About this day
For A-level and IB students
Biology in Action returns in spectacular style in autumn 2017! Five interactive and engaging sessions delivered by renowned scientists and communicators will inspire and motivate your students. A special session with hints and tips for revision and examination success will provide students with the tools to succeed. These are unmissable and tremendously popular programmes – secure places as soon as possible and amend numbers in September if needed.
“I don’t remember a better student conference – we thought every speaker was excellent – just the right level, all animated, engaging and well prepared..”
“We and the students had such a good experience yesterday I would like to go again next time and wanted to book it in with the school ASAP!!”
Programme & speakers
A dive into the Planet’s Beating Heart Greg Foot, Science presenter and communicator
Join YouTuber & BBC Science Presenter – Greg Foot – for the story of his scientific adventure diving to 1000ft in the deep ocean in a high-tech submersible. Using stunning footage from his dive he’ll uncover how the deep ocean is the planet’s beating heart, and how we’re soon due a fatal heart attack.
About Greg Foot
Greg is a Science Presenter on TV, on YouTube and on Stage.
From genome to clinic - tales from the oesophagus Tim Underwood, University of Southampton
Tim will illustrate how early detection of oesophageal cancer is enabled by genome sequencing, and how large-scale sequencing of patients is uncovering the biology behind this disease, enabling life-saving surgery and treatment to be targeted to the individual.
About Tim Underwood
Tim is a surgeon with a special interest in oesophageal cancer and minimally invasive surgical techniques.
Gene therapy for cystic fibrosis Eric Alton, Imperial College London
The UK Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Gene Therapy Consortium (GTC) is focused on delivering a new copy of the CF gene into the lungs of these patients. It has identified two ways to achieve this using fat globules (liposomes) or a new virus and is midway through the world’s largest trial to see if gene therapy will improve the lungs of CF patients.
About Eric Alton
Eric Alton is Professor of Gene Therapy and Respiratory Medicine at Imperial College London. Over the last 15 years he has coordinated the UK Cystic Fibrosis Gene Therapy Consortium, which brings together all the key centres in the UK in a programme to deliver gene therapy for these patients.
Do you smell what I smell? – the genetics of our chemical senses. Darren Logan, Head of Research, WALTHAM Centre for Pet Nutrition
Join Darren on a whirlwind tour of our senses of smell and taste. He will explain how the genes that underpin the chemical senses provide a personalised perception of the world, how they keep us alive and predict our demise.
About Darren Logan
Darren is a geneticist who has studied smell and taste in fish, mice, cats, dogs, primates and humans. He leads a research programme for Mars Petcare and is a visiting scientist at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute.
Junk DNA – not such rubbish after all Nessa Carey, Imperial College London
Humans contain trillions of cells of hundreds of different types, yet we have the same number of genes as a microscopic worm containing just over 1000 cells. Astonishingly, our complexity may be down to the 98% of our genome that doesn’t contain any genes, the junk DNA.
About Nessa Carey
Nessa Carey works for a major pharmaceutical company, is a Visiting Professor at Imperial College and author of the popular science book “The Epigenetics Revolution”.