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3rd September 2015, 3:04pm
Top speakers announced for new Great Minds lecture season
Chris Packham The University of Lincoln has announced an exciting line-up of high-profile speakers for the 2015/16 season of its prestigious Great Minds series of free public guest lectures.

The bill includes one of the most recognisable British politicians of the modern era, an award-winning crime writer and one of the UK’s best-loved conservationists and TV presenters.

The first lecture in the new Great Minds season comes from Chris Packham, a Visiting Professor at the University of Lincoln, who returns to campus on 30th September 2015 to deliver his latest public lecture, which will discuss the variety of living organisms, their environment and natural selection.

Technology guru and presenter of Channel 5’s The Gadget Show Jason Bradbury, now a Visiting Lecturer at Lincoln, will be back on 7th October for a talk entitled ‘Back to Your Future’, examining advances in technology over the past 30 years. Speaker of the House of Commons, the Right Honourable John Bercow MP, will offer audiences his unique insights into Westminster politics in an event on 27th November.

Looking to 2016, the series will welcome Poet Laureate Dame Carol Ann Duffy; award-winning British crime writer Ann Cleeves; archaeologist Carenza Lewis; former Director-General of the National Trust, Dame Fiona Reynolds; ExoMars Rover mission spacecraft engineer Abbie Hutty; the art historian Andrew Graham-Dixon; and science broadcaster and presenter of the BBC’s Bang Goes the Theory, Dallas Campbell.

The University of Lincoln’s Great Minds series aims to provide opportunities for young people to hear inspiring stories from successful individuals from a variety of backgrounds, professions and specialisms. Past speakers have included the scientist and broadcaster Professor Lord Robert Winston, multi-award-winning actor Sir John Hurt and the barrister and human rights campaigner Baroness Helena Kennedy QC.

Elly Sample, Director of Communications, Development & Marketing at the University of Lincoln, said:  “We have enjoyed some wonderful speakers in our Great Minds series over recent years and we are very excited by the line-up for our 2015/16 season. The aim of these free public events is not simply to entertain, but also to educate and inspire – particularly for our younger audience members. Inspiration can come in many forms and it is the variety of different voices we bring to our Great Minds series that has made it such a success to date.”

Great Minds lectures are free to attend (though booking is essential) and take place throughout the academic year at venues on the University’s main Brayford Pool Campus. Places are limited and priority is given to school and college groups. For more information and booking details, visit:

Schools and colleges wishing to book places for larger groups can contact the University’s Events Office by phone on 01522 837100 or email

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