Date & time

Thu, 11 Nov 2021
10:45 - 15:45


King's House Conference Centre, Manchester
King's Church, Sidney Street
Manchester, M1 7HB

Ticket price

£22 + VAT @20%* *Plus one complimentary staff ticket per ten students

About this day

For A-level and IB students

Biology in Action returns this December! 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. This is an unmissable and tremendously popular day, and we look forward to welcoming you and your students this autumn.

“I don’t remember a better student conference – we thought every speaker was excellent – just the right level, all animated, engaging and well prepared.”

Programme & speakers

Can you smell what I smell? How the nose knows Darren Logan, Head of Research, Waltham Petcare Science Institute

Smell is the oldest, most complex, yet the least understood of our five senses. Darren Logan will take us on a whirlwind tour of what happens in our brain when we take sniff of our favourite smell, how our ability to detect certain odours are encoded in our genes, and how smell loss may be one of the best predictors of disease.

Darren Logan

About Darren Logan

Darren is a geneticist who  leads the research programme for the Waltham Petcare Science Institute.

Life Changing Helen Pilcher, Author and science communicator

Ever since our species first evolved, we have been tinkering with nature and altering the course of evolution. Now we share our planet with genetically modified wolves, pizzly bears and cloned polo ponies. Join Helen as she explores the legacy created by this evolutionary mischief-making and explores how humans are changing life on Earth.

Helen Pilcher

About Helen Pilcher

Dr Helen Pilcher is a tea-drinking, biscuit-nibbling science and comedy writer and author of ‘Bring Back the King: the Science of De-extinction’.

Ageless: The new science of getting older without getting old Andrew Steele, Scientist, author and presenter

From removing aged ‘senescent’ cells, to drugs, diets and gene therapy, breakthroughs in the lab show that we can slow down or even reverse the ageing process. So could we one day cure ageing? And would we want to?

Andrew Steele

About Andrew Steele

Andrew is a scientist, presenter, and author of Ageless: The new science of getting older without getting old. He has a PhD in physics, worked as a computational biologist, and talks about science on TV, radio and YouTube.

Everest Lab Greg Foot, Science presenter and communicator

What happens to your body when you push it somewhere it’s not built to go – to the top of the world? With interactive experiments & stunning videos from his trek, join TV Science Presenter Greg Foot to find out.

Greg Foot

About Greg Foot

Greg Foot is a Science Journalist on BBC Radio 4 (’The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread?’), a successful Podcaster (’Surprisingly Brilliant’) & YouTuber (‘BBC Earth’, ‘Let’s Go Live’ etc) & live show presenter around the world.

Who Do You Think You Are? Chris Willmott, University of Leicester

The ability to examine our genomes offers us insight into both our family history and the contribution genes may make to our risk of experiencing certain diseases. How is this done, and what are the ethical implications of such tests?

Chris Willmott

About Chris Willmott

Dr. Chris Willmott is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Leicester.  He serves as a co-convenor of the Higher Education Academy Centre for Bioscience Special Interest Group in ethics.