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The clocks spring forward at the end of this week, but what effect does this have on our bodies and minds?

Our biology is set up to work in partnership with the sun. From our sleep cycles to our immune systems and our mental health, access to sunlight to crucial for living a happy and fulfilling life. New research suggests that our sun exposure over a lifetime – even before we were born – may shape our risk of developing a range of different illnesses, from depression to diabetes. Linda Geddes will discuss the science of sunlight and how you can exploit your relationship with light and darkness to improve your health, sleep and productivity.

Linda Geddes is a Bristol – based freelance journalist writing about biology, medicine and technology. Born in Cambridge, she graduated from Liverpool University with a first – class degree in Cell Biology. She spent nine years at ‘New Scientist’ magazine working as a news editor, features editor and reporter, and remains a consultant to the magazine. Linda has received numerous awards for her journalism, including the Association of British Science Writers awards for Best Investigative Journalism.

Katie Silver, a health and science journalist working with the BBC in London, will be chairing this event.

The doors will open at approximately 6.30pm, with a prompt start at 7pm.

Copies of Linda’s book ‘Chasing the Sun: The New Science of Sunlight, and How it Shapes Our Bodies and Minds’, will be available for purchase and signing after the talk.