St George’s House: In Conversation with Professor Peter Piot on Thursday 22nd October
Internationally renowned virologist Professor Peter Piot is Director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He is also a Special Advisor to the President of the European Commission on research and innovation for COVID-19. Described once as a rock star virologist, in 1976 he co-discovered the Ebola virus in Zaire while working at the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium, and led research on HIV/AIDS, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa. He has received many awards in recognition of his work and in 2012 published an autobiography, No Time to Lose, which was translated into numerous languages. Earlier this year Professor Piot contracted Covid-19 from which he is now thankfully recovered.
In conversation with our Programme Director, Professor Piot will talk about his life and work. We are delighted to have such a distinguished guest to start the series.
St George’s House: In Conversation with Dr Jane Goodall, DBE, Founder – the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace
Live on Thursday 19th November at 7pm
Equipped with little more than a notebook, binoculars, and a fascination with wildlife, Jane Goodall braved a realm of unknowns to give the world a remarkable window into humankind’s closest living relatives the wild chimpanzees of Gombe, western Tanzania.. Through more than 60 years of groundbreaking work, Dr. Jane Goodall has not only shown us the urgent need to protect chimpanzees from extinction; she has also redefined species conservation to include the needs of local people and the environment. Today she works to raise awareness about environmental crises, urging each of us to take positive action on behalf of all living things and planet we share. Through her global humanitarian and environmental programme Roots & Shoots now active in more than 65 countries, young people of all ages are empowered to become involved in hands-on programmes for the community, animals and the environment. www.janegoodall.org.uk www.rootsnshoots.org.uk
Photograph taken by Stuart Clarke
St George’s House: In Conversation with Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain MBE
Live on Thursday 3rd December at 7pm
Rabbi, writer and broadcaster, Jonathan Romain is minister of Maidenhead Synagogue in Berkshire. He writes for The Times and The Jewish Chronicle and is often heard on the BBC. His many books include The Jews of England and Faith and Practice: A Guide to Reform Judaism Today.
In 2004, he received the MBE for his pioneering work nationally in helping mixed-faith couples, a theme covered in his book Till Faith Us Do Part (HarperCollins). He is chaplain to the Jewish Police Association, and in 1999 was part of a small group of British Jews invited to an audience with Pope John Paul II. He is also President of the Accord Coalition (which campaigns for inclusive education) and Vice-chair of Dignity in Dying (which campaigns to permit assisted dying in the UK)).
For several years he was a judge for both The Times Preacher of the Year Award and the BBC’s Frank Gillard Awards, and was a member of the BBC’s Standing Conference on Religion and Belief (2009-12). He is a past Chairman of the Assembly of Rabbis UK (2007-9) and is on the Council of St. George’s House, Windsor Castle. His last two books, Confessions of a Rabbi (Biteback) and Inclusive Judaism (Jessica Kingsley) have had wide coverage in the media.
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