Ancestor’s Trail, in association with Entangled Bank, presents

Professor Richard Dawkins

Saturday 24th August 2013

Wills Memorial Building, Queen’s Road, Clifton, Bristol BS8 1RJ

Professor Richard Dawkins | Wills Memorial Building | Bristol University


The acclaimed evolutionary biologist, best-selling author and Fellow of the Royal Society, Professor Richard Dawkins, will be speaking at the Wills Memorial Building in Bristol on Saturday 24th August 2013. Richard will present a talk enigmatically entitled ‘Give the under surface to Mr Wallace, but yield the upper surface to Mr Darwin.’ Trust us, all will become clear!

There will be time to ask Professor Dawkins questions after the talk.

The whole-day event includes other prominent scientists, and also uber-geek musician and physicist Jonny Berliner who will entertain us with a small collection of science songs, and Theatr na nÓg who will present a short play You Should Ask Wallace.

All profits will go to the Alfred Russel Wallace Memorial Fund to finance a major bronze statue of Wallace. The statue to be unveiled by Sir David Attenborough at the Natural History Museum on 7 November 2013, the exact centenary of Wallace’s death.

Tickets – Available from £30

Tickets start at £30, and doors will open at 10:00.

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Full Programme

(Under review, there may be minor changes)

10:00 Doors open
10:45 Chris Jenord, Director of the Ancestor’s Trail
11:00 Dr Peter Raby | Wills Memorial Building | Bristol University Dr Peter Raby, Emeritus Fellow at Homerton College Cambridge and author of ‘Alfred Russel Wallace: A Life’, describes Wallace’s contributions to evolutionary biology in his talk entitled ‘Wallace the Nomad’.
12:00 Dr Jon Copley | Wills Memorial Building | Bristol University Dr Jon Copley, senior lecturer in marine ecology at The University of Southampton, will share his latest research on deep-sea hydro-thermal vents, and the extraordinary creatures found there. ‘No longer in the dark: exploring islands of life on the ocean floor’.
13:00 Lunch
Own arrangements
14:15 Theatr na nÓg | Wills Memorial Building | Bristol University Fresh from the Edinburgh festival, the acclaimed thespian group, Theatr na nÓg, will perform part of their one-man accolade to Wallace. ‘You Should Ask Wallace’.
14:30 Dr Mark Thomas | Wills Memorial Building | Bristol University Dr Mark Thomas, Professor of Evolutionary Genetics at University College London, speaks about current research into our biological heritage, in his talk entitled ‘The Evolutionary History of Homo sapiens’.
15:30 Andrew Copson | Wills Memorial Building | Bristol University Andrew Copson, CEO of The British Humanist Association, provides a Secular Humanist’s perspective to the day’s proceedings.
15:45 Jonny Berliner | Wills Memorial Building | Bristol University Jonny Berliner presents: Science songs. Back by popular demand, the extraordinary singing physicist returns to share a few of his witty musical deliberations.
15:55 Tea/coffee break
16:20 Professor Richard Dawkins | Wills Memorial Building | Bristol University Dr Richard Dawkins, Emeritus Professor of New College Oxford, acclaimed evolutionary biologist and best-selling author, returns to the Ancestor’s Trail to debut a brand-new talk, enigmatically entitled, ‘Give the under surface to Mr Wallace, but yield the upper surface to Mr Darwin’.
17:20 Questions
18:00 Bristol event ends


The day is part of the annual Ancestor’s Trail – a walking event celebrating our place in the tree of life situated 60 miles south of Bristol. Participants of this event are invited to join us on the Trail the next day. Accommodation and coach transport are available.

Ancestor's Trail 2013.