About this day
Discover the future…
Five experts will guide students through the most exciting research and future prospects in biology, reinforcing key concepts and providing a taste of life as a scientist. From epigenetics to surgery, microbes to Everest and beyond, this is a day of true inspiration, complemented by a special session on examination success.
Programme & speakers
Where Science and Ethics Meet: Dilemmas at the Frontiers of Medicine and Biology Chris Willmott, University of Leicester
Barely a week passes without media reports of exciting breakthroughs in biology and medicine. There are concerns, however, that focus on the technology and potential benefits sometimes neglects the risks associated with these developments. Chris will look at some of the ways we can reflect on the ethical dimensions of these innovations.
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.
Exploring the wonders of the deep Helen Scales, Marine biologist, writer and broadcaster
Helen will unveil the wonders of the deep, offer a glimpse into the life of a marine biologist and explain why there has never been a more important time for us to protect the blue parts of our planet.
About Helen Scales
Helen is a marine biologist, writer and broadcaster whose work combines a diver’s devotion to exploring the oceans, a conservationist’s angst about the planet, and a storyteller’s obsession with words.
Everest Lab: The Science of High Altitude Survival 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.
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.
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.
Identically Different: why you can change your genes Tim Spector, King's College London
How can identical twins, with identical DNA, often turn out to be different? How are your genes influenced by your life experiences? Studies of twins tell us a lot about genetics. Professor Tim Spector will explain how his research into twins and the hidden influences on our genes (the field of epigenetics) are forcing us to rethink almost everything we thought we knew about our genes and heritability.
About Tim Spector
Tim Spector is Professor of Genetic Epidemiology and Director of the TwinsUK Registry, a data collection on over 11,000 twins. His research has demonstrated the genetic basis of a wide range of common diseases previously thought to be mainly due to ageing and environment.