By Tim Smit, Chief Executive and co-founder of the Eden Project, Cornwall
Eden began as a dream in 1995 and opened its doors to the public in 2000. The press dubbed it "the Eighth Wonder of the World" but this pioneering scientific foundation is more than a catchphrase. To date more than 5 million people have walked through its gateway to see what was once a sterile, derelict pit turned into a cradle of life through the application of new technologies. It has won more awards than you can shake a stick at, but what it is actually most proud of is that it is changing people's perception of the potential for the application of science as well as living up to its mission to play a massive part in local regeneration. In this lecture Tim will talk about how this incredible project came about and his plans for its future as a place where science, technoology and the arts come together in an astounding, entertaining and educational experience.