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Public documentary series launched at Kent

A new documentary series focussing on topical issues has been launched following collaboration between the University and KMTV.

Two films will be shown in free public screenings on 20 September at the University’s Canterbury campus and then be available to view online.

In one of the films, IVF scientists Darren Griffin, Professor of Genetics at the University’s School of Biosciences, and Professor Alan Thornhill, an Honorary Professor at the School, will explore the science behind the procedure. The screening of the film IVF – Science & Society will mark the 40th anniversary in July of the birth of Louise Brown, the world’s first IVF baby.

The film includes interviews with a mother about to have her first pre-natal scan, and a father of two teenage sons both conceived by IVF. As the NHS cuts IVF funding, the film also explores how this decision will impact on people and sectors of society that don’t have the funds for private treatments.

In the other film, computational neuroscientist Dr Srivas Chennu from the University’s School of Computing will explore what it means to be conscious. His film, entitled The Mohawk of Consciousness, will consider the use of advanced electroencephalogram technology (high-density EEG) to look for signs of consciousness in vegetative state patients who are otherwise unable to respond and appear unaware of their surroundings.

The documentary explores the increasing reliance on medical technology to make life and death decisions and in doing so delves into one of the most ethically, socially and clinically complex areas faced by the modern medical community.

The screening will take place  12.00-13.00 on 20 September at the Gulbenkian Cinema located on the University’s Canterbury campus.

For more details and booking for Canterbury can be found at the