PROFESSOR Jennifer Thomson from the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology and an authority on genetically modified foods, has been invited as a keynote speaker to the prestigious World Life Sciences Forum in Lyons, France, in April next year.
"I'm thrilled. It is a huge honour," Thomson told Monday Paper. "The Forum is organised by bioVision and is considered as the 'Davos' of life sciences."
The gathering takes place every two years and features four main sessions; each comprising sections on science, society and industry. Thomson will address a science section at one of the main sessions and her topic is Securing Enough Safe Food.
The list of previous speakers reads like a Who's Who and includes Nobel Peace Prize winner (1970) Professor Norman Borlaug, Dr Gro Harlem-Brundtland, Director-General of the World Health Organisation, Raymond Barre, a former French Prime Minister, and Dr Willam Haseltine, Chair and Chief Executive Officer of Human Genome Sciences, Inc.