Public Lecture 2nd November 2017

Antarctica

SPEAKER: Prof. Mike Danson

Professor Danson was appointed as lecturer in the Department of Biology & Biochemistry at the University of Bath in 1979, and elected to Professor of Biochemistry in 1996. His research career focussed on enzymes from organisms that live in extreme environments, especially the very hot and the very cold.

This talk will describe his visits with New Zealand colleagues to the historic huts of Scott and Shackleton in Antarctica, the coldest, windiest and driest continent on earth. He will illustrate the survival training for new arrivals, the isolation of novel microbes for biotechnological development, the retracing of the "Worst Journey in the World" and the team's visit into the Trans-Antarctic mountains.