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Reverend Professor Michael Reiss

Michael J. Reiss is Professor of Science Education at the UCL Institute of Education, University College London, Honorary Fellow of the British Science Association, Visiting Professor at the Universities of York and the Royal Veterinary College, Honorary Fellow of the College of Teachers, Docent at the University of Helsinki, a member of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.



Karen Goldie-Morrison

A childhood passion for butterflies matured into a love of ‘natural history’ and wildlife has been the focus of her career. A degree in Zoology and a decade in wildlife publishing prepared her for running and co-owning one of the premier wildlife film companies, Oxford Scientific Films in the 1980s and 90s. She was Director of the Charles Darwin Trust from 2002 to 2012 and in  2017 she became a Trustee and its Treasurer. She became Chair of Butterfly Conservation in 2019.


James Costa

James is professor of evolutionary biology and executive director of the Highlands Biological Station at Western Carolina University, USA. As a biologist his research focuses on insect ecology and social evolution, while as historian of science he has written extensively Charles Darwin, Alfred Russel Wallace, and the history of evolutionary thinking. The author or editor of seven books, including most recently Darwin's Backyard: How Small Experiments Led to a Big Theory (Norton, 2017), and An Alfred Russel Companion (Chicago, 2019), he has held fellowships-in-residence at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and the Berlin Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin, Germany.  In 2017 he was awarded the Wallace Medal from the London-based Alfred Russel Wallace Memorial Fund in recognition of his contributions to Wallace scholarship.


Emma Newall

Emma is a lecturer in science education at the UCL Institute of Education (IOE). Emma has worked with the Charles Darwin Trust since 2006, initially as a biology educator and more recently as a Trustee since. She began her career as a research scientist witnh the Medical Research Council before moving into roles in science comunication and science education, working with a number of organisations including the Wellcome Trust and the Natural History Museum. She is currently finalisng her doctoral studies which were supported by the Trust. Her research examines the role of the emotional domain in teaching and learning evolution in biology.


Randal Keynes

Randal Hume Keynes (OBE) is a British conservationist, author, and great-great-grandson of Charles Darwin. He has written a book; Annie's Box and Darwin, His Daughter, and Human Evolution (2001) about Darwin and the relationship with his daughter, Annie. This book was subsequently adapted into the 2009 film Creation. He is also a patron of Humanists UK.

Steve Jones

Steve is a geneticist, author, television presenter and journalist.  Between 1995 -1999 and 2008 - 2010 Steve was Head of the Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment at the Galton Laboratory, University College London. Steve was awarded the Michael Faraday Prize for his contribuution to science communication, he was also elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2012. He is also a patron of the Humanists UK and an Honorary associate of the National Secular Society.