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Is Homo Sapiens Just Another Animal?

23 May 2007

Dr Daniel Glaser (UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience) and Professor Steve Jones (UCL Biology) will discuss whether we should simply think of ourselves as animals at a free Café Scientifique event on 24 May 2007 at BelowZero.

The event promises to be a fascinating public debate about the nature of mankind. Café Scientifique is a forum for debating science issues and a place where everyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology over a drink.

Through Professor Jones's many broadcasts on radio and television, his lectures, popular science books and his regular science column in 'The Daily Telegraph', he promotes the public understanding of science in areas such as human evolution and variation, race, sex, inherited disease and genetic manipulation.

He will be joined by Associate Professor Klas Kullander from the Biomedical Centre in Uppsala, Sweden. Here, Professor Kullander heads the Unit for Developmental Genetics where he studies the function and development of the nervous system.

The event is facilitated by UCL's Dr Daniel Glaser, who is also development manager in public engagement at the Wellcome Trust. Dr Glaser comes from a neuroscience background, was the first 'Scientist in Residence' at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), has presented a television series for the BBC and co-chairs Café Scientifique at the Photographers' Gallery.

The debate runs from 6.30 to 8pm. It is a free event, held outside a traditional academic context and open to the public.

To find out more, use the link at the bottom of this article.