Friday 7.5 at 6pm: “How to become a scientist: a user’s guide” by Research Director Adrian Goldman

Dear friend of Arkadia, You are warmly welcome to “How to become a scientist: a user’s guide” by Research Director Adrian Goldman on Friday 7.5 at 6pm.  Please read more about Adrian and the talk below. It will be a truly exceptional presentation by an extraordinary man! Don’t miss it. Warm regards, Ian – Entrance is free and green tea will be served. A donation of €2 (or more!) is suggested and would be VERY welcome. – If you wish to become of a fan of the bookshop you can become one by heading to the link below and clicking in the right places.!/pages/Helsinki-Finland/Arkadia-International-Bookshop-Ian-Bourgeot/114962855198875?ref=mf Adrian Goldman I was born in South Africa and grew up in West Byfleet, Surrey, in the heart of the London dormitory suburbs. I “went up” to Queens’ College Cambridge in 1977 (B.A, Hons 1980) and have been “coming down” ever since. I did my Ph. D at Yale University in the United States (Ph. D., 1985) with Tom Steitz, was an assistant professor at Rutgers University from 1987-1992, and since then I have lived and worked in Finland, first in Turku and since 1999 in Helsinki. I am now a Research Director at the Institute of Biotechnology, specialising in protein structure and x-ray crystallography. My two children, not my science, are undoubtedly my most important accomplishments. As regular frequenters of Arkadia will know, I also direct and act in my not-so-copious spare time. Dance, especially tap and contact improvisation, has also become an important part of my life. My talk “How to become a scientist: a user’s guide” is a biographical and I hope humorous Cook’s tour through my life. I want to use it to demystify science and scientists. Our towers are not made of ivory; indeed, I have only ever worked in one tower and it was standard-issue steel, brick and concrete with glass windows. I will talk about whom I have known, what I have learnt, what it means on a daily level to do research science, why indeed I became a research scientist. Finally, I will try to explain – almost in passing – what my kind of science is; science is as balkanised, as fragmented as social studies or any religion you care to name.