Text full multimedia monochrome

First time here?

Find out more about how The Lecture List works.

Coronavirus situation update

Our lecture organisers may or may not have had time to update their events with cancellation notices. Clearly social gatherings are to be avoided and that includes lectures. STAY AT HOME FOLKS, PLEASE.


Find out what you can do to keep The Lecture List online

Who needs men anyway?

Cafe Scientifique is a place where, over cup of coffee or a glass of wine, anyone can come to explore science and technology. To join in, just turn up, get a drink, and get involved in the discussion.

The idea of a world without men is a popular theme in science fiction, but now advances in scientific research could mean that in the future these fantasy worlds become reality. How might recent developments in science change the way we reproduce? And what ethical questions might our quests for alternative reproduction bring to light?
This café explores the possibility of reproduction without men and how this might drastically alter their role in society. Are men in danger of becoming a dying breed?
Professor Steve Jones from University College London has written widely on the topic of the genetic weakness of man. Professor Karim Nayernia’s fertility and stem cell research has produced the first lab-made sperm. Professor John Harris is an expert in the bioethics of using human cells for medical research. Gwyneth Jones, science fiction and fantasy writer, will be asking how the reality of a world without men might compare with the fiction.


Professor Steve Jones | talks | www
Professor Karim Nayernia | talks | www
Professor John Harris | talks | www
Gwyneth Jones | talks | www


Date and Time:

29 June 2010 at 5:45 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



Queen Elizabeth Hall
Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road

Show map

Organised by:

The Royal Society
See other talks organised by The Royal Society...




Available from:

no tickets required

Additional Information:

To join in, just turn up, get a drink, and get involved in the discussion.

Register to tell a friend about this lecture.


If you would like to comment about this lecture, please register here.


Any ad revenue is entirely reinvested into the Lecture List's operating fund