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  • Date and time: Saturday 19 June 2021, 7.30pm to 8.30pm
  • Location: Online
  • Admission: Free admission, booking required

Event details

From star-nosed moles that have super-sensing snouts to electric eels that paralyse their prey, animals possess unique and extraordinary abilities.

Kenneth Catania, author of Great Adaptations, will take an entertaining and engaging look at some of nature’s most remarkable creatures.  Kenneth has spent his career conducting biological detective work to solve the mysteries behind tentacled snakes, tiny shrews, zombie-making wasps, and more.

He will show not only how studying these animals can provide deep insights into how life evolved, but also how scientific discovery can be filled with adventure and fun. Join him for a wondrous journey into nature’s grand designs.


This event is hosted live on Zoom Webinar. You’ll receive a link to join a couple of days before the event takes place and a reminder an hour before. During the event, you can ask questions via a Q&A function but audience cameras and microphones will remain muted throughout.


Book sales

You can buy copies of many of our speakers’ books from Fox Lane Books, a local independent bookseller and Festival partner.  In some cases, author signed bookplates are available too.  

About the speaker

Kenneth Catania is the Stevenson Professor of Biological Sciences at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, USA, and a 2006 MacArthur Fellow.


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