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EVOLUTION, Revolution, Constitution.

Salon London is interesting cultural content curated for the interested.  We take an idea and we look at it laterally from an arts, a scientific and a psychological point of view.  Salons take up to two hours and appear in beautiful spaces across the capital and beyond.

On March 5th, and the incredible roof space of the brand new Foyles, we present 'Evolution' the first in our series of our 'Evolution, Revolution, Constitution', series.

We ask the question is man (or woman) just another animal?  Luckily we have superstar geneticist and man Prof Steve Jones to give us the definitive answer.

Talking of genes Ruth Padel gives us the poetic position on evolution, and she should know being a multi award winning poet and writer, and incidentally, Charles Darwin’s great, great grand-daughter.

Then Tony Juniper (former head of Friends of the Earth) asks what nature is doing for Britain? Turns out quite a lot actually, he’ll be on hand to explain the birds and the bees – as in exactly they contribute to our economy. 

At the brand new Foyles on Charing Cross Rd 5th March, doors at 18:30, first speaker at 19:00. 


Ruth Padel (Evolution)

Ruth Padel is Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, Poetry Fellow at King’s College London and a Trustee of the Zoological Society of London. She has published nine collections including Darwin – A Life in Poems, a verse biography of her great great grandfather Charles Darwin, andLearning to Make an Oud in Nazareth, on conflict, creativity and the Middle East, shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize. She has also published a novel on wildlife crime and a wide range of non-fiction including a study of tiger conservation, three much-loved books on reading contemporary poetry, and studies of ancient Greek poetry and religion. Awards include First Prize in the National Poetry Competition, a Cholmondeley Award for poetry, and a British Council Darwin Now research award


Tony Juniper (Evolution)

Tony Juniper is an independent sustainability and environment adviser, including as Special Advisor with the Prince’s Charities International Sustainability Unit, Fellow with the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and as President of Society for the Environment. He is a founder member of the Robertsbridge Group that advises international companies. He speaks and writes on many aspects of sustainability and is the author of several books, including the award winning Parrots of the World, Spix's Macaw and How Many Light Bulbs Does It Take To Change A Planet? He was a co-author of Harmony, with HRH The Prince of Wales and Ian Skelly. His multi-award winning best-seller What has Nature ever done for us? was published in January 2013. He began his career as an ornithologist, working with Birdlife International. From 1990 he worked at Friends of the Earth and was the organisation's executive director from 2003-2008 and Vice Chair of Friends of the Earth International from 2000-2008. Juniper was the first recipient of the Charles and Miriam Rothschild medal (2009) and was awarded honorary Doctor of Science degrees from the Universities of Bristol and Plymouth (2013). His latest book, What Nature does for Britain, will be published in February 2015 twitter:@tonyjuniper.com


Steve Jones (Evolution)

Professor Steve Jones is Emeritus Professor of Genetics at University College London and an author of several popular science books. He is one of the world's top six experts on the genetics of snails (and the other five agree) and has also studied the genetics and evolution of fruit flies and humans.

Professor Jones was born in 1944 in Aberystwyth, Wales, and has degrees from the University of Edinburgh and University of Chicago. Much of his academic research has been concerned with snails and the light their anatomy can shed on biodiversity and genetics. He is Professor of genetics at Galton Laboratory of University College London, and has had visiting posts at Harvard University, the University of Chicago, the University of California at Davis, University of Botswana, Fourah Bay College in Sierra Leone, and Flinders University in Adelaide.

Professor Jones is probably best known to the general public as a regular broadcaster and writer of popular books on scientific issues. He gave the 1991 Reith Lecture on "The Language of the Genes", has written and presented a Radio 3 series on science and the arts, "Blue Skies", and a TV series on human genetics, "In the Blood". He also appears on other radio and TV programmes, such as Today, Question Time, Late Review and Newsnight , and writes a regular column in The Daily Telegraph, "View from the Lab".

His many books include Genetics for Beginners (Icon Books), The Language of the Genes(HarperCollins), In The Blood (HarperCollins), Almost like a Whale: The Origin of Species Updated(Anchor Books), Y: the Descent of Men (Little, Brown).