FROM THE FRONT | Cosmetics at Kew

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Being a garden and beauty nerd myself, this is a lecture I am dying to attend.

As per the Kew Gardens website:

"Professor Monique Simmonds, head of Kew's Sustainable Uses of Plants Group, talks about the use of plants and fungi in the cosmetics and pharmaceutical industries.

After completing her PhD at Birkbeck College, University of London in 1985, Professor Monique Simmonds joined the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and currently holds the position of Deputy Keeper & Head of the Sustainable Uses of Plants Group. In addition, she heads the Kew Innovation Unit.

During her career at Kew, Monique has and continues to co-ordinate research into the economic uses of plants and fungi, their potential as cosmetics, pharmaceutical and agrochemical leads, and as sources of sustainably harvested medicines."