‘Tales of an Ichthyologist’ – Public Talk in Cape Town

Nov 02, 2015 No Comments by

Professor Mike Bruton FRSSAf will present a free public talk on ‘When I was a Fish. Tales of an Ichthyologist’ on Wednesday, 18th November at 5pm at the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) Auditorium, Observatory Road, Observatory*

Abstract: Mike Bruton has had an adventurous career as an ichthyologist and science educator in Africa and beyond. Although he is best known for his research on the coelacanth, he has also worked extensively on the life-history strategies of freshwater fishes. He discusses the challenges of field research in remote parts of Africa and laments the lot of modern molecular ichthyologists who never meet a real fish! He outlines his engagements with the Ichthyology Institute (Grahamstown), Natural History Museum (London) and Two Oceans Aquarium, and concludes with insights on his recent experiences working as an informal science educator in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. He states that it is possible to live in a society that embraces technology but rejects science, and encourages other scientists to write their autobiographies so that the general public can gain a better appreciation of the value of science.

*Directions to SAAO Auditorium : From the N2, turn off to the M57 – Liesbeek Parkway; turning in the direction of Cape Town and continue until the traffic lights with Hartleyvale (hockey and football) on your left. Turn right at traffic lights into Observatory Road, pass the River Club; the S A Astronomical Observatory is next on the left. Once through the security gates bear left following the SALT signs to the auditorium i.e. last building on the left (white with stoep & ramp).

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