Friday, 6 April 2012

BHA 2012 The Speakers


Richard Herring is the hugely talented British comedian and writer who started his comedy career with his long time friend and writing partner Stewart Lee. Richard is a Distinguished Supporter of the BHA.
Polly Higgins is an environmental lawyer and author who proposed to the United Nations that ecocide be recognised as an international Crime Against Peace alongside Genocide and War Crimes.
Professor Sir David King FRS is the former UK Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser and Head of the Government Office of Science. He is currently Director of the Smith School of Enterprise and Environment at the University of Oxford.
Ben Hammersley was born in Leicester in 1976. He is a renowned British internet technologist, journalist, author, broadcaster, and diplomat. His credits include Editor at Large of Conde Nast’s Wired UK magazine.
Kevin Warwick is Professor of Cybernetics at the University of Reading. Sometimes called ‘The First Human Cyborg’ the Institute of Physics selected Kevin to illustrate the ethical impact scientific work can have: the others selected were Galileo, Einstein, Curie, Nobel, Oppenheimer, and Rotblat.
Carole Jahme is a journalist, author, broadcaster, performer and film and programme maker who manages to synthesise Darwinian theory in almost all of her creative ventures.
Paul McAuley is an award-winning science fiction author specialising in hard science fiction dealing with themes such as biotechnology, alternate history/alternate reality, and space travel.  Paul holds a Ph.D in Botany, and worked as a researcher in biology in various universities.
Gregory Claeys is an historian of radical, reform and socialist movements in late 18th and 19th century Britain. He has focussed on leading secularist figures and has long been interested in utopianism and dystopianism.
Roger Martin was a career diplomat for 22 years, serving in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and the UN before resigning ‘in fury’ to become an environmentalist. He is now Chair of the environmental charity Population Matters.
Iszi Lawrence is an English comedian, illustrator and artist. She is the voice of the Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe and has her own weekly podcast Sunday’s Supplement which she co-hosts with TV writer Simon Dunn.
Mark Stevenson is a British author, comedian, businessman, public speaker and futurologist, as well as a former semi-professional musician. His stand-up material focuses on science and he recently released a book entitled An Optimist’s Tour of the Future.

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