Annual Linnean Society Lecture 2017

14 December 2017

L-R: Professor Dianne Edwards, Dr Hema Radhakrishnan, Dr Anna Gilchrist, and Dr Elizabeth Rollinson (Executive Secretary, The Linnean Society)

The Faculty has hosted the 2017 Irene Manton lecture in collaboration with The Linnean Society and Manchester Museum.

The event celebrates the significant contribution made by women to the Natural Sciences and was attended by more than 90 attendees including Linnean Society members, University colleagues and sixth form students.

Guest speaker Dr Anna Gilchrist, a lecturer in Environmental Planning, highlighted how butterflies move through Greater Manchester. Dr Gilchrist considered the important lessons her research provides about what we can all do to make our cities a more resilient and adaptive place in the face of climate change. This includes keeping our cities green and taking part in The Big Butterfly Count.

Founded in 1788, The Linnean Society of London is the world’s oldest active biological society. Irene Manton, a British botanist who continued her studies here at the University, was the Society’s first female president.