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Guest Speaker: Professor Sir David Klenerman FMedSci FRS, Department of Chemistry at the University of Cambridge

Daniell Lecture 2022

Our Daniell Lectures are delivered by internationally renowned scientists and cover a topic of current interest and excitement. Speakers are chosen not only for their outstanding contribution to modern scientific knowledge, but also for their ability to communicate the essence of their research to a young audience. This lecture is aimed at teachers and school students from the ages of 15 - 18, who are interested in studying Chemistry at university.

We are delighted to announce that our speaker this year is Professor Sir David Klenerman FMedSci FRS, from the Department of Chemistry at the University of Cambridge.

Title: 'The story behind the development of next generation DNA sequencing’

Abstract: This talk will describe the journey of discovery and scientific breakthroughs that now allows human genomes to be sequenced over one million times faster than in the year 2000. It will then show examples of how this innovation is transforming medicine and our basic understanding of life.


15:00 – 17:00: Arrival and reception in the Franklin-Wilkins Building (Food and drink available on the 1st floor). Lab tours available for those that have booked tour tickets.  

Tours and Lab Demos

As part of the Daniell Lecture, we will be holding building tours of our Franklin-Wilkins Building. Each group will be met by a King’s College student ambassador. The tour will also include a lab demo for students and teachers. Below are the times for each tour:

  • Tour 1 with lab demo: 15:30-15:45
  • Tour 2 with lab demo: 15:45-16:00
  • Tour 3 with lab demo: 16:00-16:15

Please note, a pre booked ticket will be required for the building tours and lab demos. These tickets can only be pre booked online as there are limited spaces. Ticket information can be found when registering for the event.

17:00 – 18:00: Lecture by Professor Sir David Klenerman FMedSci FRS - The story behind the development of next generation DNA sequencing

18.00: Close

The Daniell Lecture is delivered by the Department of Chemistry at King's, and sponsored by the Chilterns & Middlesex branch of the Royal Society of Chemistry. Since its genesis in 1995, this lecture series is in memory of John Frederic Daniell, who was appointed the first Professor of Chemistry at King’s College London. The first chemical laboratory was founded a few years later in 1834. Daniell remained at King's until 1845 and in 1846 the Daniell Scholarship was founded in his honour. Daniell invented the first electrochemical cell, laying down the foundations of the study of electrochemistry and hence influencing the study of Physical Chemistry. Today, the cell named after him, the ‘Daniell Cell’, can be found in Chemistry text books in schools and colleges the world over.

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Event details

Franklin-Wilkins Building
150 Stamford Street London, SE1 9NH