Date & time

Tue, 26 Nov 2019
10:00 - 15:00


University of Warwick
Gibbet Hill Rd
Coventry, CV4 7AL

Ticket price

£21 + VAT* *Plus one complimentary staff ticket per ten students

About this day

For A-level and IB students

Biology in Action returns to Warwick 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

Hacking the code of life Nessa Carey, Imperial College London

For the 1st time in human history, gene editing has given scientists the ability to change easily and forever the DNA of any organism. How can we control this new technology (known as CRISPR) and should we even try? 

Nessa Carey

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?

Rohin Francis

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.

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.

Greg Foot

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. 

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.

The fat controller Emily and Ashley Grossman

Is obesity preventable? New research suggests we could soon take drugs to stop ourselves over-eating, or to flick a biological switch to effortlessly burn fat. Discover potential new techniques to lose weight effortlessly… and what they may mean for our future.

Emily and Ashley Grossman

About Emily and Ashley Grossman

Scientist and presenter Dr Emily Grossman joins forces with her father Ashley Grossman, Professor of Endocrinology and expert in the region of the brain controlling hormones and appetite, to discuss the future in the fight against obesity.