Café Scientifique at Glasgow Science Festival

Professor Kevin O’Dell has been a long-standing contributor to Glasgow Science Festival, from the science of ‘zombie-ism’ to his ‘blame your parents’ workshops on genetics. He stopped for a chat ahead of ‘Café Scientifique’ which will run on Monday 13 June at the Tron Theatre.


1. Who are you and what do you do?

Kevin O’Dell, Professor of Behavioural Genetics at the University of Glasgow

2. What brings you to Glasgow Science Festival this year?

Glasgow Café Scientifique is running a ‘Can we give new biotechnology the green light?’ event, in collaboration with the Royal Society of Biology. It should be a fascinating evening as we pose the question Can you be ‘green’ and in favour of genetic engineering?

3. 2016 is Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design. What innovation could you not live without?

Entirely predictable I know, but I’m going to say my iPhone

4. It’s Glasgow Science Festival’s 10th birthday! We’ll be celebrating with some science-themed cake and balloons. What’s your birthday treat of choice?

Industrial-scale portions of coffee cake

5. And finally: impress us with your favourite science fact or joke.

For a scientific joke, you need to look no further than ‘Creationism’

Join Kevin and friends at Café Scientifique: Can We Give New Biotech the Green Light? on Monday 13 June at the Tron Theatre. The free event will run from 19:00-21:00. More details on the website.


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