SEB Seville 2019

Plenary Lecturers

Each year at our Annual Meeting, we honour George Parker Bidder and Harold Woolhouse with two key Plenary Lectures. These lectures, along with the Cell Biology Plenary Lecture, are given by scientists prominent in their field and are nominated by the committees of their respective sections.

This year's Plenary Lecturers are:

Bidder Lecture - Terrie Williams

Terrie Williams

Talk title: Touching extinction: Biological Achilles' heels and the survival of big, fierce animals


Terrie M. Williams, PhD is a comparative ecophysiologist at the University of California- Santa Cruz. She is the Director of the Center for Marine Mammal Research and Conservation at UCSC. For the past 30 years her research has investigated the physiology of large mammalian predators. Specifically, Dr. Williams and students are trying to understand “how animals survive” in a world that is constantly changing. By examining the functional relationships between animals and their environment, these researchers hope to understand the ecological significance of a species and the physiological adaptive changes that may be necessary for its survival. Her publication credits include over 100 scientific articles a recent book, “The Odyssey of KP2” (Penguin Press) detailing her efforts to save the endangered Hawaiian monk seal.

Woolhouse Lecture - Liam Dolan

Liam Dolan


Liam Dolan graduated with a BSc degree in Botany at University College Dublin. He carried out PhD research on plant developmental genetics at the University of Pennsylvania with Scott Poethig. After 13 years running his own research group at the John Innes Centre in Norwich, he moved to the University of Oxford as the Sherardian Professor of Botany in 2009. He was elected fellow of the Royal Society in 2014. His research identifies mechanisms controlling development of cells that elongate by tip-growth and investigates how these mechanisms evolved in the course of plant evolution.

Cell Biology Plenary Lecture - Nick Talbot

Nick Talbot

Talk title: Investigating the cell biology of invasive growth by the rice blast fungus Magnaporthe oryzae


Nick Talbot is Executive Director of The Sainsbury Laboratory. His research is focused on the biology of plant diseases and he utilises a range of cell biology, genetics and genomics approaches in his work. Nick is interested in fungal infection-related development and understanding how fungi are able to invade plant tissue and suppress plant immunity. His main contributions to have have been associated with understanding the biology of the rice blast fungus Magnaporthe oryzae. He has authored more than 150 scientific papers and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2014.