The Darwin Day Lecture 2022. People and pathogens: the evolution of infections. With Professor Dame Anne Johnson. Chaired by Professor Alice Roberts.

Professor Dame Anne Johnson photo credit: Academy of Medical Sciences/Big T Images
Professor Alice Roberts photo credit: David Stevens

Friday 11 February 2022




Conway Hall
25 Red Lion Square, London

About Professor Dame Anne Johnson

Professor Dame Anne Johnson is Professor of Epidemiology, Director of the Centre of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, and Co-Director of Health of the Public, all at University College London (UCL), and in December 2020 became President of the Academy of Medical Sciences. She has led a distinguished career in epidemiology and public health, focusing on topics including HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections, influenza, and diagnostics for infectious diseases.

She joined Middlesex Hospital at the start of the 1980s HIV epidemic, subsequently directing the Medical Research Council UK Centre for coordinating epidemiological studies of HIV/AIDS. In 1990 she was funded to complete the UK's first National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles by the Wellcome Foundation, work that has since been repeated every 10 years and continues to inform key policy on sexual health around the world.

She is a member of the Royal Society’s Data Evaluation and Learning for Viral Epidemics (DELVE) group, a member of the SAGE transmission subgroup, and Chair of the UK Committee for Strategic Coordination of Health of the Public Research (SCHOPR). Dame Anne was at the forefront of the Academy of Medical Science’s response to COVID-19 including the development of their report Preparing for a challenging winter 2020–21.

About Professor Alice Roberts

Professor Alice Roberts has been President of Humanists UK since January 2019. She is Professor of Public Engagement in Science at the University of Birmingham, Director of Anatomy for the NHS Severn Deanery School of Surgery, and holds honorary fellowships at Hull, York Medical School, and the University of Bristol.

She is an honorary fellow of the British Science Association, a member of the Advisory Board of the Cheltenham Festival of Science, Patron of the Association of Science and Discovery Centres, and a member of the Council of the British Heart Foundation.

She combines her academic career with one as a science presenter on television. She has appeared as a human bone specialist on Channel 4’s Time Team and in various projects on BBC2, including Coast, Don’t Die Young, The Incredible Human Journey, Wild Swimming, Digging for Britain, Horizon, and Origins of Us.

About the Darwin Day Lecture series

The Darwin Day Lecture explores humanism and humanist thought as related to science and evolution, Charles Darwin, or his works. The Darwin Day medallist has made a significant contribution in one of these fields.

The lecture and medal are named and held to mark the annual global celebration of the birth of Charles Darwin, held every 12 February.

Note: Live captions in English will be available to those with virtual tickets.

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