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Royal Society Prof Athene Donald at ASE Annual Conference

21 November 2011

Royal Society Prof Athene Donald at ASE Annual Conference

THE Royal Society Keynote Speech at the ASE’S Annual Conference in Liverpool in January will be delivered by Professor Athene Donald DBE FRS.

She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1999, and having served on various committees for them over the years, including their Council, she currently chairs their Education Committee.

She also serves on the University of Cambridge Council and is their Gender Equality Champion. 

Prof Athene Donald has been at the university’s Department of Physics Cavendish Laboratory since 1983, and became a professor there in 1998. Her activity sits within the sector of Biological and Soft Systems, and focuses on using the ideas of soft matter physics to study a wide range of systems of both synthetic and biological origin. There is a substantial emphasis on various kinds of microscopy in her research.

Her early research focussed on synthetic polymers, but the bulk of her work is now directed at biological problems, using a range of techniques and spanning from studying individual molecules (protein aggregation), through cellular biophysics to recent work on whole tissues and organisms (such as the study of bacteria and leaves in the Environmental Scanning Electron Microscope). The unifying theme of the different research projects is to understand the interplay of structure and function.

She was appointed a DBE in the 2010 Birthday Honours List.

Keep visiting this website where further key speakers at the ASE Annual Conference will be announced shortly. 

Book your place at the annual conference to see her on Thursday 5 January from 11.30am to 12.30am in the Leggatt Theatre of the Victoria Gallery and Museum.