Eleventh Keele Meeting 2013 - JD Birchall Memorial Lecture


J Derek Birchall

The untimely death of Professor JD Birchall FRS in the autumn of 1995 resulted in the inauguration of a lecture in his name, JD Birchall Memorial Lecture. This is an invited lecture given by an experienced researcher in the field and is traditionally used to close the meeting.



In 2015 the JD Birchall Memorial Lecture will be given by;

Professor Leon Kochian

Director, Robert W Holley Center for Agriculture and Health USDA-ARS, Professor of Plant Biology, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA

Professor Kochian is Mr Aluminium in the world of plants, and the title of his talk is;

Plants Do Some Surprising Things to Deal With Toxic Aluminium in the Soil!

 Prof Leon Kochian

Previous Lectures

  • 1997 Dr C Exley The Silicon BiCycle.
  • 1999 Professor RJP Williams FRS What is Wrong with Aluminium?
  • 2001 Professor J Savory Aluminium and Cell Suicide: Oh What a Tangled Web We Weave.
  • 2003 Dr JP Day A History of Aluminium in Human Disease.
  • 2005 Professor DP Perl The Association of Aluminium and Neurodegnerative Disease (1980-2005). Personal Recollections and Future Perspectives.
  • 2007 Professor TB Kinraide Personal Experiences Analysing the Interactive Toxic and Ameliorative Effects of Aluminium Species and Other Ions.
  • 2009 Professor S Sjöberg Chemical Speciation, Solubilities and Surface Complexation in Aqueous Al(hydr)oxide Suspensions.
  • 2011 Professor SC Bondy Is the Aluminium in Your Drinking Water Safe?
  • 2013 Professor T Kiss From Inorganic to the Biological Chemistry of Aluminium