About this day
For A-level and IB students
Biology in Action returns and, for the first time, will be live-streamed and online this December! 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. This is an unmissable and tremendously popular day, and we look forward to welcoming you and your students this autumn.
“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
Life changing Helen Pilcher, Author and science communicator
Ever since our species first evolved, we have been tinkering with nature and altering the course of evolution. Now we share our planet with genetically modified wolves, pizzly bears and cloned polo ponies. Join Helen as she explores the legacy created by this evolutionary mischief-making and explores how humans are changing life on Earth.
About Helen Pilcher
Dr Helen Pilcher is a tea-drinking, biscuit-nibbling science and comedy writer and author of ‘Bring Back the King: the Science of De-extinction’.
The epigenetics revolution Nessa Carey, Imperial College London
You are a complex mixture of the effects of your genes, your environment and also of randomness. Epigenetics explains how the environment and your genes communicate with each other, setting up patterns of gene expression that can change your future.
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”.
The diet myth Tim Spector, King's College London
Drawing on the latest science and his own pioneering research, Professor Tim Spector demystifies the common misconceptions about fat, calories, vitamins and nutrients. Only by understanding what makes our own personal microbes tick can we overcome the confusion of modern nutrition, and achieve a healthy gut and a healthy body.
About Tim Spector
Tim Spector is Professor of Genetic Epidemiology and Director of the TwinsUK Registry, a data collection on over 11,000 twins. His research has demonstrated the genetic basis of a wide range of common diseases previously thought to be mainly due to ageing and environment.
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?
About Rohin Francis
Rohin Francis is a doctor specialising in cardiology and a university researcher based at UCL. He has a YouTube channel combining his love of medicine with bad puns.
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 peak at the many areas biologists can make a real difference in an unmissable session.
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.