Date & time

Wed, 4 Mar 2020
10:45 - 15:45


Emmanuel Centre, London
9 - 23 Marsham Street
London, SW1P 3DW

Ticket price

£23 + VAT* *Plus one complimentary staff ticket per ten students

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

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”.

Do you smell what I smell? The genetics of our chemical senses Darren Logan, Head of Research, WALTHAM Centre for Pet Nutrition

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.

Darren Logan

About Darren Logan

Darren is a geneticist who  leads a research programme for Mars Petcare and is a visiting scientist at the Wellcome Trust Sanger 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.

Liam Drew

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. 

Sheena Cruickshank

About Sheena Cruickshank

Sheena Cruickshank is an immunologist and Professor in Biomedical Sciences and Public Engagement at the University of Manchester. She researches how immune responses of the gut are started as a result of infection and/or inflammation.