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 bad science to surgery, biodiversity to forensics and beyond, this is a day of true inspiration, complemented by a special session on examination success.
Programme & speakers
11 discoveries taking science by surprise Michael Brooks, Author and broadcaster
Through eleven radical new perspectives Michael takes us to the extreme frontiers of what we understand about the world. Along the way, he looks at how Buddhist Monks entered fMRI scanners to help prove that time is an illusion, how human-animal ‘chimeras’ could help treat everything from HIV to Parkinson’s, and how gender became a life-or-death issue in medical research.
About Michael Brooks
Michael is an author, journalist and broadcaster. He is a consultant at New Scientist, and columnist for the New Statesman. He is the author of At The Edge of Uncertainty, The Secret Anarchy of Science and the bestselling 13 Things That Don’t Make Sense.
From genome to clinic- journeys through the oesophagus Tim Underwood, University of Southampton
Tim will illustrate how early detection of oesophageal cancer is enabled by genome sequencing, and how large-scale sequencing of patients is uncovering the biology behind this disease, enabling life-saving surgery and treatment to be targeted to the individual.
About Tim Underwood
Tim is a surgeon with a special interest in oesophageal cancer and minimally invasive surgical techniques.
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.
Catching the living, naming the dead: DNA in forensic science Mark Jobling, University of Leicester
The DNA sequence of your genome is unique. If you commit a crime, or become a victim of violence or disaster, DNA analysis will play a major role in identifying you. Mark will explain the real science behind CSI fantasies.
About Mark Jobling
Mark Jobling’s research is in the area of human genetic diversity and the forces that pattern it, from mutation processes to cultural factors in human populations.
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.