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2006: Dr Ian Gibson MP

Dr Ian Gibson gave a wide-ranging exposition of the concerns he had for science and technology education, ranging from 'Two Cultures' to 'Inquiry-based Learning'.
When Jun 15, 2006
from 05:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Where London
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Dr Ian Gibson

On 15th June 2006, Dr Ian Gibson presented the second Owers Lecture at Oracle's city office in Moorgate.

Topics he discussed included:

  • Tools and Technology
  • Two Cultures
  • Science and Technology Education
  • Failure and Inspiration
  • The Importance of Projects
  • Ingenuity and Creativity
  • New Schools and Old Universities
  • The Importance of Manual Skills
  • Inquiry-based Learning

Ian Gibson studied at Dumfries Academy in Scotland and continued at Edinburgh University where he gained a doctorate in genetics. He headed a research team investigating various forms of cancer at the University of East Anglia and remains an Honorary Professor. Elected MP for Norwich North in 1997, Ian has been Chair, House of Commons Select Committee for Science and Chair, Parliamentary and Scientific Committee (1999 - 2002) .

He was described by Andrew Roth in The Guardian as:

"an important and active scientific voice in the Commons"