Mr Darwin's Big Idea

( Dr Matthew Jebb, National Botanical Gardens )

Location: National Botanical Gardens Education and Visitor Centre.

( Glasnevin Dublin )

Audience: Public

Date: Thursday 12th February 2009 3pm

Contact: Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin 9. Phone: +353 (0)1 804 0319.

This event was a resounding success with over 250 people turning up to mark Darwin's 200th Birthday. In order to accommodate the eager audiences Dr. Mattthew Jebb delivered the presentation twice! 


 The 12th February 2009 is the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth. In celebration of this event, Dr Matthew Jebb, Keeper of the Herbarium at the National Botanic Gardens, will give an introduction to Darwin's life and discoveries. His big idea was that Natural Selection provided the mechanism for Evolution. Today his remarkable achievement and insights are often misunderstood and unappreciated by many, and yet they provide the foundation upon which all biological theory has been built these last 150 years.

A special small Exhibition of Charles Darwin's correspondence with David Moore of the National Botanic Gardens will also be launched on this day.