About this day
For A-level and IB students
Biology in Action returns in spectacular style in autumn 2017! 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 – secure places as soon as possible and amend numbers in September if needed.
“I don’t remember a better student conference – we thought every speaker was excellent – just the right level, all animated, engaging and well prepared..”
“We and the students had such a good experience yesterday I would like to go again next time and wanted to book it in with the school ASAP!!”
Programme & speakers
A dive into the Planet’s Beating Heart Greg Foot, Science presenter and communicator
Join Greg Foot for the story of his scientific adventure diving in the deep ocean in a high-tech submersible. With stunning footage from his dive he’ll uncover how the deep ocean is the planet’s beating heart, and how we’re soon due a fatal heart attack.
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.
From genome to clinic - tales from the oesophagus Tim Underwood, University of Southampton
Tim will illustrate how early detection of oesophageal cancer is enabled by genome sequencing, and how large-scale sequencing of patients is uncovering the biology behind this disease, enabling life-saving surgery and treatment to be targeted to the individual.
About Tim Underwood
Tim is a surgeon with a special interest in oesophageal cancer and minimally invasive surgical techniques.
Gene therapy for cystic fibrosis Eric Alton, Imperial College London
The UK Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Gene Therapy Consortium (GTC) is focused on delivering a new copy of the CF gene into the lungs of patients. Eric will describe the world’s largest trial to see if gene therapy will improve the lungs of CF patients.
About Eric Alton
Eric Alton is Professor of Gene Therapy and Respiratory Medicine at Imperial College London.
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.
Junk DNA – not such rubbish after all Nessa Carey, Imperial College London
Humans contain trillions of cells of hundreds of different types, yet we have the same number of genes as a microscopic worm containing just over 1000 cells. Astonishingly, our complexity may be down to the 98% of our genome that doesn’t contain any genes, the junk DNA.
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”.