07 January 2013

Brian Cox to deliver free IChemE lecture

Brian Cox John, 7th John Collier Lecture 2013, IChemE

One of the UK’s most famous faces in science, Brian Cox will be discussing the value of scientific exploration at a free IChemE event in London next month.

Cox, perhaps best known for fronting the award-winning Wonders of the Solar System and the Wonders of the Universe television series’, will be presented with the IChemE John Collier Medal in recognition of his work to promote science to the public on 26 February at Savoy Place. He is the youngest ever recipient of the IChemE medal.

IChemE CEO David Brown says that Cox has helped to inspire a new generation of scientists and engineers; “He’s quickly become one of the UK’s most recognisable figures in science communication and anything that gets more people interested in science and engineering is a good thing. Collier was an advocate for making complex engineering and science accessible to a wider audience which makes Brian the ideal choice for this prize.”

The John Collier medal is awarded to scientists and engineers in recognition of efforts to improve public understanding of science and technology. Collier is a former IChemE president and the prize was first awarded in 1997 following his death in 1995. Past recipients include Gaia theorist James Lovelock and former BP leader Lord Browne of Madingley. 

“We want this event to help inspire even more young people to consider a career in science and engineering and we’ll be reserving at least 100 seats at the event for local students,” adds Brown.

Registrations for this free event, which starts at 18:00 are now being accepted via the John Collier event page.

The event is sponsored by EDF Energy

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