Subject

26

Date & time

Fri, 26 Mar 2021
9:45 - 15:00

Venue

Online

Ticket price

Online £12 + VAT* *Plus one complimentary staff ticket per ten students

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.

Helen Scales

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.

Greg Foot

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?

Chris Willmott

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.

Darren Logan

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?

Andrew Steele

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.