In November the Society holds its prestige lecture given by a speaker of the highest standing. This is a public event and is usually a sell-out. The first was given in 1990 by Dr Richard Dawkins, more recently the list of speakers has included scientists Sir Paul Nurse, Lord Rees of Ludlow and Sir Alec Jefferys, as well as television personalities Dr David Bellamy and Dr Alice Roberts.

The 28th Erasmus Darwin Memorial Lecture
Seeing is believing: One hundred years of visualizing molecules
will be given in the LichfieldGarrick on Thursday, 16th November 2017 by
Sir Venkatraman Ramakrishnan
President of The Royal Society
Deputy Director, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, University of Cambridge

Recent Lectures: 
2016 Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, DBE, FRS
President and Vice Chancellor, The University of Manchester
A Life in Science

2015 Dame Wendy Hall, DBE, FRS, FREng.
Professor of Computer Science, University of Southampton,
Director of the Web Science Institute
The Evolution of the World Wide Web

2014 Sir Colin Blakemore FMedSci HonFRCP HonFRSM HonFSB FRS,
Professor of Neuroscience & Philosophy,
Institute of Philosophy,
School of Advanced Study, University of London.
The Evolution of the Human Brain: A Tale of Two Darwins

2013 Professor Tony Ryan OBE,
Pro-Vice-Chancellor – Pure Science, The University of Sheffield
Project Sunshine

2012 Professor Sir Paul Nurse,
Nobel Laureate, President of the Royal Society, Director and CEO of the Francis Crick Institute
Great Ideas of Biology

2011 Lord Rees of Ludlow,
Master of Trinity College, Cambridge, Astronomer Royal, Past President of The Royal Society
Life and the Cosmos

2010 Sir Alec Jeffreys,
Professor of Genetics and Royal Society Wolfson Research Professor, University of Leicester
Genetic Fingerprinting: Past, Present and Future