Date & time

Thu, 16 Nov 2017
11:00 - 16:00


Emmanuel Centre, London
9 - 23 Marsham Street
London, SW1P 3DW

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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

Are anti-GMO activists the climate deniers of the Left? Mark Lynas, Author and science campaigner

While climate deniers are mostly right-wingers, campaigners against vaccines and GMOs are often left-wingers. What motivates these attitudes? Mark Lynas – a former anti-GMO activist – explains his personal story and suggests ways pro-science voices can be strengthened in future.

Mark Lynas

About Mark Lynas

Mark Lynas, a former anti-GMO activist, is a pro-science campaigner and author of several books, including High Tide (2004), Six Degrees (2007) and the God Species (2011).

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.

Tim Underwood

About Tim Underwood

Tim is Head of Cancer Sciences Academic Unit at the University of Southampton. He is a surgeon with a special interest in oesophageal cancer and minimally invasive surgical techniques.

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 to 1000ft in the deep ocean in a high-tech submersible. Using 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.

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.

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.

Darren Logan

About Dr Darren Logan

Darren is a geneticist who  leads the research programme for the Waltham Petcare Science Institute.

Epigenetics - why DNA is not 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.

Nessa Carey

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.