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Spare-time scientists

A free Darwin Centre Live evening event at
the Natural History Museum
Wednesday 16 June 2004, 19.00

Webcast live at

Bug collectors, twitchers and naturalists – a neglected scientific resource? Can a hobby transform our understanding of a species? Are professional researchers too dismissive of spare-time scientists? Join researchers, nature lovers and science enthusiasts to discuss the impact of amateur science societies and discover how you can get involved. Places are free, but must be booked in advance on 020 7942 5555.

From the father of modern genetics, Gregor Mendel, to volunteers contributing to astronomy surveys, discoveries by amateurs have been vital to the development of science. Is there still room for the science enthusiast in today’s formal education and research system? Should there be better support for amateur-based societies? Join this lively debate to explore the challenges and success stories of the spare-time scientist.

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 visit

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Visitor information
Darwin Centre at the Natural History Museum,
Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD
Dates: Wednesday 16 June, 19.00
Public enquiries: 020 7942 5000
Entry: free to all

The Natural History Museum is open
Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 17.50, Sunday  - 11.00 - 17.50
The Natural History Museum's public enquiries telephone number is 020 7942 5000
The Museum is accessible to visitors in wheelchairs.
For access details telephone 020 7942 5000
Nearest tube: South Kensington
Entry to the Museum: FREE

For images or further information, please contact:

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(not for publication)

Issued May 2004