13. Description of the core message of your event and key topics to be covered (c.100 words):
This is a fun and funny delve into the science of how and why things die. It features genetics, evolutionary theory, zoology, virology and some weird but true history about the search for immortality. Here is the blurb I am currently using for it.
Death might not be certain, though taxes, probably are. In this lecture, featuring immortal jelly fish, the world's slowest bacteria and the trip Darwin took to a séance, biologist Simon Watt delves into the surprising science behind why we die, and what the alternatives might be. Come satisfy your morbid curiosity.
14. Does the event have particular local relevance?: