About this day
For A-level and IB students
Biology in Action returns in spectacular style in spring 2018! 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
How animals behave and why – from moths to meerkats Tristram Wyatt, Oxford University
New technologies like bar-coded ants and virtual fish let us study animal behaviour in ways never before possible. Join Tristram to discover what makes animals tick, how we can understand meerkat societies, and what zombie cockroaches can tell us about the brain.
About Tristram Wyatt
Tristram is a researcher and the author of ‘Animal Behaviour: a Very Short Introduction’. His TED talk on human pheromones has had more than a 1 million views.
Emerging Infections – new challenges needing new solutions Julian Ma, St. George's Hospital Medical School
Every year we face a new and devastating threat from infectious diseases – bird flu, SARS, MERS, dengue fever, Ebola virus, and last year, Zika virus. We shall explore issues around the science, technology and regulation of new medicines, as well as the societal issues and challenges for us to deal with new infection outbreaks better.
About Julian Ma
Julian Ma holds the Hotung Chair for Molecular Immunology at St. George’s Hospital Medical School, University of London. His research group has been the leading proponent in Europe for the development of plant biotechnology for medicines for human health for over 20 years.
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 drug discovery to clinical trials and beyond Gabriel Brooks, GE- Life Sciences
About Gabriel Brooks
Gabriel Brooks is Medical Director at GE – Life Sciences. He trained in America as a clinical cardiologist and epidemiologist, and now develops, conducts and manages clinical trials in the pharmaceutical industry.
How to be a genetic superhero Kat Arney, Science writer and broadcaster
New research is revealing real life genetic superheroes living amongst us, whose DNA provides them with resilience against serious illnesses. Scientists are working to unveil the identities of these everyday heroes and heroines, so they can help to fight disease.
About Kat Arney
Dr Kat Arney is a science writer and broadcaster whose work has featured on BBC Radio 4, the Naked Scientists and more. She has just published two books about genetics: Herding Hemingway’s Cats and How to Code a Human.