Dr John Wilkinson

Chemistry, Medicinal Plants, Music & Mystery: Synergism in the Natural World and in Music

Venue: South Street (Directions)

Sat 17 Mar, 18:00

Advisory age: 12+

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Performance piece and lecture for Reading Science Week - brought to you by the Reading Branch of the British Science Association.

In this lecture and concert independent scientists and musicians Dr John Wilkinson (organic chemist) and Kesia Trench (biologist & natural scientist) talk about how synergism (where an outcome is greater than the sum of the parts) in the natural world, in botanical medicines and in music are inspiring scientists to the develop new classes of modern medicines that combine knowledge from traditional medicine systems with 21st century sciences, such as ecology, pharmacology and chemistry.

The talk includes the discoveries in botanical medicines from medieval times to the present day and also touches on their own research work on molecular synergism in plant extracts and for instance, their use in the improvement of memory loss. They also perform a few of their own music compositions – relaxing, ambient, electronica together with gentle saxophone melodies (Dr Wilkinson) and Kesia (fretless bass and programming), accompanied by beautiful relaxing projections of the natural world, molecules and art produced by themselves.

There will also be a Q&A session around the scientific aspects of herbal medicines, music, supplements and traditional knowledge. This lecture is suitable for scientists and non-scientists and children (over 12 years old is recommended).

Ticket information

£6.50 advance, £9.50 on the door (including ticket fee)

Venue info

South Street

21 South Street, Reading, RG1 4QU

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