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Big Question Lecture: How do genes make an ant society?

Want to find out about the work that goes on in the Wurm lab and learn more about the genetics and evolution of insect societies? Professor Yannick Wurm will be answering these questions and more in his free Big Question lecture.

Image of ants and DNA codes

In January 2023, Centre of the Cell and the Blizard Institute will welcome local young people to the Big Question Lecture, which will ask: How do genes make an ant society?

Intending to answer the question is Prof. Yannick Wurm. His lecture will be followed by a Q&A and refreshments in the Blizard Institute reception.

What you need to know

When: Wed, 25 January 2023, 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Where: Perrin Lecture Theatre, Blizard Institute, 4 Newark Street, London E1 2AT
Who: For ages 14+. Tickets for the lecture are free of charge, but booking is essential.

Register now

The Speaker

Professor Yannick Wurm is a Professor in Evolutionary Genomics & Bioinformatics at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). Professor Wurm obtained his first degree in bioinformatics and modelling from the French National Institute of Applied Sciences, before going on to receive a PhD in Life Sciences at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland.

Professor Wurm’s research interests now include looking at the genetics and evolution of social behaviour in insects, and developing modern tools for measuring and improving the health of pollinators.

Professor Wurm has delivered talks on a broad range of topics including evolutionary biology, and the opportunities that high-resolution molecular approaches offer for understanding the world around us.

What is a Big Question Lecture?

Centre of the Cell’s Big Question Lectures are brought to you by top scientists at Queen Mary, in partnership with Centre of the Cell and co-created with young people from our Youth Membership Scheme. They give audiences from age 14 the chance to hear from leaders in science and healthcare about the cutting-edge biology and innovative front-line medicine going on right here in east London.

The Big Question Lecture is our opportunity to open the doors of Centre of the Cell and the Blizard Institute to the general public and share our innovation and expertise in this field with east London’s next generation of young scientists.

Register today for free to join us on Wednesday 25 January.

Register now

More information

For enquiries about the lecture please contact Myfanwy-Cerys Williams at For any enquiries about Centre of the Cell, contact our Bookings Officer, Mohammed Rofik, on 0207 882 2562. Visitor information about Centre of the Cell can be found at



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