University of Leicester eBulletin

Two Billion Years of Sex, Violence and Death

August 2002
No 175

A morning of sex and an afternoon of violence and death are promised at the BA Festival of Science 2002, held at the University of Leicester between 9-13 September.

Drawing on fossil records going back two billion years, University geologists will be exploring the age-old themes of “Sex, violence and death in the history of life”, and their effects on evolutionary changes.

In spite of the ominous title of these particular sessions, the overall theme for the BA Festival is “Quality of life”. This is the UK’s biggest science festival, held annually at different universities throughout the country.  This year’s event will attract 400 top international scientists and science communicators and reveal the latest developments in research.  

A total of 3,000 delegates are expected to attend the event at the University, as well as thousands of students of all ages and members of the public interested in science.

The Festival returns to the University of Leicester for the third time since 1921, during a year in which the University is celebrating its 80th anniversary.

To find out more about the BA Festival of Science and how to book to come and take part, see the website: or contact 0207 973 3052.

NOTE TO EDITORS:   Further information is available from the BA website,, or from the University of Leicester Press Office, telephone 0116 252 2415, facsimile 0116 252 2485, email

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