Date & time

Wed, 16 Nov 2022
10:45 - 15:45


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 this autumn! Five interactive and engaging sessions delivered by renowned scientists and communicators will inspire and motivate your students. Award-winning science journalist, pod-caster and you-tuber Greg Foot will chair the event, and inspirational biology teacher Leah McClure will deliver 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

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?

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.

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?

Lewis Dartnell

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.

The Future of Food Greg Foot, Science Presenter and Communicator

How will we feed the 10 billion people potentially crowding our planet by 2050? Fresh from filming a new TV series exploring exactly this, join Greg to discover drought-resistant rice, block-chain orange juice and lab-grown burgers.

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.

How to stop a heart attack Rohin Francis, Cardiologist

Find out why cardiology is the greatest specialty in medicine, why cardiologists have the best job in the hospital and how they’re also so modest and humble. A case-based insight into caring for the heart, with consultant cardiologist and YouTuber Rohin Francis.

Rohin Francis

About Dr Rohin Francis

Rohin Francis is a consultant cardiologist and educator in Essex. He has a YouTube channel combining his love of medicine with bad puns.

Untangling Huntington’s disease Emma Yhnell, Cardiff University

Huntington’s disease is a rare brain disease which causes problems with movement and thinking. In this interactive talk Emma will run through what we know about the disease as well as current research which is looking to find a treatment to help people and families living with the condition.

Emma Yhnell

About Dr Emma Yhnell

Emma is a passionate and award-winning science communicator and senior lecturer at Cardiff University. Her love of Biology and Chemistry at school led her to study Biochemistry at University and then a PhD in Neuroscience which saw her working with patients and families impacted by Huntington’s disease.