Monday, October 24, 2011

Seminar on "Male killers", insects and what the Egyptian Revolution means for science

I am pleased to announce a very exciting small and informal seminar by a visit from a colleague in Egypt: Dr. Sherif Elnagdy from Cairo University. Sherif did his Ph.D. on the evolutionary genetics and ecology of ladybeetles (Coccinellidae) at Cambridge University, under the supervision of the late professor Michael Majerus. He is especially interested in how endosymbiotic bacteria, such as Wolbachia, leads to phenomena like "male killing" and skewed sex ratios, a common feature in many insects.

Sherif will give a presentation of his research on Wednesday October 26 at 13.30 in the seminar room "Argumentet" (2nd floor, "Ecology Building"). The title of his talk is:

"The Male Killers"

After his scientific talk, there will be a break for about 20 minutes, with ample of time of questions, and after that Sherif will give a brief (c. a. 10 minute) talk about what the Egyptian Revolution earlier this year might mean for science, scientists and academia in Egypt. Sherif lives close to the famous "Tahrir Square" in Cairo, where the dramatic events took place early in 2011, which resulted in the overthrow of the dictatorship and (hopefully) a brighter future for both academics and other citizens in Egypt.

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