Science & Technology

The two cultures revisited: reframing the post-truth society - Members Only

Professor Ottoline Leyser
8th May 2019, 3:00pm

In 1959 CP Snow delivered the Rede Lecture outlining his concerns about the divide between the sciences and the humanities.  His narrative and proposed solutions have parallels with today’s debates about the wider place of science in society.


In both cases solutions have focussed on widening scientific knowledge, but what is needed is a re-establishment of trust, which is damaged by the post-truth rhetoric that often accompanies calls for wider scientific literacy.

The Rede lecture paper can be found here:


About the speaker

Ottoline Leyser is Professor of Plant Development and Director of the Sainsbury Laboratory at the University of Cambridge. Her research focuses on the mechanisms underlying developmental plasticity in plants, using the hormonal control of shoot branching in Arabidopsis as a model system. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society and chairs its Science Policy Advisory Group. She is a Member of the Leopoldina and EMBO, and a Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Sciences. In 2017 she was made DBE for services to plant science, science in society and equality and diversity in science.


Places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Refreshments will be provided.


UPDATE 08/05/2019: Tickets are not available online anymore but there is a very limited number of seats still available for this event so you are most welcome to attend the seminar. Please ring the Office on 0161 833 4187 if you would like to come.