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It’s the 30th anniversary of the Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize, and the 25th anniversary of Humber Mouth. No better time to talk about the past, present and future of science writing. Join our exciting panel of past prizewinners and judges as they discuss the evolution of science writing over the past thirty years, and how it could evolve over the next thirty.

Eugenia Cheng

Eugenia is an English mathematician and pianist, an honorary fellow of pure mathematics at the University of Sheffield and a scientist and residence in liberal arts at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Her 2017 shortlisted title, Beyond Infinity: An Expedition to the Outer Limits of the Mathematical Universe, explores inside the weird and wonderful world of infinity, from endless hotels to bottomless cookie-jars

Gaia Vince

Gaia was the first ever solo female winner of the prestigious award, putting her name amongst an impressive roll-call including Stephen Hawking, Stephen Jay Gould, Jared Diamond, James Gleick and Bill Bryson in 2015.

Her book, Adventures in the Anthropocene: A Journey to the Heart of the Planet, was researched over two years of intense travelling the world, visiting slums in Colombia, silver mines in Bolivia and a man who’d built an new island from rubbish in the Caribbean.

Dr. Steve Cross (host)

Once upon a time, Steve was a spectacularly poor lab scientist, then an OK science communicator and for a while, a museum and art curator (for Wellcome Collection).

These days he’s a geek comedian, presenter and producer, travelling across the UK helping all sorts of intellectual types share their passions. He trains clever people to be funny, through his project CLEVERmakeFUNNY, and has worked with academics, museums professionals, software engineers, architects and lawyers to make comedy part of their lives.


Tickets: £7 / £5 concessions
Tickets Available 31 August