12.30pm-1.30pm 30 June 2009
Central Hall, Westminster, World Congress of Science Journalists
23 June, 2009, London: Results from a global survey looking at attitudes to evolution around the world will be announced at a press conference at the World Congress of Science Journalists at 12.30 on 30 June 2009. The survey will include data from 10 countries and includes all regions of the world. Presenting the global results will be Fern Elsdon-Baker, Head of Darwin Now, the British Council’s contribution to the global celebrations around the anniversary of Darwin’s birth and the publication of Origin of the Species. Joining Fern on the panel to discuss the results will be recognised figures and experts in the fields of science and education.
For further information, please contact:
Tony Stephenson, Adam Michael, Benjamyn Tan
Tel: 020 7866 7864
Attendance at the WCSJ is not required to attend press conference.
Notes to Editors
About Darwin Now
Darwin Now is the British Council’s contribution to the international celebration of the 200 year anniversary of Darwin’s birth (on the 12th February) and the 150 year anniversary of the publication of ‘On the Origin of Species’ (on the 24th November).
Through this international programme of activity the British Council is seeking to engage new audiences, to make Darwin’s theory of evolution relevant to their lives, and to encourage involvement and debate. Darwin Now will look at the impact of Darwin’s ideas and their impact on contemporary biology, medicine and society. It comprises a year long programme of activity including outreach work and exhibitions in schools and further education colleges, a mobile exhibition, interactive website with and supporting workshops. The campaign is expected to run in up to 50 countries worldwide, including the regions of Europe, North Africa, East Asia, America and Latin America.
In the UK, highlights include the British Science Association, Festival of Science in September, and a youth summit involving 60 students from around the world, which will be held at the Natural History Museum in July. The programme culminates in the “Alexandrina Conference” a three day international conference on evolution and society, which will be held at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Alexandria, Egypt between 14th-16th November 2009. For more information, please go to http://www.britishcouncil.org/darwin
About the British Council
The British Council is the United Kingdom’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations overseas. Darwin is as an exemplar of the application of scientific methodology and international collaboration and Darwin Now provides an ideal platform for the British Council to highlight the UK as a respected partner for international cooperation in the field of science and ethics.
The British Council, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2009, works in more than 100 countries worldwide to build engagement and trust for the UK through the exchange of knowledge and ideas between people. During 2008, the British Council reached over 128 million people worldwide through a range of cultural programmes involving the arts, education, science, sport and governance. The British Council employs 7,900 staff, including 5,000 foreign nationals across a network of 200 offices in 109 countries and territories worldwide. For more information, please go to www.britishcouncil.org