-Parents’ Association Lecture, speaking about the origins and future of our planet. He will consider how much longer we can continue to exploit the world’s resources and the impact of such exploitation on humanity’s future.
His latest book, Origins: How the Earth Made Us is a Sunday Times bestseller, which takes the reader on a thrilling journey explaining the way in which geological forces drove human evolution in East Africa and even how mountainous terrain led to the development of democracy in Greece. Origins reveals the Earth's awesome impact on the shape of human civilisations.
Our audience can expect a fascinating lecture as Professor Dartnell weaves together the scientific disciplines of geology, geography, anthropology, physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy and history.
Lewis Dartnell graduated from Oxford University with a First Class degree in Biological Sciences and completed his PhD at University College London in 2007; his thesis has since been reprinted by academic publishers under the alluring title of Martian Death Rays. He now holds the Professorship in Science Communication at the University of Westminster.
His research is in the field of astrobiology and the search for microbial life on Mars. He has appeared on numerous TV programmes including Horizon, Wonders of the Universe, Stargazing Live and The Sky at Night. He has worked on several documentaries with Professor Brian Cox as well as acting as a scientific consultant and script-writer for a number of films.
Professor Dartnell regularly writes for newspapers and magazines and has to date published four books. The Knowledge, like Origins, was also a Sunday Times bestseller.
Entrance to the site is via the KES gates on Edgbaston Park Road. To access the site for parking you will require a gate code, this will be printed on the parking permits available to book with your ticket. Please see link above.
Parking is available along the main drive in the bays provided.
Should you have mobility issues, please contact the Box Office to book seats. Parking for the accessible route in to the Performing Arts Centre is available by entering the site from the Bristol Road, down Park Vale Drive, B5 7SP. Disabled parking is available at the rear of the Centre, and access is through the rear doors and via lift to the auditorium and foyer.