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Professor Adam Hart launches first Public Lecture Series at the University of Gloucestershire

PUBLISHED: 16:34 06 January 2015 | UPDATED: 16:34 06 January 2015

Adam Hart, Professor of Science Communication at the University of Gloucestershire (Picture by Clint Randall

Adam Hart, Professor of Science Communication at the University of Gloucestershire (Picture by Clint Randall

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Adam Hart, Professor of Science Communication at the University of Gloucestershire, will launch the university’s Public Lecture Series on January 21 2015 with his lecture ‘The wonderful and surprising world of ants and bees’.

Well-known as a presenter of BBC programmes Planet Ant and Hive Alive, as well as for his work on animal personality for Radio 4’s Frontiers series, Adam will talk about the fascinating and diverse world of insects.

With tales of giant Mafia ants, colonies of 22 million army ants and stingless bees who imprison virgin queens, Adam’s lecture will explore these highly developed insect communities and mark the beginning of the Public Lecture Series, which will showcase of the university’s most interesting and innovative work.

Adam said: “Most insects live alone but some, such as ants and honeybees, live in the most spectacular societies, which can involve talking with smells and communicating with dance. Whether it is sister bees falling out with each other in spectacular style or fire ants making boats of their own bodies, these insect worlds are full of complex architecture and highly efficient agriculture, and have much to teach us about nature.”

Adam studied Natural Sciences and has a PhD in social insect behaviour. His work on conflicts within the largest ant species in the world took him to Mexico, Brazil and Panama. Adam was awarded a personal chair in Science Communication in 2012, due to his work with schools and national organisations, including BBC television and radio.

The lecture will take place at 6pm on January 21 2015 in Lecture Theatre TC014 at the university’s Park Campus in Cheltenham, with reception drinks at 5pm in Elwes Reception. To book your place, visit:

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