A celebration of Spanish science and the Royal Society

23 April 2013

The Prince of Asturias Foundation and the Royal Society join this week to celebrate the relationship between Spanish science and the Royal Society over the centuries.

The Royal Society is hosting a series of events organised by both institutions collaboratively. The programme of activities will mark the opening of an exhibition: ‘Transactions. Spain in the History of the Royal Society’, originally held in Oviedo in 2011 on the occasion of the Prince of Asturias Awards Ceremony, where the Royal Society was granted the Prince of Asturias Award for Communication and Humanities.

The exhibition, which opens tomorrow (24th April), is made up of over a hundred objects illustrating scientific relations between the Royal Society and Spain.

Three public seminars will honour the occasion and will feature Spanish and British researchers who have received the Prince of Asturias Award or are Fellows of the Royal Society. The first, entitled ‘How do cells know when to stop proliferating?’ will take place this evening and features Professor Ginés Morata and Professor Peter Lawrence FRS. Their lecture will explore the developmental processes in Drosophila (fruit flies). Drosophila research has provided considerable insight into a range of biological processes from development to behaviour including cell proliferation, cell polarity, growth, regeneration, tumour formation and cancer.

The second takes place tomorrow evening and is entitled ‘Interfaces between science and society, particles and light.’ For this event we welcome physicists Professor Pedro Miguel Echenique and Sir John Pendry FRS, along with Dr Philip Campbell, the Editor-in-Chief of the science journal Nature, to discuss their perspectives on the interfaces between science and society.

The third and final public lecture of the series takes place on Friday. Here, Dr Valentín Fuster, a world-renowned cardiologist will be talking about the future of cardiovascular medicine and treatment.

Each lecture is free to attend and open to all, please visit the respective event webpages for more information.

How do cells know when to stop proliferating?

6:30 pm – 7:30 pm on Tuesday 23 April 2013

at The Royal Society, London


Interfaces between science and society, particles and light

6:30 pm – 7:30 pm on Wednesday 24 April 2013

at The Royal Society, London


The heart: The future of cardiovascular medicine and treatment

10:30 am – 11:30 am on Friday 26 April 2013

at The Royal Society, London


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