Vivienne Parry

Key Takeaways:

What Albert Camus’ The Plague can teach us: ‘The plague has its good sides; it opens men’s eyes and forces them to take thought.’

The pace of change is accelerating exponentially – what might have taken decades is happening now in weeks

Science is often considered to be a lone sport, but in reality collaboration is key because solutions are never found in one discipline alone.

The Gift:

Check out 33:31 to see the beautiful floral arrangement Vivienne made just for SHINEfest along with a small bouquet of rosemary for remembering.

‘We mustn’t forget this time, because I think it’s opening new windows for us. And the thing that we’ve been thinking – if we can think in a way that gets past the immediate dramas and the appalling tragedies and loss that we’re seeing – if we can go past that and remember a time that has given us so much thinking time, so much time for creativity and innovation, if we can remember that, then this period of time will not have been such a terrible loss.’



Vivienne Parry is a writer and broadcaster.  A scientist by training, her career is extraordinarily diverse.  She has presented Tomorrow’s World, BBCTV’s iconic science show, Panorama and morning telly, she has written and presented hundreds of programmes for Radio 4, she has been a columnist for the Times, Guardian and News of the World.  She has been an agony aunt for Good Housekeeping and a consumer columnist for Woman’s Own. She’s run major events and worked with the Princess of Wales for 12 years. She has been Vice Chair of Council at UCL. And she’s talked about science to anyone who will listen.

Today you will find her involved in the trust of the public at Genomics England where she has a part time role as Head of Engagement, on the board of UKRI, the body responsible for the strategic spend of the UK’s £7 billion research budget, facilitating global conferences including the G8, European Commission and World Economic Forum, and training young scientists.  She has a thing about plants and she is still talking about science to anyone who will listen.

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