Oxford Astra Zeneca Scientists Join Life Lessons Line Up

Professor Sarah Gilbert and Dr Catherine Green appearing at Chiswick House Event

Professor Sarah Gilbert. Picture: University of Oxford/John Cairns


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Professor Sarah Gilbert and Dr Catherine Green, from the team of scientists behind the development of the Oxford vaccine, are to join an array of famous faces on stage at Life Lessons 2021.

Life Lessons, the festival which aims to help people live well, will take place at Chiswick House & Gardens between 16 - 18 July 2021. Previously, visitors to the festival packed out the Barbican Centre, but this year visitors will enjoy the great outdoors instead.

Sessions across the three days will cover diverse themes from health and happiness to general well-being after lockdown. Lectures will also centre on how we can live better together, and how we live better for the planet.

Other 2021 guest speakers include Dr Rangan Chatterjee, Brian Cox, and Claudia Winkleman.

In 2020, the line-up drew household names such as illusionist Derren Brown, comedian and author Romesh Ranganathan and actor and mental health campaigner Ruby Wax who will return to Life Lessons for a second year in 2021.

Joining Ruby will be Oxford University’s Professor Sarah Gilbert and Dr Catherine Green, the scientists behind the development of the Oxford vaccine, who will share their insights on how the pandemic has changed science, people and the planet, to coincide with the publication of their book VAXXERS: The Inside Story of the Oxford Vaccine and the Race Against the Virus.

Other attendees confirmed for Life Lessons 2021 include former Mayor of Sheffield Magid Magid, author and TV personality Dr Rangan Chatterjee and Psychologist Kimberley. On Saturday 17 July, Professor Brian Cox will take to the stage to reflect on the life lessons that scientific study of the universe has taught him about planet Earth.

Life Lessons will be one of the first festivals in London to go ahead as a physical event in 2021. Festival organisers say they have already taken all precautionary measures to keep visitors safe, including controlling visitor capacity & introducing timed sessions. Rigorous cleaning is scheduled to take place between sessions and hand-sanitisers will be available at visible points around the festival site.

The new outdoor set up will see the main bulk of the action taking place on a purpose built stage, flanked by a spacious outdoor seating area which allows views of the lake. There will also be a range of off-stage activities taking place over the course of the festival. Lexus will be hosting outdoor mindfulness sessions which will include origami workshops during the day, and 20 minute meditation sessions in the evening with Christoph Spiessens. Visitors will also have the opportunity to address imbalances in their lifestyle at Dr K’s CBD Lifestyle Clinic, where Dr K’s team will be on hand to guide visitors towards changes that could improve overall wellbeing and happiness.

Tickets for Life Lessons 2021 can be purchased online now.

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May 2, 2021

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