About this day
For A-level and IB students
Biology in Action returns to London in spectacular style in spring 2020! 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
Gene editing has given scientists the ability to change easily and forever the DNA of any organism. How can we control CRISPR technology and should we even try?
About Nessa Carey
Nessa Carey is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at The University of Oxford, a Visiting Professor at Imperial College and author of 3 popular science books “The Epigenetics Revolution”; “Junk DNA: A Journey Through The Dark Matter Of The Genome”; “Hacking The Code of Life”.
Do you smell what I smell? The genetics of our chemical senses Darren Logan, Head of Research, Waltham Petcare Science Institute
Join Darren on a whirlwind tour of our senses of smell and taste. He will explain how the genes that underpin the chemical senses provide a personalised perception of the world, how they keep us alive and predict our demise.
About Darren Logan
Darren is a geneticist who leads the research programme for the Waltham Petcare Science Institute.
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.
Your microbiome and you Sheena Cruickshank, University of Manchester
Join Sheena to discover the microbiome, 38 trillion bacteria and other organisms co-habiting our body, and discover if we can change our microbiome (with sometimes extreme measures) to help fight diseases and conditions including obesity.
About Sheena Cruickshank
Sheena Cruickshank is an immunologist and Professor in Biomedical Sciences and Public Engagement at the University of Manchester.
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 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.