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Guardian Hay Festival 2010

26 May 2010

Professor Sir Martin EvansProfessor Sir Martin Evans

Two internationally-renowned University academics are set to showcase their research at the world famous literary Guardian Hay Festival this weekend.

University President, Nobel Prize winner and Fellow of the Royal Society, Professor Sir Martin Evans will be making the first of two appearances at 4pm on Monday 31 May on the Guardian Stage. Sir Martin will be using the Cardiff University lecture to discuss his work on how to culture embryonic stem cells, the knockout mouse and the related technology of gene targeting.

At 8.15pm Sir Martin, who won the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 2007 for his ground-breaking discoveries concerning embryonic stem cells and DNA recombination in mammals, will be back on the Guardian Stage taking part in the Guardian and Wellcome Trust Science Debate: Ten Years of the Human Genome. Together with Nobel Laureate John Sulston, who won the Prize in 2002 for his mapping of the human genome, and Michael Morgan the former Chief Executive of the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus, he will ponder on a decade of discovery and what’s yet to come. The event will be chaired by Robin McKie, the Observer's Science Editor.

Professor Sioned DaviesProfessor Sioned Davies

On Sunday 6 June, Professor Sioned Davies, Head of the School of Welsh will be wowing audiences with one of Wales’ literary gems – the White Book of Rhydderch. Professor Davies will be at The Ritzy introducing this priceless Welsh manuscript, which includes the world-renowned ‘Mabinogi’ tales.

The annual Hay Festival takes place in Hay on Wye from Thursday 27th May to Sunday 6 June 2010. It brings together writers, comedians and musicians that have the capacity to change our lives. To book tickets for these events visit: www.hayfestival.com/wales

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