Sir David Attenborough was at UCL yesterday and you missed him
He was here to observe the rare sight of a university student actually working
David Attenborough was at UCL yesterday morning to open the newly refurbished Earth and Sciences building.
During the opening it was announced that UCL Scientists are naming a newly discovered plankton after David Attenborough's famous TV program Blue Planet.
— Farrah Mary Lawrence (@farrah_lawrence) April 17, 2018
The tiny organism, discovered in the South Atlantic, will be known as Syracosphaera azureaplaneta – which for you non-Latin speakers just means Blue Planet.
It is thought that this is the first time a organism has been named after a television show.
— Matthew Fox (@apatite4life) April 17, 2018
Presumably now that the trend has been started, very soon scientists will be naming a new strain of chlamydia after Love Island.
Sir David said it was "a great compliment" to have the plankton named after the show and that he hoped it would spread awareness about the import role plankton serve in the ocean's eco-system.
"If you said plankton … is more important to our atmosphere than the whole of the rainforest, which I think is true, people would be astonished."
We were honoured to host Sir David Attenborough yesterday for the re-opening ceremony of the Kathleen Lonsdale Building, home to UCL Earth Sciences. Sir David talked about the natural world, conservation, and his passion for scientific discovery to an enthralled audience of students and staff. ⠀⠀⠀ UCL researchers bestowed an honour on Sir David Attenborough and his documentary team by naming a newly discovered ocean plankton Syracosphaera azureaplaneta, after the critically acclaimed BBC Blue Planet series. Click the link in our bio to find out more. #AttenboroughatUCL ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀📷: @kirsten_holst ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ #loveUCL #ucl #universitycollegelondon #attenborough #sirdavidattenborough #davidattenborough #blueplanet #research #kathleenlonsdalebuilding
Professor Paul Bown explained their choice to name the plankton after the TV program: "We felt [plankton] were the unseen stars of the series-hidden in plain view because of their minuscule size- but representing the beating heart of the oceans."
The re-building of the Katheleen Lonsdale building is one of the major works of the Transforming UCL initiative.
The building has been extended so that it can now accommodate the entire Earth Sciences department which previously had to been split into two different buildings.
Staff showed off their new labs by giving David Attenborough a quick lesson on earthquakes.
David Attenborough opens the newly refurbished @ES_UCL Kathleen Lonsdale Building after giving a phenomenal q&a session. And I got to teach David some stuff about earthquakes in the lab! Amazing day!! @UCL_Seismolab pic.twitter.com/iLV02lRwyg
— Tom Mitchell (@TomatronMitch) April 17, 2018
That's right, even Sir David is forced to go to lectures.
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