Date & time

Wed, 16 Nov 2016
11:00 - 16:00


UCL Institute of Education, London
20 Bedford Way
London, WC1H 0AL

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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 surgery, microbes to Everest and beyond, this is a day of true inspiration, complemented by a special session on examination success.

Programme & speakers

Where Science and Ethics Meet: Dilemmas at the Frontiers of Medicine and Biology Chris Willmott, University of Leicester

Barely a week passes without media reports of exciting breakthroughs in biology and medicine. There are concerns, however, that focus on the technology and potential benefits sometimes neglects the risks associated with these developments. Chris will look at some of the ways we can reflect on the ethical dimensions of these innovations.

Chris Willmott

About Dr Chris Willmott

Dr. Chris Willmott is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Leicester.  He serves as a co-convenor of the Higher Education Academy Centre for Bioscience Special Interest Group in ethics.

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.

Helen Scales

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.

Everest Lab: The Science of High Altitude Survival Greg Foot, Science Presenter and Communicator

What happens to your body when you push it somewhere it’s not built to go – to the top of the world? With interactive experiments & stunning videos from his trek, join TV Science Presenter Greg Foot to find out.

Greg Foot

About Greg Foot

Greg is a Science Journalist who has been writing, hosting & producing science content for 15+ years across TV, Radio, YouTube, Podcast, & Stage. He currently writes & hosts his popular BBC 4 show and podcast Sliced Bread and is a regular on BBC Morning live.

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.

James Piercy

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.

Identically Different: why you can change your genes Tim Spector, King's College London

How can identical twins, with identical DNA, often turn out to be different? How are your genes influenced by your life experiences? Studies of twins tell us a lot about genetics. Professor Tim Spector will explain how his research into twins and the hidden influences on our genes (the field of epigenetics) are forcing us to rethink almost everything we thought we knew about our genes and heritability.

Tim Spector

About Professor 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.