Richmond Lectures II - Head of BBC Natural History Wendy Darke

Thursday 03-03-2016 - 00:00

Storytelling has never been such a relevant skill for any student to learn. The ability to communicate, in a multimedia and global world, and build empathy between differing people and your ideas is vital.

The mission of BBC Natural History is to build relationships between people all around the globe and the natural world. To make people see the value in nature conservation. The genius of Sir David Attenborough is to take scientific data and analysis and get the public to by into his story. This is the theme of Wendy Darke's lecture.

Wendy Darke, Head of the BBC Natural History Unit, will be explaining how the NHU tells its stories through 6 never seen before clips from the BBC archive. BBC Natural History is the most successful of all of the services offered by the BBC. They are, quite simply, the pre-eminent producers of Natural History documentaries in the world.

As a former Bristol Arts students, I am fascinated by Wendy's idea that scientists ultimately need the skills of the Arts to tell their stories and communicate scientific discoveries to the public. This lecture, is then not only cross-disciplinary, but touches on the tension between the arts and science. This tension is frequently commented on in terms of differing student experiences at Bristol. Bringing the two together, and showing how they depend on each other, will also be an additional dynamic.

Our first Richmond Lecture saw the last Dambuster tell his own incredible story to a packed audience of staff and students. 

As with all of the Richmond Lectures this event is FREE and open to all members of the university community. Tickets are selling quickly so get yours HERE (https://www.bristolsu.org.uk/ents/event/4125/) before it's too late!

I look forward to seeing you there!

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