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.
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.
The aged immune system – why granny cant fight the superbugs. Janet Lord, University of Birmingham
The immune system declines with age leaving us susceptible to infection and less able to respond to prophylactic measures such as vaccination. Professor Lord will discuss what happens to the immune system with age and her research to prevent this.
About Janet Lord
Professor Lord is director of the Institute of Inflammation and Ageing at Birmingham University.
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. 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.