11:15 - 12:00

The strength of the influence of the Vikings on Britain is obvious in historical records, archaeological finds, our language and our place-names. But how many Vikings actually came to Britain, and what proportion of us today are their descendants? This talk will describe how we can use the science of genetics to address these questions. I will summarise the published evidence and add unpublished information from our own studies of Y-chromosome and mitochondrial DNA diversity in Scandinavia and the British Isles.

Mark Jobling, Professor of Genetics, University of Leicester

Mark Jobling studied Biochemistry and completed a DPhil in Genetics at the University of Oxford. He moved to the University of Leicester in 1992 where he has been supported by Wellcome Trust fellowships and is now a Professor. His group uses human genetic diversity to investigate processes of colonisation, migration and admixture, and (with a focus on the Y chromosome) to study mutation processes. He also applies Y-chromosomal markers to understanding the relationships between Y types and patrilineal surnames, and in forensic analysis.