Lunch

Tuesday 22 February 2022

12:30

Matt Ridley

Award winning author, former science editor of the Economist, PhD in Zoology

The Search for the Origin of Covid-19

Understanding how Covid-19 started is crucial in safeguarding us against the next epidemic.

Together with Alina Chan, a postdoctoral researcher with a background in medical genetics, synthetic biology and vector engineering, Matt details the search for the origin of Covid-19. The story reads like a thriller and we are delighted Matt is with us to bring it to life.

Matt Ridley

Matt worked for the Economist for nine years as science editor, Washington correspondent and American editor, before becoming a self-employed writer and businessman.

He was founding chairman of the International Centre for Life in Newcastle and non-executive chairman of Northern Rock plc and Northern 2 VCT plc. He founded the Mind and Matter column in the Wall Street Journal and has been a weekly columnist for The Telegraph and The Times. He sits in the House of Lords as a Conservative and was a member of Science and Technology select committee from 2014-2017.

His books, including TheĀ Red Queen, Genome, The Rational Optimist, How Innovation Works, have sold over a million copies, been translated into 31 languages and won several awards.

'What a superb writer he is, and he seems to get better and better'

Richard Dawkins