About this day
For A-level and IB students
Join us for Biology in Action during British Science Week this March, where 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.
“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
Behind the GP Doors Ezgi Ozcan, Junior Doctor
When the patient arrives for their appointment, a GP has just ten minutes to assess them, diagnose, and recommend treatment. The Junior Doctor, Ezgi Ozcan, will talk about her journey into medicine and why she chose to become a GP, and present a case study showing what goes on behind closed doors in a GP surgery.
About Dr Ezgi Ozcan
Ezgi is a GP trainee in North London. Following her journey into graduate entry medicine at UCL she created her YouTube channel Dr Ezgi Ozcan to showcase her life as a junior doctor in the NHS and give snippets of medical education.
Hacking the code of life Nessa Carey, Entrepreneur-in-residence, University of Oxford
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 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.
Astrobiology – The Hunt for Alien Life Lewis Dartnell, University of Westminster
‘Astrobiology’ is the scientific search for life beyond our planet. Tour the planets and moons in our solar system which may offer the best hope, and further afield to alien worlds we’ve discovered around distant stars. Are we alone in the cosmos?
About Professor Lewis Dartnell
Lewis is an astrobiologist studying how microbial life might persist on the surface of Mars. He appears regularly on the BBC, National Geographic and Discovery channels.
Nature’s Super Survivors Dana MacGregor, Rothamsted Research
Plants live in constant change and are ceaselessly challenged. Responding correctly to their surroundings helps them to survive and produce equally skilled seeds. We’ll explore how they accomplish these feats and why plants deserve the title of “Nature’s Super Survivors”.
About Dr Dana MacGregor
Dana is a Plant Molecular Geneticist at Rothamsted Research studying how plants survive environmental or agroecosystem challenges and how they pass their survival skills to the next generation.
Bring back the King Helen Pilcher, Author and Science Communicator
Join Helen as she explains how advances in genetics have made de-extinction a reality; and how the re-appearance of woolly mammoths, baby-burping frogs and other animals will soon put an end to the dogma that extinction is forever.
About Dr Helen Pilcher
Dr Helen Pilcher is a tea-drinking, biscuit-nibbling science and comedy writer. Her books include Bring Back the King: the Science of De-extinction and Life Changing: How Humans are Altering Life on Earth.