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
What's going on in his head? James Piercy, Science Communicator
James Piercy learnt a lot about his brain when it was damaged in an accident. Now well recovered he explores his grey matter and explains how much and how little we know about the workings of this amazing machine.
About James Piercy
James is a Science communicator, Trainer and Public Engagement Consultant, and Honorary Lecturer in science communication
The VIVIT experience ... Samuel Piri, Operating Theatre Live!
VIVIT is the world’s only semi-synthetic human cadaver, developed as a teaching tool to showcase real anatomy to students. Join VIVIT (and Sam!) for an experience like no other as we delve inside the body.
About Samuel Piri
Sam tours the UK working with schools delivering human anatomy/biology enrichment events tied to the national curriculum.
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 leads a research programme for Mars Petcare and is a visiting scientist at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute.
Cracking the code - the genetics of superheroes Simon Watt, Ready, Steady, Science
The comic books are filled with mutants; heroes and villains whose special abilities are genetic in their origin. But what are real mutants like, and could we one day use genetics to make us superhuman?
About Simon Watt
Simon is a biologist, writer, science communicator and TV presenter. He is perhaps best known as a presenter on the BAFTA winning documentary series Inside Nature’s Giants.
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”.