We are delighted to announce that the 2020 Eckersley Lecture will be delivered by Nick Lane, Professor of Evolutionary Biochemistry at University College London. Nick Lane is best known for his critically acclaimed books that include Life Ascending 2010 Royal Society Prize for Science Books), The Vital Question and Oxygen: the molecule that made the world.

Professor Lane’s research focuses on three major transitions in evolution: the origin of life itself; the origin of the eukaryotic cell; and the evolution of fundamental traits shared by all eukaryotic cells, notably sex, sexes, speciation and senescence. The lecture itself will be a unique opportunity to hear about research into the most fundamental areas of evolutionary biology, given by an excellent speaker and communicator of scientific ideas.