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
Are anti-GMO activists the climate deniers of the Left? Mark Lynas, Author and science campaigner
While climate deniers are mostly right-wingers, campaigners against vaccines and GMOs are often left-wingers. What motivates these attitudes? Mark Lynas – a former anti-GMO activist – explains his personal story and suggests ways pro-science voices can be strengthened in future.
About Mark Lynas
Mark Lynas, a former anti-GMO activist, is a pro-science campaigner and author of several books, including High Tide (2004), Six Degrees (2007) and the God Species (2011). He is a visiting fellow with the Alliance for Science at Cornell University.
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.
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.
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.
Epigenetics - why DNA is not your destiny Nessa Carey, Imperial College London
You are a complex mixture of the effects of your genes, your environment and also of randomness. Epigenetics explains how the environment and your genes communicate with each other, setting up patterns of gene expression that can change your future.
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”.