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Monday 30 May 2011

Renowned naturalist Sir David Attenborough will give a public lecture in St Andrews next month (Tuesday 21 June) as part of the University’s 600th anniversary celebrations.

The event comes ahead of Sir David’s honorary graduation from the University on Wednesday 22 June.

In his talk he will explore the life of naturalist and scientist Alfred Russel Wallace who, independently from Charles Darwin, proposed a theory of evolution by natural selection. Wallace is particularly well known for his extensive fieldwork and was the first European to study the flightless birds of paradise renowned for their strikingly colourful plumage.

The event – to be held in the Younger Hall at 5.30pm on Tuesday 21 June – is free of charge, however spaces are limited so tickets but must be booked in advance.

Tickets will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis from 6pm on Tuesday 31 May 2011.

Applicants should log onto after that time where they will find a link which will enable them to register for a maximum number of 2 tickets.

They can also be obtained by phone on 01334 461911 between 6pm and 9pm that evening.

Another of this year’s Honorary Graduates, Justice Richard Goldstone, has also agreed to give a public lecture during his visit as part of the 600th lecture series and a workshop organised by the Centre for Global Constitutionalism. His talk, on Wednesday 22 June, will address questions of a global rule of law.

This event is free of charge and is not ticketed, and will be held at 5.30pm in the Buchanan Lecture Theatre.

Notes to News Editors

A number of additional events will take place during graduation week this year as part of the University’s 600th Anniversary celebrations.

These include the public lectures given by Sir David Attenborough (Tuesday 21 June) and Richard Goldstone (Wednesday 22 June) and a Graduation concert in the University Chapel (5.30pm hours on Thursday 23 June). For more details go to:

For more information on the Global Rule of Law workshop 22-23 June please see

For full details of this year’s honorary graduates go to:,68380,en.html

Issued by the University of St Andrews

Contact: Emma Shea, Communications Manager, on 01334 462 109 or email [email protected]

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