About this day
For A-level and IB students
Biology in Action returns to Salford University in spectacular style in autumn 2019! 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.
“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
The epigenetics revolution Nessa Carey, Imperial College London
You are a complex mixture of the effects of your genes, your environment and also of randomness. Epigenetics explains how the environment and your genes communicate with each other, setting up patterns of gene expression that can change your future.
About Nessa Carey
Nessa Carey works for a major pharmaceutical company, is a Visiting Professor at Imperial College and author of the popular science book “The Epigenetics Revolution”.
How the heart came to be and where's it going next? Rohin Francis, University College London Hospital
Heart disease is increasing all over the world, so is the heart really the best nature could come up with? Why this design? Why’s it on the left? Are there any alternatives? And how far can we push it?
About Rohin Francis
Rohin Francis is a doctor specialising in cardiology and a university researcher based at UCL. He is an occasional comedian and has a YouTube channel combining his love of medicine with bad puns.
Appreciating our mammalian-ness Liam Drew, Neurobiologist and author
Our species is utterly unique. But we’re also very much like every other mammal on this planet. Liam will describe the evolution of the things that made mammals mammals and show how these traits help make us human.
About Liam Drew
Liam Drew is a neurobiologist turned science author and features journalist. He writes stories about biomedical research and evolutionary biology. I, Mammal: The Story of What Makes Us Mammals (Bloomsbury) is his first book.
The future of food Greg Foot, Science presenter and communicator
How will we feed the 10 billion people potentially crowding our planet by 2050? Fresh from filming a new BBC TV series exploring exactly this, join Greg to discover drought-resistant rice, block-chain orange juice and lab-grown burgers.
About Greg Foot
Greg hosts multiple BBC series on TV & Radio, has over 25 million views on YouTube, and performs spectacular science demo shows on stages around the world.
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.