As part of Eastbourne College’s 150th anniversary celebrations Professor Lord Winston visited and gave a lecture to the whole school on Tuesday 28 November. Professor Winston initially 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.
Below are some of the pupils’ observations about his visit:
“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 and other members of the wider College community, 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.