Students Staff

27 June 2013

Professor Brian Cox helps launch The Forum Southend-on-Sea

Frontrunners team with award

Professor Brian Cox OBE

Celebrated academic, TV host, author and scientist, Professor Brian Cox OBE is giving the opening lecture at The Forum Southend-on-Sea.

The Wonders of Life and Wonders of the Universe presenter, credited with making science interesting and accessible to a whole new generation of people, is helping to launch the new £27 million public and academic library and learning centre.

Cox is a Professor and Royal Society University Research Fellow at the University of Manchester, as well as researcher on one of the most ambitious experiments on Earth, the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland.

He’s presented numerous hit TV programmes and has even been dubbed the successor to Sir David Attenborough by the man himself.

In a joint statement, The Forum Southend-on-Sea partners: Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, the University of Essex and South Essex College, said: “We are honoured that such a prestigious and magnetic speaker as Professor Cox has agreed to give the inaugural lecture at The Forum Southend-on-Sea.

“This will really help to showcase the new building as a hub of discovery, learning and teaching.

“Professor Cox appeals to everyone – so he is the perfect choice to begin the landmark series of talks to herald the opening of The Forum Southend-on-Sea.”

The multi-award winning physicist and broadcaster Professor Cox will be speaking in the new lecture theatre at 7pm on Monday 30 September – the day The Forum Southend-on-Sea opens to the public for the very first time.

Booking information will be released shortly along with details of the other extra special guest speakers appearing during the opening months of the state-of-the-art building in Elmer Square, Southend.

There are now less than 100 days to go until The Forum Southend-on-Sea opens its doors on – as the first fully integrated public and academic library in Britain.

As well as housing a new public and academic library to replace the existing Southend Central Library it features a new teaching facility for the College and new research and learning facilities for the University.

It will also be the new home for the Focal Point Gallery and includes the lecture theatre for spellbinding speakers starting with Professor Brian Cox.

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