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21st September 2015, 12:34pm
Chris Packham to be first Great Minds guest speaker of new season
Chris Packham. Copyright University of Lincoln/ Electric Egg Naturalist and television presenter Chris Packham will deliver the first lecture in the new season of the University of Lincoln’s Great Minds free public lecture series later this month.

Bookings are now open for the event, which will take place at the Engine Shed on the University’s Main Brayford Pool Campus on Wednesday 30th September 2015, starting at 2pm. Admission is free but booking is essential. Priority will be given to parties from UK schools and colleges.

Chris Packham is one of Britain’s best-known conservationists, recognised as one of the presenters of the BBC’s Springwatch series and with a broadcasting career spanning almost 30 years in which he has presented popular and award-winning wildlife programmes including The Really Wild Show, Autumnwatch and Secrets of our Living Planet. His latest series, The World’s Weirdest Events, is currently running on BBC Two.

Now a Visiting Professor at the University of Lincoln, Chris was special guest at the official opening of the institution’s new science facility, the Joseph Banks Laboratories, earlier this year.

His public talk on 30th September, on the variety of living organisms, their environment and natural selection, will be will be his second appearance in the Great Minds series. He is the first of ten high-profile guest speakers lined up for the 2015/16 programme.

Elly Sample, Director of Communications, Development & Marketing, at the University of Lincoln, said: "We’re delighted to welcome Chris back to the University for his second Great Minds talk and the first of our new season for 2015/16. As Visiting Professor, Chris shares his knowledge of and passion for wildlife with students and we are pleased to be able to offer schools groups and members of the public the opportunity to hear from such a prominent voice on current issues in conservation."

The Great Minds series aims to provide young people with inspirational insights into different aspects of society – from the entertainment world to elite sport. Previous speakers have included the Olympian and broadcaster Steve Cram, the scientist Baroness Susan Greenfield and leader of the Red Arrows, “Red 1” Squadron Leader David Montenegro.

Forthcoming speakers in 2015/16 include TV presenter and tech guru Jason Bradbury; Speaker of the House of Commons the Right Honourable John Bercow MP; and crime writer Ann Cleeves, among others.

Chris Packham said: “I’m looking forward to being back in Lincoln and sharing my passion for the natural world with both University students and schoolchildren who may be learning about the natural environment.

“At school I was fascinated by all creatures and the environments they live in, and I hope that I can inspire today’s young generation to take not just an interest, but an active role in our planet’s future.”

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