Published on 22/05/2023
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Nobel Laureate Peter Agre
  • Nobel Laureate Peter Agre to deliver Aston University's inaugural Distinguished Lecture on 25 May 2023
  • Agre will speak on his discovery of aquaporin channels and its importance in research
  • The lecture aims to bring influential speakers to the University to address major scientific breakthroughs, social, cultural, and policy issues.

Aston University is proud to announce that Nobel Laureate Peter Agre will deliver the inaugural Aston University Annual Distinguished Lecture on 25 May 2023. 

The lecture, established by Vice-Chancellor Professor Aleks Subic, aims to bring influential speakers to the University to address major scientific breakthroughs, as well as social, cultural and policy issues.

Peter Agre, an American physician and molecular biologist, will deliver a keynote address on his discovery of the aquaporin channels and its significance in informing science in this important area of research. 

Agre is a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Director of the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 2003 for his groundbreaking discovery.

Professor Aleks Subic, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive at Aston University, said: 

"I am thrilled that Professor Peter Agre, Nobel Laureate and renowned physician and molecular biologist, will be delivering the Aston University inaugural Annual Distinguished Lecture.  This annual event is a testament to our commitment to bring the best and brightest minds in the world to our campus to engage with our community on important issues that shape our world.  

“I am certain that Professor Agre's talk on his ground-breaking work that has inspired and enabled breakthroughs in bioscience worldwide, including at Aston University, will be a fascinating event."

The lecture will take place on the Aston University campus to an audience of invited guests, followed by a drinks reception and private dinner. 

A recording of the lecture will be made available on the Aston University website at a later date. 

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About Aston University

Founded in 1895 and a university since 1966, Aston is a long established university led by its three main beneficiary groups – students, business and the professions, and the West Midlands region and wider society. Located in Birmingham at the heart of a vibrant city, the campus houses all the University’s academic, social and accommodation facilities for our students. Professor Aleks Subic is the Vice-Chancellor & Chief Executive.

Aston University is ranked 22nd in the UK in the Guardian University Guide, based on measures including entry standards, student satisfaction, research quality and graduate prospects. The Aston Business School MBA programme was ranked in the top 100 in the world in the Economist MBA 2021 ranking.

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