On 10 October 2017, 231 students from across Lincolnshire attended this year’s Sir Isaac Newton Lecture at RAF Cranwell, an event run in partnership with The EBP, the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, the Institute of Engineering and Technology and the Royal Aeronautical Society.
Science writer and broadcaster, Dr Adam Rutherford, who has a PhD in genetics and a degree in evolutionary biology spoke to students about DNA, genetics and how the genes within our DNA can tell us about human history and how we’ve evolved.
The annual lecture is designed to provide students aged 14-16 with an insight into science, technology, engineering and maths, to inspire and broaden awareness of the many varied and exciting careers available within these fields.
Speaking after the event, Adam said: “To deliver a lecture to a packed crowd of school pupils to look at some really important and challenging subjects like maths, genetics and history is wonderful. They were really engaged throughout and I hope they take away some valuable information back to their schools.”
“It was brilliant, really interesting. It’s not every day you get to learn about family trees and genetics, I think everyone should research it”, said Harriet from University Academy Holbeach.
Sue Keen, a maths teacher from Caistor Yarborough Academy said, “Fabulous lecture as always, pitched just right for the audience.”
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