Talk marks Darwin’s birthday

A University event will celebrate Charles Darwin’s birthday, marking his contribution to science and links to Edinburgh.

The inaugural Charles Darwin Birthday Lecture will be given by Professor Brian Charlesworth, Head of the University’s Institute of Evolutionary Biology at the School of Biological Sciences.

In his talk, Professor Charlesworth will discuss genetics and Darwinian evolution.

He will highlight where Darwin went wrong on genetics, and explain how our modern understanding of genetics strengthens Darwin’s theory of natural selection.


The birthday lecture, which is to be an annual event, has been established following the University’s Darwin celebrations in 2009.

These marked the bicentenary of Darwin’s birth and the 150-year anniversary of the publication of 'On the Origin of Species'.

The talk will take place at the Main Lecture Theatre, Michael Swann Building, King’s Buildings, at 5.15pm on Friday 12 February.

A drinks reception will be held afterwards in the Michael Swann Building foyer.

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Darwin connection

Darwin was a student at the University from 1825-1827, which were two of his most formative years.

During his time in the city, the young scholar was introduced to many people and ideas which would shape his thinking later in life.

The annual birthday lectures will pay tribute to Darwin’s continuing influence on research, at the University and beyond.

Event details

Charles Darwin Birthday Lecture 2010: Genetics and Darwinian Evolution

Friday 12 February 2010, 6.15pm

Friday 12 February 2010, 8.00pm

Michael Swann Building, King’s Buildings, Edinburgh, EH9 3JF

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Further information

For more information please contact Gail Linnett,

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