International Day of Women and Girls in Science public lecture

To celebrate the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, we welcome you to a public lecture by Professor Dame Linda Partridge:

Ageing Healthily: Extending Lifespans and Improving Health

Friday 10 November, 1pm at the Byre Theatre

(Rescheduled from February)

As human lifespans increase, age is proving to be a major risk factor for diseases such as cancer and in cardiovascular and neurodegenerative conditions. Genetic and environmental interventions can extend lifespan and improve health during ageing, and dietary restriction and reduced activity of nutrient-sensing signaling networks can ameliorate the effects of ageing in various organisms, possibly including humans. But understanding how to do this with fewest side-effects is crucial. This talk will discuss some of the recent discoveries, including the prospect for re-purposing existing drugs to protect against the effects of ageing.

Professor Dame Linda Partridge is co-founder of the Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing and member of the Institute of Healthy Ageing at University College London. She holds a long list of honours, including Fellowship of the Royal Society, election to the Academy of Medical Sciences, the Linnean Society of London’s Darwin-Wallace Medal, and a DBE (Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire). In 2009, she was announced as one of the UKRC’s six Women of Outstanding Achievement in Science, Engineering and Technology.

The talk is free, but ticketed. Tickets are available from the Byre Box Office online, via telephone (01334 475000) or email (, or from admin staff in the Harold Mitchell/Dyers Brae (Lianne Baker/Katrina Falkenberg), SOI (Jane Williamson) and the BMS (Andy Cole). We welcome researchers, students and members of the public alike.

The talk will be introduced by the University Principal, Sally Mapstone, and celebrates the United Nations International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Each year, the School of Biology’s Equality and Diversity Committee will host a public lecture that highlights the work of an eminent biologist to celebrate some of the outstanding science being done by women.

Early career researchers are invited to meet with Professor Partridge before the talk. Please contact Katrina Falkenberg ( if interested.