University of Manchester

Tuesday 19 September 2017

The University of Manchester and British Council




President and Vice Chancellor, The University of Manchester


Nobel Laureate

Part of the British Council 'Knowledge is GREAT' Lecture Series

The evening will be hosted by the President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Manchester, Professor Nancy Rothwell and Professor Andre Geim, joint holder of a Nobel Prize in Physics for his work discovering Graphene. It will be a wonderful opportunity to hear from Professor Rothwell and Professor Geim, as they tell us about recent and future developments as well as current and emerging links in Singapore.


The event will be held on Tuesday, 19 September 2017. Registration willl commence promptly at 6.30 p.m.

Venue: Gallery Theatre, The National Museum of Singapore

93 Stamford Road, Singapore 178897
Time: 6.30 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.

Pre-booking is essential and places are limited.

Please note: Timings may vary.

All registrations are subject to availability. We reserve the right to limit and/or refuse registration without assigning any reason. We will confirm all valid registrations with a reminder email. If you do not receive a reminder email but have a valid registration please email us at education@britishcouncil.org.sg for confirmation before arriving at the venue. 


Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, FRS, President and Vice-Chancellor

Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell was born in Tarleton, near Preston, and educated at Penwortham Girls' Grammar School. She obtained a first class degree in Physiology, a PhD and a DSc from the University of London. In 1984, she was awarded a Royal Society Research Fellowship and was awarded a Chair in Physiology at Manchester in 1994, then a prestigious Medical Research Council Chair in 1998. She has served as president of the British Neuroscience Association, a council member of the MRC, BBSRC, the Academy of Medical Sciences and Cancer Research UK.

In 1999, Dame Nancy was elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and is an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Physicians; in 2003 she won the prestigious Pfizer Research Prize, in 2004 was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society and in 2005 was honoured with a DBE. She is a member of the Royal Society Council, Vice-President of the Royal Society, Chair of the Royal Society Education Committee, President of the Society of Biology and a non-executive director of AstraZeneca.

Dame Nancy began her research career in the field of obesity and metabolism, an area in which she rapidly acquired an international reputation. More recently, she has investigated how brain cells are damaged as a result of several different diseases, such as stroke and Alzheimer's.

Dame Nancy takes a strong and active interest in public communication of science and regularly gives talks to school and the public, and contributes to television, radio and press, particularly on sensitive issues in science. In 1998, she delivered the Royal Institution Christmas Lecture, televised by the BBC.

Professor Sir Andre Geim, FRS


Professor of Condensed Matter Physics

School of Physics and Astronomy

Research focus:
Graphene and other two-dimensional materials.

Sir Andre Geim is the Regius Professor and Royal Society Research Professor at The University of Manchester. He has received many international awards and distinctions, including the John Carty Prize from the US National Academy of Sciences and the Copley Medal from the Royal Society. Most notably, he was awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics for his groundbreaking work on graphene.

Andre Geim was born in Russia in 1958 to German parents and holds dual British and Dutch citizenship. He started his academic career in Moscow, spent several years as a postdoctoral researcher at the universities of Nottingham, Bath and Copenhagen and then moved to the Netherlands as associate professor before coming to Manchester in 2001.

During his career, Andre Geim has published many research papers, of which more than 15 are cited over 1,000 times and two cited over 10,000 times. The latter two are now in the list of 100 mostcited research papers in human history. Thomson-Reuters repeatedly named him among the world’s most active scientists and attribute to him the initiation of three new research fronts – diamagnetic levitation, gecko tape and graphene.

Andre was also awarded the IgNobel prize in 2000 for his work on levitating frogs, becoming the only recipient of both Nobel and IgNobel Prizes. He has also received both Dutch and British knighthoods. He is married to a fellow physicist and long-term collaborator and has a daughter.