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Radio 4's Today programme to feature researchers from BBSRC Strategically Funded Institute IBERS

BBC Radio 4’s flagship Today news and current affairs programme will be broadcasting live from Aberystwyth University on Thursday morning 17 May 2018.

Presenter Justin Webb will co-present the programme from Aberystwyth Arts Centre on Penglais campus in front of a live audience of 150 staff, students and local people.

The programme can be heard live on BBC Radio Four between 6am-9am on Thursday 17 May or later on BBC iPlayer Radio.

A range of items with University staff and student contributors are expected to feature in the programme, including:

  • Dr Gwion Evans from the Department of Mathematics will present the daily puzzle feature at around 6:45am.
  • Microbiologist Dr Arwyn Edwards from the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) will start a live DNA sequencing test around 6.50am using samples of earth from Justin Webb’s garden and Plas Penglais. The findings will be broadcast live on air shortly before 9am.
  • The Vice-Chancellor of Aberystwyth University, Professor Elizabeth Treasure, is due to be interviewed between 7am8am.
  • Dr Fiona Corke from the National Plant Phenomics Centre at IBERS will be discussing the work done at the Phenomics glasshouse in Gogerddan, with a particular focus on drought resistance and plants that thrive in low nutrient environments.
  • Professor Richard Marggraf Turley from the Department of English & Creative Writing will be interviewed around 8:45am on Shakespeare’s King Lear and the psychotoxic wheat mimicker ‘darnel’ – Latin name ‘Lolium temulentum L’. Resembling wheat, if it wasn’t pulled out and got baked into bread – so-called ‘hot bread’ – it made people hallucinate.

The Welsh Government Cabinet Secretary for Education, Kirsty Williams AM, will also be in Aberystwyth for an interview with Justin Webb.

For more information about the Today programme, please see the BBC Radio 4 website:


Further Information:
Arthur Dafis, Communications and Public Affairs, Aberystwyth University 
01970 621763

About Aberystwyth University
Established in 1872, Aberystwyth is a leading teaching and research university. It was named University of the Year for Teaching Quality in The Times | Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018. In the 2017 National Student Survey, Aberystwyth was ranked the best in Wales and one of the top five mainstream universities in the UK for overall student satisfaction. The latest Research Excellence Framework in 2014 reported that 95% of the research activity submitted by Aberystwyth was of an internationally recognised standard or higher. The University is a community of around 10,000 students and 2,000 staff committed to delivering teaching that inspires, research with excellence that makes an impact, engaging the world, working in partnership and investing in our future. Registeed charity No 1145141.

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