21 March 2010

Norwich or bust: talking Beagle to kids for National Science and Engineering Week

I'll be at the John Innes Centre in Norwich tomorrow for The Voyage of the Beagle, a 'day devoted to Charles Darwin's journey on the Beagle to include exhibitions, display, talks and hands on activities', part of British Association's National Science and Engineering Week.

I'm looking forward to sharing the adventures of a young Charles Darwin aboard HMS Beagle, and our plans to rebuild the Beagle for future young scientists, with around 500 British schoolchildren and members of the public. A beautiful and detailed model of HMS Beagle, commissioned by Simon Keynes and familiar to those who visited the Darwin exhibition at the Natural History Museum last year, will be on display, as will posters, leaflets and video clips about the Beagle Project.

Much kudos to Colette Matthewman, a final year PhD student researching sulphur metabolism in plants at the John Innes Centre, who put the day together and got it funded through an RCUK National Science and Engineering Week Award!

3 comments:

Bob O'H said...

Oh, I did my PhD at the JIC. If you meet Phil Smith or James Brown, say hi to them from me.

Pet Lover said...

In searching for information about Beagles, I came upon your blogspot.. being an avid reader I enjoyed learning about the HMS Beagle and the Beagle Project. Many kudos to Karen James for sharing information with future young scientists. I wonder how many of the young girls who've heard her speak own Beagle puppies and relate to the scientific project because of their love for their Beagle dogs and perhaps own a Beagle purse that looks like their beloved pet...

GrrlScientist said...

oh cool! i love beetles, too! i also love the beatles music ... oh wait. we were talking about beagles? never mind.