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Thames Valley branch

The Annual General Meeting of the RSB Thames Valley branch, followed by an online talk

Join the RSB Thames Valley branch committee as they look back briefly over the year and look forward to the next at their Annual General Meeting, followed by a lecture delivered by Dr Chris G Faulkes, reader in evolutionary ecology at Queen Mary, University of London.

Talk overview

Naked mole-rats are a unique and long-lived “social-insect like” mammal with extreme adaptations to living underground in the arid regions of East Africa.

A multitude of unique biological features in naked mole-rats enable the telling of a fascinating scientific story in a holistic way: how ecological and environmental factors have driven their subterranean lifestyle and social behaviour - they are found in colonies that may contain up to 300 individuals, yet only a single female, the queen, breeds. With this lifestyle comes a raft of unusual physiological and biochemical adaptations which are now impacting on studies of human health and healthy ageing.

This talk, delivered by Dr Chris G Faulkes, reader in evolutionary ecology at Queen Mary, University of London, will be preceded by the Thames Valley branch Annual General Meeting.


All are welcome to attend the AGM, but only Thames Valley branch members will be able to vote. The AGM is a chance for members and non-members to come together to talk to the committee and hear about updates in their activities and finances, and to plan for the year ahead. You can download an agenda ahead of the meeting.

Cost and booking

This event is free to attend and open to all. Advance registration is essential through the link at the top of the page. The meeting joining link will be circulated with registered attendees ahead of the event.


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