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Respect week

A series of free Darwin Centre Live events at the Natural History Museum
Saturday 10 to Wednesday 14 July

Webcast live at

June 2004
Celebrate London’s cultural diversity during Respect Week. Join policy advisors, scientists, geneticists and social historians in a series of free Darwin Centre Live events exploring the meaning of diversity.

What’s the Difference?
Saturday 10 July, 12.00 and 14.30

Diversity is everywhere. People talk about cultural diversity, ethnic diversity, ecological, genetic and linguistic diversity – but what is it? Is it always a good thing? Join Lee Jasper, Senior Policy Advisor on Equalities to Ken Livingston, Museum scientists Sandy Knapp and Craig Buckley, and linguist Daniel Nettle, for a discussion that cuts to the heart of contemporary values.

Power Plants: Tea, Coffee and Spices
Sunday 11 July, 12.00 and 14.30
Every time you drink tea or coffee, grind pepper on your pizza or enjoy chocolate, you are taking part in a grand world-historical drama. These ordinary plants have given seed to wars, intrigues and changed the fates of nations. Take a journey through history and across the world, from the roots of the oriental tea-trade to the flowering of the modern industrial state.

Roots and Herbs
Monday 12 July, 14.30

Roots and Herbs is a new project aiming to use Natural History Museum historic specimens, collected by Sir Hans Sloane in Jamaica nearly 320 years ago, to aid the Caribbean community in discovering more about its cultural history. Join Museum botanist Rob Huxley and history of science researcher Bob Bloomfield to discover more about the project and how you can get involved.

Costa Rica
Tuesday 13 July, 14.30
Join entomologist John Noyes to find out about current research he is undertaking on biological control for the Instituto Naçional de Biodiversidad in Costa Rica.

Race and Gender in the Sciences
Wednesday 14 July, 14.30
Join Liz Rasekoala, founder and director of the UK-based African-Caribbean Network for Science and Technology, to discuss the issue of race and gender inequality in scientific enterprise.

Darwin Centre Live in the GlaxoSmithKline Studio at the Natural History Museum is a free programme of informal events where visitors can talk to scientists, hear more about their work at the Museum and around the world and see the fascinating specimens they work with. For further information, please contact the Natural History Museum by calling 020 7942 5000 or visit

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Darwin Centre at the Natural History Museum,
Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD
Dates: Saturday 10 July to Wednesday 14 July
Visitor enquiries: 020 7942 5000
Admission: FREE
Nearest tube: South Kensington

For images or further information, please contact:

Jo Glyde or Chloe Kembery, Science Communication PR
Tel: 020 7942 5880/5881
Email: or
(not for publication)

Issued: 16 June 2004