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Once a year, the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour (SWC) will host the SWC Lecture. This annual public lecture is an opportunity to invite speakers who made outstanding contributions to neurobiology, neuroethology and behaviour – fields at the fringes of mainstream systems neuroscience. We seek to invite speakers from ethology, economics, psychiatry, theology, sociology and ethics to promote discussion on topics that inform and inspire us to understand real-world behaviour, perception and decision-taking and how this can impact science and society.
The SWC Lecture seeks to engage not only our academic peers but more importantly the wider public. Each year we will open our doors to visit our Centre, providing opportunities to witness first-hand how contemporary neuroscience is carried out. We are particularly interested in hosting the most inquisitive, bright minds of tomorrow and welcome enquires from secondary schools regarding potential attendance.
It is a pleasure to announce that the inaugural SWC Lecture will focus on the issue of aesthetic sensation in birds and will be delivered by the naturalist Sir David Attenborough. Since the 1950s Sir David has spent much of his life observing and describing in vivid detail the natural behaviours of animals and plants. He is considered the pioneer of documentary film making for television and a leading thinker about the state of our planet. It is an immense pleasure to have him give his own, first-hand account of behaviour of birds in the wild.
There are limited public tickets available. Due to anticipated demand we are operating a ballot system.
You need to register for the ballot by 11pm on Thursday 1 December.
Successful ticket winners will be notified on Monday 5 December. Only successful people will be notified.
Staff affiliated to UCL are not eligible to apply.
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