To mark the opening of the Milner Centre for Evolution, the University will host a two day academic conference, starting with a welcome reception in the Roman Baths at 7pm on Tuesday 18 September.

The conference will provide a forum for researchers from all aspects of evolutionary biology to consider the current state of evolutionary science and where the field is going. World-leading speakers will address the future challenges facing the field. To conclude there will be a roundtable discussion chaired by science writer and New York Times columnist, Carl Zimmer. Carl will also be doing a book signing on Wednesday 19 September at 4.30pm in the Milner Centre.

Staff are encouraged to register to attend the conference as soon as possible before the closing date of Friday 17 August.

Conference delegates, during the registration process, will be invited to attend a public lecture by Professor Alice Roberts at 6.30pm on Friday 21 September.

Alice is a biological anthropologist, author and broadcaster. She’s interested in the evolution, structure and function of humans, and our place in the wider environment. She has presented a wide range of biology and archaeology programmes on television and written nine popular science books including her latest - Tamed: Ten species that changed our world which she will talk about during her lecture.

Staff will be able to register separately for the Alice Roberts lecture if they are not attending the academic conference. Look out for a further article with more details about the public lecture and information about how non-conference attendees can register.

The Milner Centre for Evolution will be a unique multidisciplinary international research Centre bridging biology, health and education. The scientists aim to answer fundamental questions about evolution through innovative and high-quality research. Part of our Department of Biology & Biochemistry, the Centre is named after Bath alumnus, Dr Jonathan Milner, who donated £5.6 million towards establishing the Centre. The building, which is on the south side of the campus near the lake, includes offices, laboratories and a seminar room.

Please contact Katie Ward (01225 383135) if you would like any further information.