BHA Event: Darwin Day Lecture 2014 "How to make a human" Professor Alice Roberts

Please note the change to a larger venue (Logan Hall, Institute of Education)

PLEASE NOTE:  IF YOU WISH YOU ATTEND YOU WILL NEED TO PURCHASE A TICKET VIA THE BHA WEBSITE: https://humanism.org.uk/events/?page=CiviCRM&q=civicrm/event/info&reset=1&id=41

We are proud to promote this year's exciting BHA Darwin Day Lecture.  Information from the BHA website states:

How to make a human: Embryological and evolutionary development of a human, Presented by Professor Alice Roberts and chaired by Professor Richard Dawkins

It’s the closest we ever come, as humans, to a transformation as profound as that from a caterpillar into a butterfly. In the first two months of our existence, each of us changed from a single egg to a flat disc, to a hollow tube, to a little creature with stumpy arms and legs, to something that looked recognisably human. And in the course of that embryological development, there were echoes of earlier stages of evolution, harking back to very ancient ancestors - ancestors we share with insects, fish, amphibians and reptiles.

Date: Wednesday 12 February 2014
Timings: 7:00pm for a 7:30pm start -9:00pm

About Alice Roberts:
​Alice Roberts is a clinical anatomist and Professor of Public Engagement in Science at the University of Birmingham. She has presented a range of programmes on BBC2 including Coast, Wild Swimming, The Incredible Human Journey, Origins of Us, and Prehistoric Autopsy. She is also to be heard on Radio 4. She has authored four popular science books about anatomy and human evolution, and writes a regular science column for the Observer. www.alice-roberts.co.uk.


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  • Colin D.

    Can I pay on the door on the day ?

    Ps - Can I be an Alice Roberts Groupie ?

    January 4, 2014

    • Mary G.

      Hi Colin - I suspect tickets will sell very quickly and so there may be none left to buy at the door. But that said, Central London Humanists have no involvement with ticket purchase. It's a BHA event so you'll need to check with them, as I mentioned in the information above. Best of luck, Mary

      January 4, 2014

    • Colin D.

      Thanks for that, Mary - saw it too late, alas.

      February 17, 2014

  • Colin D.

    Thanks to Mary Grove for her advice re getting a ticket.

    February 17, 2014

  • Colin D.

    I'd like to know if Prof Alice's lecture is going to be posted on youtube ? In which case I'd watch it online.

    February 17, 2014

  • Mary G.

    Fantastic!

    February 12, 2014

  • stells d.

    Alice Roberts has just become my new personal hero. Such a great lecture.

    February 12, 2014

  • Pin-Nee

    I too have a spare ticket if anyone is interested. let me know if you wish to take it up

    February 12, 2014

  • Martin

    I have a spare ticket for tonight; the BHA said it was ok for someone else to use it. First to respond here gets it. I can meet you there...

    February 12, 2014

  • Alan

    Is there going to be a meeting point before or after the talk for CLH?

    February 11, 2014

    • Steve C.

      Hi Alan, along with a few others, I am going to be helping with marshalling the disruptive humanist crowd beforehand, but would be happy to join in a bit of socialising afterwards. Can someone find a suitable pub and post the details here. Thanks

      February 12, 2014

    • Alan

      thanks Steve, I now can't make it as mu mum is being discharged from hospital this afternoon - see my message re someone taking my place

      February 12, 2014

  • Alan

    Ticket available: I can't make it and have contacted BHA who say someone can take up my place. You need to tell them on the door my name (Alan Hardy); there is no physical ticket. It's a concession ticket for £10 so I don't know how that will pan out, but it's already paid for. But don't all rush up there - just one of you! I don't know how you'll sort out who's going, I suggest you ring BHA on[masked] to sort it out. Good luck!

    February 12, 2014

  • Will C.

    Hi I have a ticket but can no longer attend as I forgot I'd promised to go to another event with a friend. Was really looking forward to it. So room for one more!

    February 11, 2014

    • Will C.

      I let them know centrally at BHA, so I'm afraid they will reallocate from there. It wasn't a physical ticket but more an email / name on the door type situation so it I assumed it wasn't really possible to pass on, and I knew it was sold out so thought it was fairest to hand it back in cAse there was a waiting list

      February 12, 2014

    • Gabriela T.

      Thank you anyway! :-)

      February 12, 2014

  • Alan

    wot no answer?

    February 12, 2014

  • Hoogendoorn W.

    to late , sold out, I am on the waiting list

    February 9, 2014

    • Veronique

      See above, there's a spare ticket.

      February 11, 2014

  • Jim

    Very sorry I can't be there for what should be a great talk. I'll be in Brussels visiting my new granddaughter for the first time!

    February 6, 2014

  • David G.

    I wish I could be there but unfortunately I'll be in Sri Lanka meeting some of my simian relations. Luckily my dad told me how human beings are made when I was 12 but there may be more that I could learn. Will the talk go on YouTube?

    February 5, 2014

  • Steve C.

    Lewis Wolpert has written extensively about embryology and gastrulation, (see below), although he is not a photogenic as Dr Roberts. We need to keep seeing this to understand how amazing our transformation from bastula, through reptilian, ......, then mamalian,....... Gastrulation

    "It is not birth, marriage, or death, but gastrulation, which is truly the most important time in your life."
    Lewis Wolpert (1986)

    During gastrulation, cell movements result in a massive reorganization of the embryo from a simple spherical ball of cells, the blastula, into a multi-layered organism. During gastrulation, many of the cells at or near the surface of the embryo move to a new, more interior location.

    January 17, 2014

    • Steve C.

      Sorry should be blastula

      January 17, 2014

  • Jodie

    Amazing I love professor Roberts

    January 5, 2014

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