About this day
For A-level and IB students
Biology in Action returns this autumn! 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 spring.
“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
Hacking the code of life Nessa Carey, Imperial College London
Gene editing has given scientists the ability to change easily and forever the DNA of any organism. How can we control CRISPR technology and should we even try?
About Nessa Carey
Nessa Carey is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at The University of Oxford, a Visiting Professor at Imperial College and author of 3 popular science books “The Epigenetics Revolution”; “Junk DNA: A Journey Through The Dark Matter Of The Genome”; “Hacking The Code of Life”.
Astrobiology – The Hunt for Alien Life Lewis Dartnell, University of Westminster
‘Astrobiology’ is the scientific search for life beyond our planet. Tour the planets and moons in our solar system which may offer the best hope, and further afield to alien worlds we’ve discovered around distant stars. Are we alone in the cosmos?
About Lewis Dartnell
Lewis is an astrobiologist studying how microbial life might persist on the surface of Mars. He appears regularly on the BBC, National Geographic and Discovery channels.
How to stop a heart attack Rohin Francis, Cardiologist
Find out why cardiology is the greatest specialty in medicine, why cardiologists have the best job in the hospital and how they’re also so modest and humble. A case-based insight into caring for the heart, with consultant cardiologist and YouTuber Rohin Francis.
About Rohin Francis
Rohin Francis is a consultant cardiologist and educator in Essex. He has a YouTube channel combining his love of medicine with bad puns.
Untangling Huntington’s disease Emma Yhnell, Cardiff University
Huntington’s disease is a rare brain disease which causes problems with movement and thinking. In this interactive talk Emma will run through what we know about the disease as well as current research which is looking to find a treatment to help people and families living with the condition.
About Emma Yhnell
Dr Emma Yhnell is a passionate and award-winning science communicator and senior lecturer at Cardiff University. Emma loved Biology and Chemistry at school, so decided to study Biochemistry at University. She then wanted to study for a PhD in Neuroscience and worked in the laboratory and later with patients and families impacted by Huntington’s disease.