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How Humans are Altering Life on Earth: On-demand Recording

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An unique opportunity for anyone interested in evolution to learn directly from a renowned world expert

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On-demand Event: How humans are altering life on earth

Helen Pilcher, author and science writer

Ever since our species first evolved, we have been tinkering with nature and altering the course of evolution. Now we share our planet with genetically modified wolves, pizzly bears and cloned polo ponies. Humans are altering life intentionally, via selective breeding and genetic technologies, and unintentionally, by becoming a global superpower and changing the biosphere. As some species go extinct, new ones are evolving. Evolution is speeding up. We haven’t seen change on this scale since the demise of the dinosaurs. Join Helen as she explores the legacy created by this evolutionary mischief-making and explores how humans are changing life on Earth.

Following Helen’s inspiring lecture, the live audience had the opportunity to ask questions about the human impact on evolution.

What's included in your ticket:

  • Lecture lasting 60 minutes including Q&A with Helen Pilcher
  • On-demand access available to 25 June 2021
  • Exclusive access to Bruce Whitelaw's talk 'Should we gene edit farm animals?' recorded at a New Scientist Instant Expert masterclass
  • Bonus content from New Scientist

About the speakers:

Helen Pilcher is a tea-drinking, biscuit-nibbling science and comedy writer. A former reporter for the science journal Nature, she has a PhD in cell biology and now writes widely for the likes of The Guardian, Science Focus and BBC Wildlife. She has a lifelong love of the natural world, and an overgrown garden that she says is ‘rewilded.’ Her current book, ‘Life Changing: How Humans are Altering Life on Earth’ is longlisted for the 2020 Wainright Prize for writing on Global Conservation. Her first book, ‘Bring Back the King: The New Science of De-extinction’ was Radio 2 ‘Fact not Fiction’ book of the week. Helen also teaches people how to write and tell stories about science, and is ‘Scientific Advisor to The Beano.’

The event was hosted by Valerie Jamieson, New Scientist Events' creative director.

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This event is suitable for anyone who has an interest in the subjects under discussion or a more general scientific interest. However if you are attending the event in a professional capacity you may be interested to know that this event is accredited by the CPD Certification Service and CPD certificates are available to attendees on request by contacting live@newscientist.com.

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Your ticket will give you access to a recording of the event which originally took place on Thursday 25 June 2020 and lasts for approximately one hour. Access to the recording of the event will be available until 25 June 2021.
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Tickets are non-transferable to any other New Scientist event.
All tickets are non-refundable.
New Scientist reserves the right to alter the recording of the event or remove access prior to 25 June 2021. In the unlikely event of the removal of access to the event, all unused tickets will be fully refunded. New Scientist Ltd will not be liable for any additional expenses incurred by ticket holders in relation to the event.
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