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From Ethics to Genetics – University of Reading

Release Date : 15 November 2004

smoke from a power plantWe used to protect ourselves from the natural environment, but we now have to protect it from us. So says the University of Reading's Professor Jan Pentreath, who will consider the subject of the environment in the next instalment of this year's Public Lecture Series. The Palmer Lecture Theatre provides a perfect platform for Professor Pentreath to examine the different social, economic and political views on human and environmental protection and management. "Our modern lifestyles add to the problems of contaminating the global atmosphere and the more immediate environment around us," he says. "And yet, at the same time, our general health improves and our attitude to the environment changes. "The result of all this is a confusing minefield of views within which the scientist attempts to sift fact from fiction, and provide some of the basic information necessary to make the world safer and more enjoyable for everyone." A senior research fellow in the University's Environmental Systems Science Centre, Professor Pentreath is also a member of the International Commission on Radiological Protection. In his lecture he will discuss some of the physical, chemical and biological hazards that surround us in the UK. "A more coherent framework is needed, within which these fascinating, vital, and multi-disciplinary topics can be aired and better managed." This lecture is the second in the series of six entertaining talks organised by the University. All of the lectures are free to attend and no ticket is required. For further information, please visit the following website: or contact Alison Fabian in the University's Communications Office on (tel) 0118 378 7110 or (email) Event Public Lecture - From Ethics to Genetics: the Environment and Human Health Location Palmer Lecture Theatre, Whiteknights Campus, The University of Reading Date Tuesday 23 November, 8pm End For media enquiries only, please contact Craig Hillsley, the University's press officer on: Tel 0118 378 7388 Email


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