Sir Paul Nurse

Sir Paul Nurse: "Scientific evidence must be listened to with respect"

Sir Paul Nurse

Sir Paul Nurse delighted his large audience with a passionate defence of science as a revolutionary force that can transform our lives, when he delivered this year’s Royal Television Society and Institution of Engineering and Technology Joint Public Lecture at the British Museum.

In a wide-ranging speech, the Nobel Prize-winning geneticist discussed the approach to science in the media, government and education. And – in advance of the EU referendum – gave strong backing from the scientific community for staying in Europe.

Sir Paul Nurse: Event Report

Sir Paul Nurse

The Nobel Prize-winning geneticist, who was delivering this year’s Royal Television Society/Institution of Engineering and Technology public lecture, argued that the mass media, including television, has to be “highly responsible” in its reporting.

“The [media] needs to avoid sensationalism, to be careful about so-called balance when certain opinions have little evidential support or are potentially highly flawed, to avoid mystification and properly explain what can be difficult topics,” he said.

RTS/IET Public Lecture with Sir Paul Nurse

This lecture will examine the ways in which science is changing the world and how the world needs to respond to these changes. Sir Paul will explain how scientific knowledge has brought about revolutions in the ways that we live and in the technologies that support society.

The lecture will be chaired by Tim Davie, CEO of BBC Worldwide. Fujitsu are sponsoring the arrival drinks and reception.

All tickets to this Public Lecture cost £10. BOOK HERE.