About this day
Discover the future…
Five experts will guide students through the most exciting research and future prospects in biology, reinforcing key concepts and providing a taste of life as a scientist. From epigenetics to the wonders of the deep, evolution to neuroscience and beyond, this is a day of true inspiration, complemented by a special session on examination success.
Programme & speakers
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.
About Dr 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.
Epigenetics - why DNA isn't your destiny Nessa Carey, Entrepreneur-in-residence, University of Oxford
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 Dr 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 and Hacking The Code of Life.
What's going on in his head? James Piercy, Science Communicator
James Piercy learnt a lot about his brain when it was damaged in an accident. Now well recovered he explores his grey matter and explains how much and how little we know about the workings of this amazing machine.
About James Piercy
James Piercy works as engagement and involvement manager at Queen Mary University London and is a science communicator, trainer and consultant. He spends much of his time encouraging patient involvement in medical research and has spoken at school and festivals around the world.
Is man just another animal? Steve Jones, University College London
About Professor Steve Jones
Steve Jones is a geneticist and leading science communicator on evolution and genetics. He is a world expert on the genetics of snails and has also studied evolution in fruit flies and humans. However, he is most widely known as a highly successful broadcaster and writer.
A Practical Guide to being a Primate Suzanne Harvey, ZSL London Zoo and UCL
Join Suzanne on a whistle stop tour of a day in the life of an olive baboon and a chimpanzee living in Gashaka Gumti National Park in Nigeria, based on new research into primate tool use and communication from the Gashaka Biodiversity Project.
About Dr Suzanne Harvey
Suzanne is a primatologist with a PhD in Biological Anthropology, whose research focuses on primate communication and social behaviour.