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Science/Media: Sharing Science – Chasing Chimps, Digging Dinosaurs & Asking Attenborough With Professor Ben Garrod, Author & Award-Winning BBC Presenter From University of East Anglia

23rd March 2022 @ 15:35 - 16:35



Why do so many people feel scared of science? When is it okay to let small kids handle eyeballs when eating muffins? How can we channel our ‘Inner Attenborough’?

Ben Garrod is Professor of Evolutionary Biology and Science Engagement at the University of East Anglia. After living across Africa and Asia and working alongside wild chimpanzees and orangutans, he completed a PhD and got ready for a career of research, but instead followed a passion to share science with as many people as possible. Now, as a successful author and award-winning BBC presenter, Ben believes that science belongs to us all and that, more than ever, the public need to feel confident in engaging with science.

In this talk, Ben shares his adventures about excavating mammoths, being chatted up by a robot, and why there’s a whole career in sharing science with others.


Speaker Profile (Please Click): Professor Ben Garrod


Our events are designed so that a group of students can take part from a classroom or students and teachers can take part as individuals, either from school or from home. This means that sessions will continue irrespective of possible school closures.

As a live, participative event, this session will not be recorded but slides and other resources will be shared after the event, where available.


Suitable for: All KS5 and equivalent students who are interested in Science and the communication of Science across different media. This is a great opportunity to consider relevant career opportunities by hearing about Ben’s journey to becoming a successful author and award-winning BBC presenter. Students and teachers are invited to join as groups or as individuals.

Preparation/Pre-Reading: Students may wish to consider questions they would like to ask Ben.

The IT Setup: The event will be run on Bluejeans and participants will be able to join using laptops, tablets, and mobile devices. If you are joining as a school group, we recommend connecting with one device and projecting on to a whiteboard. You will be able to interact with the university via a microphone and/or typed comments and questions. Full details will be sent to those who have registered (see below) prior to the event.

Booking a Place: This is free for schools and colleges. If you would like to take part in this event, please register your interest using the link to the registration form below: