Thursday June 4th 2009 The University of Gloucestershire, Elwes Building, The Park, Cheltenham, GL50 2RH.
Physicist and broadcaster Professor Kathy Sykes is to be awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science by the University of Gloucestershire.
Currently Professor of Sciences and Society at the University of Bristol, she has appeared on a range of television series including Rough Science, and is co-founder and continuing director of the Cheltenham Science Festival. She was appointed Professor of Public Engagement of Science and Engineering at Bristol University in November 2002.
Prof Sykes is passionate about engaging the public with science, encompassing medicine, maths, engineering and social sciences, and received the 2006 Royal Society Kohn Award for Excellence in Engaging the Public with Science.
She will attend the conferment of the title of Honorary Doctorate of Science at the University of Gloucestershire’s Court on Thursday June 4.
Prof Sykes said: “This is a total privilege for me. I am so impressed by the vision of the University of Gloucestershire, and it’s been fabulous working with the University on events for the Times Cheltenham Science Festival.”
University Court is an annual event drawing together local business leaders, University supporters, fellows, alumni and others with an interest in University matters. Vice Chancellor, Professor Patricia Broadfoot, will be outlining future ambitions and priorities for the University of Gloucestershire, and Professor R J (Sam) Berry will be presenting a lecture “Did the Devil Make Darwin Do It?”
Professor Berry was Professor of Genetics at University College London 1974-2000. He is a former president of the Linnean Society, British Ecological Society, European Ecological Federation, and Christians in Science.
Professor Broadfoot said: “Professor Sykes is a scientist with a passion for communication. Among her many achievements, she is a member of the Council For Science and Technology, and chairs the Sciencewise ‘government thinktank’. We are delighted to be conferring the title of Honorary Doctorate of Science upon Professor Sykes, for her contribution in raising the public profile of science, internationally, nationally, and particular in the region.”
The University of Gloucestershire works in partnership with Cheltenham Festivals, particularly through educational outreach work with local schools and other organisations.
Source: University of Gloucestershire