First Roscoe Lecture of the Bicentenary year given to hundreds at St George's Hall

WATCH: Professor Andy Newsam and Ngunan Adamu on opening and hosting the first Roscoe Lecture of our Bicentenary year.  

An audience of hundreds gave a rapturous response to the first Roscoe Lecture of LJMU's Bicentenary year.  

Professor Andy Newsam delivered his address at St George's Hall in our first in-person Roscoe Lecture since before the pandemic. 

The astrophysicist who is the LJMU Director of the National Schools’ Observatory, educated and inspired the audience with his lecture “A Universe for All.” 

Sir Jon Murphy, who delivered his own Roscoe Lecture in 2016 welcomed back the audience “after quite some time” and introduced Professor Andy Newsham. The astrophysicist then began his lecture, as he explained: “This evening, I’m going to be talking, not just about space, but why understanding space is important to us all.” 

Former alumni and now BBC Radio Merseyside presenter and producer, Ngunan Adamu also facilitated a Q&A with audience members and Andy, following the lecture, with complex questions including how does Astronomy cross connect with faith and religion and is there life on other planets asked to the astrophysicist.

You can watch Professor Andy Newsam's full Roscoe Lecture

Download and listen to the “Universe for All” podcast episode on LJMU’s 1823 Podcast

Further Roscoe events

LJMU will host two more Roscoe events in our Bicentennary year with LJMU Chancellor Nisha Katona MBE, on Thursday 25 May and the return of Professor the Lord Alton of Liverpool, (who founded the Roscoe Lecture Series,) on 5 October. As part of the Bicentenary celebrations, Lord Alton will look back over 25 years of Roscoe Lectures and events which have provided an open platform for debate on topics of public interest and played an important part in the intellectual life of Merseyside. 

You can sign-up to the Roscoe mailing list to receive updates about the events. Registration information is usually sent out six weeks prior to the event date. 


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