This event happened in the past (2019 edition)

X-Rated Nature II

With Dr Adam Rutherford, Lucy Cooke, Prof Ben Garrod and Lizzie Daly

This is an event from the 2019 edition

It’s back! Following the success of 2017’s X-rated event, get ready for more weird and wonderful facts about the natural world.

The hosts – NSF patrons Lizzie Daly and Prof Ben Garrod, joined by Dr Adam Rutherford and Lucy Cooke – share some bizarre animal sex tales, from hermaphroditic sea slug love chains, to most snakes having two penises. Plus, can you spot the fake facts thrown in as curveballs? Expect plenty of adult content!

Prof Ben Garrod

Dinosaurs with Ben GarrodProf Ben Garrod is an evolutionary biologist and great ape conservationist, as well as TV and radio presenter. He is a Norwich Science Festival patron.

He is Professor of Evolutionary Biology and Science Engagement at the University of East Anglia. His Masters was in Wild Animal Biology from the Royal Veterinary College and his PhD at UCL focused on studying the early stages of speciation in island-living primates through molecular and anatomical changes.

He has presented Hyper Evolution: Rise of the Robots, The Day the Dinosaurs Died, Attenborough and the Giant Dinosaur, the award-winning BBC4 series Secrets of Bones and The Human Hive.

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Lizzie Daly

Lizzie Daly credit Jessica Daly
Credit: Jessica Daly

Lizzie is a TV presenter and wildlife biologist, and is also an ambassador for the Marine Conservation Society and the Jane Goodall Institute UK, and a Norwich Science Festival patron.

From filming with penguins to conservation work with elephants, Lizzie has a fierce passion for caring for our oceans and protecting our wild spaces. Her expertise and curiosity for the natural world has taken her around the globe, conducting research and making wildlife films.

Lizzie has worked as a presenter on Blue Planet Live Lessons, CBeebies, CBBC, National Geographic, BBC Two, Animal Planet and is a host on the BBC Earth Unplugged YouTube channel.

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Dr Adam Rutherford

Adam Rutherford credit Stefan OBoski
Credit: Stefan OBoski

Dr Adam Rutherford is a science writer and broadcaster. He studied genetics at University College London, and during his PhD on the developing eye, he was part of a team that identified the first genetic cause of a form of childhood blindness.

He has written and presented many award-winning series and programmes for the BBC, including the flagship weekly BBC Radio 4 programme Inside Science and The Curious Cases of Rutherford & Fry with Dr Hannah Fry.

He is the author of two previous books, Creation, which was shortlisted for the Wellcome Trust Prize, and A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived.

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Lucy Cooke

Lucy Cooke is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and best-selling author with a Masters in zoology from Oxford university (where she was tutored by Richard Dawkins). Lucy has written, produced and presented natural history programmes for BBC, PBS, Animal Planet and National Geographic Wild (‘Freaks and Creeps’). Her ‘Meet the Sloths’ documentary (Animal Planet) won the coveted Panda popular documentary award at Wildscreen 2014 and went on to become a major international series for Discovery International.

Lucy’s love of sloths led her to found the Sloth Appreciation Society which now has over 10,000 members and over 60,000 avid followers. Lucy’s viral sloth videos have featured on every show from Ellen to John Oliver and earned her the reputation of ‘the Steven Spielberg of sloth film-making’ (The Atlantic). Her first book, A Little Book of Sloth, was a New York Times best-seller.

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Monday 21 October
Venue: The Forum, Gallery
Cost: £8
Age: 16+

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