Science journalist set to enthuse school pupils

Science journalist set to enthuse school pupils

More than 150 pupils from six Aberdeen secondary schools are today descending on the University of Aberdeen for a talk by one of science’s greatest enthusiasts.

Science journalist Quentin Cooper – who has been described as an expert on everything from pop music to astrophysics – is delivering the University’s annual Christmas lecture to the S5/S6 biology pupils.

Geeks, Freaks and Eggheads – Why Scientists Always Look The Sameis the name of the talk that will discuss the image of scientists and how, despite all the changes brought about by science in the last half century, our view of scientists remains remarkably fixed.

Best known for presenting BBC Radio 4’s science show The Material World, Quentin has also presented, produced and been a contributor on countless other science, arts and entertainment programmes on tv and radio.

A film critic in his spare time, Quentin also hosts conferences, chairs panels, facilitates debates, gives talks and runs science communication and media skills workshops.  

Dr Neil Vargesson, lecturer in developmental biology at the University of Aberdeen, organised today’s event.

He said: “We are all delighted that Quentin Cooper agreed to give this year’s annual Christmas lecture. I am sure he will inspire and enthuse the pupils and maybe even persuade them to consider science as a career.”

The talk is taking place in the Auditorium in the University’s Polwarth building at 1.30pm.

Pupils are attending from the city’s Albyn School; Harlaw, Hazlehead, Northfield and St Machar Academies and St Margaret’s School for Girls.