Governor General Lecture Series to be Delivered by Dr. Patrick John Keeling

The Royal Society of Canada is eager to announce that the Governor General Lecture Series will once again take place, beginning in the fall of 2013. 

Established in 2004, the RSC Governor General Lecture Series informs Canadians of recent advances in research, as well as the policy implications of recent discoveries. These lectures are to be presented in English and/or French or bilingually, and at a level which can be appreciated by the general public. The Governor General Lectures Series is the first national research lecture in Canada, and the lectures are organized in exclusive collaboration with the Institutional Members of the Society.

The Society is delighted to announce that Dr. Patrick John Keeling, from The University of British Columbia, will deliver the RSC Governor General’s Lecture Series for 2013-2014. Elected to the Academy of Science in 2012, Dr. Keeling’s scholarship has distinguished him as one of Canada's most groundbreaking microbiologists. Dr. Keeling’s lecture is titled “From coral reefs to malaria: An evolutionary perspective of intracellular parasites.”

Dr. Keeling is a professor of botany at The University of British Columbia. His scholarship focuses on the early evolution of complex cells. Often associated with is work at the Keeling Lab, Dr. Keeling’s research combines exploration of natural diversity with molecular biology and genomics to understand fundamental processes such as metabolism, symbiosis, and gene exchange.

This year’s lectures will be held during the fall semester of 2013 and winter semester of 2014, at the following four institutions: the University of Victoria, the University of Alberta, Concordia University, and Dalhousie University.