Leading scientist to discuss future of mankind at Sunderland talk

Professor Lord Robert Winston pictured at The New Sunderland University Science Complex

Professor Lord Robert Winston pictured at The New Sunderland University Science Complex

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ONE of the most important figures in the field of scientific discovery in the UK is coming to Sunderland to discuss the future of humankind.

Professor Lord Robert Winston will give a free public lecture on April 18, covering “virtually every idea” humankind has had and what it could mean for the future.

Professor Winston will look at how ideas from farming to writing and medicine have made the human race more vulnerable.

He will also look at these “bad ideas” and examine how they could give cause for concern, but also optimism, for our future.

The talk will trace the huge benefits science has brought to the world but also the unforeseen consequences.

Professor Winston will share quirky anecdotes, celebrate man’s capacity for achievement and offer a hopeful way forward to protect humanity against what sometimes seem like very bad ideas.

He is famed for his research leading to the development of gynaecological microsurgery.

His work in endocrinology and IVF has enabled families with gene defects to have children free of fatal illness.

Professor Winson was also chairman of the Lords Select Committee on Science and technology, and vice-chairman of the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology.

The scientist hosts science programmes for the BBC, Discovery and ABC, and he has also published 14 popular science books.

Prof Winston’s talk will be followed by a signing of his book, Bad Ideas: An Arresting History of our Inventions.

Sunderland University’s public lecture series will continue throughout 2013 with a who’s who of celebrated national figures.

They include children’s writer Terry Deary and BBC historian Michael Wood.

The lectures, which are free to the general public, aim to inform and stimulate debate, as well as entertain.

Prof Winston will speak in the Murray Library Lecture Theatre, Chester Road.

Guests are asked to arrive at 6pm for a 6.30pm start.