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As part of the Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished Lecture series, the University is delighted to welcome renowned palaeontologist, writer and television presenter, Professor Richard Fortey, to deliver a keynote talk.

Professor Fortey has had a long career as a palaeontologist at the Natural History Museum in London and his research interests include, above all, trilobites.  He has named numerous trilobite species and still continues his research despite having retired from the Museum. He is also involved in research on Ordovician palaeogeography and correlation; arthropod evolution, especially the origin of major groups; and the relationships between divergence times as revealed by molecular evidence and the fossil record.

In 1993, Professor Fortey’s The Hidden Landscape was named the Natural World Book of the Year. He was awarded an honorary degree from the University of Birmingham in 2010, and is a supporter of the Lapworth Museum.

Location: Bramall Music Building, Edgbaston Campus, Elgar Concert Hall
Date: Thursday 4th February 2016 (18:00-19:00)

This is a free event. Please register for tickets using the online form.
Contact: Jane Arrowsmith,, Tel: 0121 414 7254