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25 March 2010
Dr Rhys Jones, BBC Wales TV personality, reptile specialist, and graduate from the University’s School of Biosciences will be introducing audiences to the fascinating world of parasitology as part of a special Public Understanding of Science Lecture.
The home-grown talent, who has featured on Iolo’s Welsh Safari and Not in My Nature, will be offering a humorous light hearted account of his research career and how this has led him to working on parasites. In particular he will be providing unique insights into the challenges of obtaining parasite samples from wild animals, which will be featured in his new BBC series, Rhys to the Rescue.
Marking the opening of the three-day Spring Meeting of the British Society for Parasitology, and the Trypanosomiasis and Leishmaniasis Seminar 2010, Rhys’ lecture will be followed by a talk from Dr Mark Booth, an epidemiologist at Durham University and an experienced public science speaker. Drawing on his time as author and blogger of The Wonderful World of Joseph McCrumble, through which he provides an account of a fictional celebrity scientist and his expertise in the exciting field of parasitology, Dr Booth will describe the trials and tribulations of science communication.
Dr Jo Cable, Reader in Parasitology at the Cardiff School of Biosciences, said: "Parasitology as a discipline has wide and important applications to human and veterinary medicine, agriculture, fisheries, nutrition, biodiversity and development. This year we are able to add an extra dimension by having the Public Understanding of Science Lecture, which we hope will encourage as many other people as possible to join us in the opening event of this important Meeting.
"This is the first time in over 40 years that the Meeting has been held in Cardiff and we are delighted to be welcoming 450 or so delegates to the University from across the world; among them will be some of the most well-known scientists in the fields of parasitology and infectious diseases."
During the British Society for Parasitology Spring Meeting, in addition to the usual Malaria sessions and the biennial Trypanosomiasis & Leishmaniasis Seminar, there will be a special focus on ecological and evolutionary parasitology. Topics will cover such areas as wildlife disease, veterinary parasitology, impact of parasites on host behaviour and co-infection biology. Professor Sir Roy Anderson FRS, Chair in Infectious Disease Epidemiology at Imperial College, London, will be the plenary speaker, and this year’s Wright Medalist is Professor Mark Field, Professor of Cell Biology and Parasitology at the Department of Pathology, University of Cambridge.
The Public Understanding of Science lecture takes place on Monday 29 March in the Large Shandon Lecture Theatre, Main Building, Cardiff University from 8pm. To book a place at this free event email: firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the British Society of Parasitology Spring Meeting visit: www.bsp.uk.net
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