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Professor Lord Winston at Eastbourne College

The College was delighted to
welcome Professor Lord Winston as the guest speaker at our 150th anniversary
lecture. Professor Winston spent an hour in the science centre, observing young
scientists conducting experiments, talking to them about their work and career
aspirations, and even showing the pupils how to slice the thinnest of samples
for observation under a microscope.

Here is what some of the pupils
that attended the lab session said:

“I really enjoyed meeting Professor Winston. I was thrilled when he took the time to look down the
microscope and ask me questions on the practical I was doing, and showed
genuine interest when he asked me about my future career plans. The lab session
was wonderful, giving me insights into Professor Winston’s work into fertility
and his thoughts on how he chose his field. He is an inspiration”. Abigail
Thompson (Lower Sixth).

“The school talk was really
amazing, sharing his experience with us was incredibly interesting. Using his
own personal examples, he talked about the ethical debate of medicine and life,
which was full of wisdom and hope. I hope that he would consider coming back
not only to give talks, but to inspire young budding scientists and doctors”.
Goh Shieh Yeow (Lower Sixth).

“I thought his visit to the lab
was very beneficial and intellectually stimulating because he took the time to
explain current complex research in stem cell development and also showed an
interest in the heart dissection I was carrying out by asking some thought
provoking questions”. Gui Raphael (Upper Sixth).

After the lab lesson, the whole College, including members of the
Eastbournian Society, gathered for the lecture and question and answer session,
in which Professor Winston shared some of his experiences, wisdom, and
predictions for the future, along with his passion for science, particularly
his first love, supporting the very first stages of life. The evening was a
wonderful event, and one which none of our extended College family will forget.