The Open Lecture will be given by
Sir Geoffrey Palmer,
Emeritus Professor at Heriot Watt University.
Jamaica to Scotland in 45 minutes………….a life story
Sir Geoffrey Palmer, Professor Emeritus in the School of Life Sciences, was knighted in the New Year Honours list 2014 for services to human rights, science and charity. Professor Geoff Palmer OBE, is a Heriot-Watt graduate and an expert in cereals who worked in the International Centre for Brewing and Distilling until his retirement. In retirement, Geoff continued to serve the University as a member of Court Committees and outside the university he undertakes charitable work with ex-offenders and is a prominent anti-racism campaigner. He is a Board Member of various organisations such as Hanover Housing, SACRO, Edinburgh and Lothian Regional Equality Council, and Age Scotland. Geoff arrived in London as an immigrant from Jamaica in 1955. After leaving school in London in 1958, he worked and attended evening classes to improve his qualifications. He subsequently entered Leicester, Edinburgh and Heriot Watt Universities where he gained B.Sc., PhD and DSc degrees respectively