Professor Jane Goodall

Agora Speaker Series 2021 - Professor Jane Goodall

Stem: a plant without roots?

The prioritisation of STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) in education policy has recently been intensified through increases in fees for tertiary education courses in the Humanities. This talk is concerned with how the downgrading of Humanities disciplines risks a deterioration in all forms of knowledge development. I will explore historical examples of research in which the fusion arts and science disciplines as resulted in transformed models of understanding. These include the work of the pioneering early C20th neuroscientist Ramon Y Cajal, and the Renaissance polymath Leonardo da Vinci.