Discovery Gallery – Drugs from the Deep

Discovery Gallery – Drugs from the Deep

Marine exploration will come under the spotlight at Discovery Gallery, the popular series launched by the University of Aberdeen and Aberdeen Art Gallery.

The University of Aberdeen’s Professor Marcel Jaspars, Director of Marine Biodiversity Centre, will give a talk on Thursday August 11 on the sustainable use of marine organisms for the discovery of new pharmaceuticals and other products.

The talk, held at Aberdeen Art Gallery at 7pm, will form the last in the current Discovery Gallery series where the University’s experts have taken inspiration from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition.

Professor Jaspars said "Although many medicines are derived from nature, our oceans remain relatively under-exploited despite covering 70% of the planet. Professor Jaspars will discuss current understanding of the marine environment and how it improves our ability to discover novel pharmaceuticals.

Dr Ken Skeldon, Head of Public Engagement with Science at the University of Aberdeen said “The Discovery Gallery series is inspired by a major exhibition at the Gallery and brings the public face to face with experts in a range of related areas. Audience feedback has been fantastic and we hope this series will become an annual event for the Gallery and the University to collaborate on.”

Attendees can enjoy a glass of wine and the view the photography exhibition before Professor Jaspars' talk which will include plenty time for audience discussion.

Admission for the event is £4 (£3) including refreshments. Booking essential and tickets can be booked in person at the Art Gallery Shop or by calling 01224 523695. You can pay by card over the phone, or by card or cash in person. Concessionary rates (£3) are available for Friends of Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums, benefits claimants, over 60s and students in full-time education.