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  • 32_TeachersConference-cropOur first conference for teachers was held on 30 June 2015 at Nowgen in Manchester, focussing on the new areas of genetics on the A-level specifications.

    Robert Johnston chaired proceedings, opening with a brief history of the Galton Institute.

    Professor Andrew Read, from Manchester, gave the first talk on Genome Organisation followed by Professor Graeme Black from Manchester who spoke about sequencing methods and applications of genomics in the morning session, while in the afternoon he discussed Gene Therapy.

    Professor Heather Cordell from Newcastle gave an informative explanation of Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium and Genetic Drift while Dr Diego Villar Lozano from Cambridge considered Gene regulation at the genome level.

    Professor Rosalind John from Cardiff addressed the conference on Epigenetics and Dr Bella Starling closed proceedings by describing Nowgen’s work in public engagement.

    Delegates’ comments included:

    “Quite simply the best conference I have attended whilst I have been in teaching.”

    “I left feeling very motivated and refreshed.  I was reminded of why I chose to pursue a career teaching A-level Biology.”

    “It was the first time in years that I have been to an event to increase my subject knowledge. I really enjoyed it and will be looking out for more.”

    A report of this conference was published in the Summer 2015 newsletter.


    33B_Nowgen-r2013 marked the anniversaries of two momentous developments in genetics research: it was 10 years since the publication of the ‘gold standard’ human genome sequence, and 60 years since Watson and Crick identified the structure of DNA. To celebrate these events, the Galton Institute sponsored Nowgen – a centre of excellence in public engagement, education and professional training in biomedicine – put on a conference for young people studying A-level Biology on 9 December 2013.

    Over 80 A-level students from colleges around Greater Manchester came together to celebrate genomics; they met genetic scientists, who worked with small groups in interactive sessions to explore the latest research.

    The concepts introduced during the day were specially chosen to complement the A-level syllabus and to stretch students thinking about genomics and its impact. Feedback from both students and teachers was excellent, with over 97% of the students reporting that they enjoyed the day and learned a lot. The laboratory visits around the University and Central Manchester Hospitals, together with the practical activities, were highlights of the day for most students. Teachers were extremely impressed with the content and organisation of the day, with one describing it as “a fantastic and inspirational day”.

    A report of this conference was published in the Spring 2014 newsletter.



100 Years of Galton Lectures

For over 100 years there has been an annual Galton lecture. The range of topics over such a period has been considerable. A full list of the lectures is available to download



Galton Lectures on video

Nutrition and Lifespan

2016: Professor Dame Linda Partridge, FRS - Nutrition and Lifespan

2015: Professor Alan Bittles - Patterns of consanguineous marriage across the world

2014: Professor Andrew Wilkie, FRS - Lionel Penrose and the paternal age effect for mutations - sixty years on