About this day
For A-level and IB students
Our popular and engaging Biology in Action programme returns ONLINE in March, and we have a very special day planned! 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. With interactive elements throughout the day and plenty of opportunities to question the scientists, this is an unmissable day at the forefront of biology – don’t miss out!
“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
Exploring the wonders of the deep Helen Scales, Marine biologist, writer and broadcaster
Discover the wonders of the deep and glimpse the life of a marine biologists as Helen explains 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.
Meet the biologists Greg Foot, Science presenter and communicator
Join Greg Foot as we meet the biologists in a series of rapid-research updates! Discover the research driving change in society, discuss the issues that the next generation will encounter and take a peek at the many areas biologists can make a real difference in an unmissable session.
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? The ethics of genetic testing 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?
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.
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.
About Darren Logan
Darren is a geneticist who leads the research programme for the Waltham Petcare Science Institute.
Ageless: The new science of getting older without getting old Andrew Steele, Cancer Research UK
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?
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.