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The 21st Century Mind: Leading scientist invites the public to explore the modern brain


Baroness Susan Greenfield CBE, an internationally-renowned scientist, researcher, writer and broadcaster in the physiology of the brain, will deliver a public lecture exploring the 21st century mind on Wednesday 5 September at Robert Gordon University (RGU).

Thousands of visitors will descend on Aberdeen this week (4-9 September) to see leading scientists, hear about the latest research and take part in over 250 events as the city welcomes the British Science Festival for the first time in almost 50 years.

For over 25 years, Baroness Greenfield has been promoting greater public understanding of science and through her research, has brought attention to conditions of the older brain such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease, as well as to the challenges of technology impacting on the younger brain.

Currently a Senior Research Fellow at Lincoln College and the Dept of Pharmacology, Oxford University, Baroness Greenfield was also Director of the Royal Institution of Great Britain (the first woman to hold the position) until 2010. In 2000, she was awarded a CBE and in 2001, was created a Life Peer. She was also appointed a Chavlier Legion D’honneur by the French Government and has been awarded 31 honorary degrees from British and foreign universities.

In her lecture, Baroness Greenfield will discuss how the human brain can constantly adapt to different environments particularly in an age where modern technology is revolutionising our everyday lives.

She comments: “Today’s cyber world is offering a new type of environment meaning the brain could therefore be changing in parallel and in correspondingly new ways.

“We need to try to foresee what these changes, positive or negative, may be. Only then can we minimise the threats and harness the opportunities for the future.”

‘The 21st Century Mind’ will take place in Room 225 at RGU’s Aberdeen Business School on Wednesday 5 September from 6-7pm followed by a book signing with Baroness Greenfield. Tickets are priced at £10 (£8 concessions).

British Science Festival events can be booked online by visiting www.britishscienceassociation.org or by calling 08456 807 207.

The British Science Festival 2012 is being organised by the British Science Association, the University of Aberdeen and Techfest-Setpoint. The principal sponsors are BP and Shell U.K. Limited.

Issued by:
Sarah Grieve
Communications Officer

Robert Gordon University
Schoolhill
Aberdeen
AB10 1FR
Tel: 01224 262206
Email: s.j.grieve@rgu.ac.uk.