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Matthew Burns

LANCASTER UNIVERSITY’S PROFESSOR BILL DAVIES MEETS SEDBERGH SCHOOL A LEVEL SCIENTISTS

Professor Bill Davies, from Lancaster University’s Environment Centre, visited Sedbergh School on 5th October, to talk to Biology and Geography A Level students.

Head of Science, Dr Alisdair McMeechan, said: “The professor talked about his interdisciplinary approach to tackling global food supply problems, as a result of climate change.

His overview of crop genetics, the biochemistry of photosynthesis and the effect of human behaviour, helped pupils to appreciate how science is being used to develop solutions to complex problems in a fast-changing world.

I was delighted to see pupils respond by asking Professor Davies further questions; as Isobelle Page (studying A-Level Biology) commented: “One thing that stood out was the fact that he is optimistic about the future and that small changes can make a difference to the lives of many; I think this something he impressed upon everyone”.

Science is an extremely popular option for the sixth form at Sedbergh School; young people are the scientists of the future, and it is vital they are stimulated to think beyond the confines of the syllabus they study.

For more information about Professor Davies’ research work, please visit http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/lec/about-us/people/bill-davies

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