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Jonathon Porritt, Brian Cox and Robert Winston Star at the Cheltenham Science Festival

6th June 2011

Professor Robert Winston - scientist and TV presenter, Sir Jonathon Porritt - eminent writer, broadcaster and commentator on sustainable development, and Brian Cox - scientist, TV presenter and musician are some of the leading lights at this year’s Cheltenham Science Festival. All three are knowledgeable and scintillating keynote speakers, who will enthral the crowds at the UK’s most popular science festival.

Jonathon Porritt, Co-Founder of Forum for the Future, and formerly Director of Friends of the Earth, is chairing an event entitled The limits of our planet - 'Living within environmental limits', which he believes is one of the best known ways of explaining what sustainability means.  Porritt examines how far we can push our planet before we reach the boundary of sustainability.

Last year saw the first successful saviour sibling treatment in the UK. A couple selected an embryo that could help cure their seriously ill daughter. A healthy boy was born and saved his sister's life. Fertility expert Robert Winston discusses the ethical and moral considerations of using this kind of treatment.

Winston also examines how a single-celled fertilised egg can turn into a fully-formed human in his incredible exploration of the human journey through the first moments of life.

13.7 billion years old. 93 billion light years wide. It contains over 100 billion galaxies, each containing hundreds of billions of stars. With magnificent footage and breathtaking images, presenter Brian Cox and the BBC’s Head of Science Andrew Cohen reveal how the most fundamental scientific principles and laws explain not only the story of the Universe, but the story of us all.

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