Catrin Rutland

Location: Derby, Derbyshire
About me...

I am an associate professor of anatomy and developmental genetics and British Science Association Media Fellow. In addition to many scientific publications I have written a range of popular science books and I am also a published science fiction writer. A rare breed of scientist plus artist. I have given professional/key note presentations at conferences in 43 different countries around the world and I am very experienced public speaker. I can offer public talks, presentations and workshops for both adults and young people. From museums to pubs, village halls to after dinner speaking, I have spoken in a variety of settings and can adapt my talks to your needs.

About my Talks...

I deliver several talks based around science and/or science fiction. Most talks last 45-75 minutes (plus questions/discussion time) depending on your requirements. I have a laptop and projector which I use to illustrate my talks, ideally I need a screen or white wall. My ‘Amazing Anatomy’ talk can be done without the projector (stand alone) and a table for museum specimens is useful.


My fee is £60 plus expenses of £0.40/mile from Derby, Derbyshire. I can make reductions for charity groups, fundraising events and for events aimed at children.

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Science Fiction vs Science Fact

In the 1950’s a new science was born, yet scientists and literature had long been fascinated with what we now call ‘Genetics’. Long before the term genetics existed, writers were effectively exploring the idea of genetic manipulation, breeding and future societies in the light of scientific technology. This talk explores how much of this science fiction has, or will, become fact. Where does the future lie with genetics and what does this mean for us and the next generations? Do we have a voice and opinion in how these technologies are used and does this voice come out through literature? Can we control the technology and what regulations are in place? Will humans benefit from genomics? Did a book written 2000 years ago really hint at epigenetics!

Amazing Anatomy

Exploring the art of bringing anatomy to life. This talk looks at how we developed a real anatomy museum and a virtual one online. It explores how we teach anatomy, ways of helping the students to interact and get involved. Diverse topics from art in anatomy through to exchanging anatomical tips throughout the world. It also addresses the burning question ‘how do you piece together a giraffe?’

if you do not require the illustrated version this talk can be presented  as Stand Alone


Women in Science and Medicine

Every so often women in Science, Medicine and Engineering get a little press, but how many female scientists can you name? This talk looks at women in history, and those researching today. It shows the huge impact that women have had in the scientific fields, discusses some of the problems that they have overcome, and looks into the future.
​Are women always a minority in the sciences? How can we encourage young women to get involved?

Mending a Broken Heart

Catrin explores how the heart works, why it can have problems and the research being undertaken to improve cardiac disorders. Drawing from her own scientific research into the genetics and anatomy of heart disease she looks at the present situation and why research is important for future diagnostics and treatments. This talk is popular at stroke and heart support groups but also general interest groups and gatherings.

Evolution and Movement of the Horse - History and Research

In my recent book ‘The Horse: A Natural History’ I explored the natural history and evolutionary origins of equines, their interactions with people over the years, and their anatomy. Over the years I have undertaken research into the normal anatomy of the horse and donkey and also looked into how we can help develop tools to prevent disease and disorders. This talk weaves together evolution, anatomy and modern research into horses, their daily lives and disorders.
Categories: Educational, Science, General Interest, Natural History, Birds/Animals/Reptiles

Life in a Veterinary School

Working as an associate professor in a new veterinary school gives a wonderful insight into ‘Life in a Veterinary School’. I have also traveled to many vet schools throughout the world. This talk explores how we teach our students, how we help teach others worldwide, how we help animals and people, and also looks at life as a teacher and researcher. From pygmy hippo skeletons to giraffe hearts, there is a lot to see and do in any given week and no two days are ever the same when teaching the future generations of veterinary surgeons.


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