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18/11/2010

Prof Cox To Give Huw Wheldon Lecture

Professor Brian Cox OBE, leading physicist, journalist and broadcaster is to give the RTS Huw Wheldon Memorial Lecture 2010.
The Lecture will take place at The Lowry Theatre in Salford on Friday November 26, 2010.
In his lecture entitled Science: A Challenge to TV Orthodoxy, Professor Cox will address key issues facing news, current affairs and factual broadcasting. Brian will discuss how documentary filmmakers should deal with complex scientific details, given that science on TV must be emotionally and intellectually engaging, as well as entertaining and informative, but above all correct.
The lecture will also aim to tackle the question of how news and current affairs should deal with "controversial areas" such as climate change, vaccination policy and cultural and religious issues, where the scientific consensus contradicts the views of a significant minority or even a majority of viewers.
Prior to becoming a physicist, Cox was a musician with 90s band D'Ream. He has since been awarded a first class honours degree in physics from the University of Manchester and a PhD in High Energy Particle Physics at the DESY laboratory in Hamburg.
Hugely respected in his field, accolades include receiving a Royal Society University Research Fellowship in 2005 and the prestigious British Association Lord Kelvin Award for his work in promoting science to the public in 2006.
In 2009, before taking up his current position working at the CERN laboratory in Switzerland on the ATLAS experiment, Cox became Professor of Particle Physics at the University of Manchester and earlier this year received an OBE for his services to Science.
Cox writes for various publications including the New Statesman, The Daily Telegraph and The Times, and his book, Why Does E=mc2? was published in 2009. His television and radio credits include: Wonders of the Solar System, Space Hoppers, The Infinite Monkey Cafe, Horizon - Moon Landings, The Big Bang and The Six Billion Dollar Experiment.
Held annually, past speakers of the RTS Huw Wheldon Memorial Lecture have included Sir David Attenborough, Paul Abbott, Sue Perkins, Andy Hamilton, Rageh Omaar and Simon Schama. Last year's Lecture was given by Professor Phil Redmond.
Further information is available at: www.rts.org.uk
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