The importance of communicating science was discussed at a special public lecture at the University of Melbourne.

Sir Paul Nurse, President of the Royal Society, UK was awarded the 2001 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for the discovery of key regulators of the cell cycle and is in Australia to tell us why science matters.

A brilliant geneticist and cell biologist, Sir Paul has had a distinguished career. He was Professor of Microbiology at the University of Oxford, Chief Executive of the Imperial Cancer Research Fund (now Cancer Research UK’s London Research Institute), and President of the Rockefeller University, New York. He is currently the inaugural Director and Chief Executive of the new Francis Crick Institute, London.

He began his five year term as President of the Royal Society in December 2010.

His many honours include a Royal Medal (1995) and Copley Medal (2005) from the Royal Society and the Albert Lasker Award for Basic Research (1998). He was knighted in 1999.

In his lecture, organised by the University of Melbourne and the Australian Academy of Science, Sir Paul discussed the wonder of science and how it enhances our culture and civilisation. He also explored how science can play an even greater role in improving the economy and tackling global problems such as climate change, healthy ageing, and food, water and energy security.

For a copy of his talk, please contact Annie Rahilly on