Date & time

Thu, 21 Nov 2024
10:00 - 15:00


University of Warwick
Gibbet Hill Rd
Coventry, CV4 7AL

Ticket price

£24 + VAT @20%* *Plus one complimentary staff ticket per ten students

About this day

For A-level, IB, BTEC Level 3 and T Level biology students

Join us for an exciting day of informative discussions, interactive sessions and inspirational stories at Biology in Action this autumn. From advancements in genetics to environmental challenges, our experienced speakers will shine a light on cutting-edge research and current issues from the world of biology.

The day will also include a special session on examination success designed to provide students with the tools that they need to excel. With polls and quizzes throughout the day and plenty of opportunities to ask the scientists questions, this is an unmissable day, and we look forward to welcoming you and your students. Book now for Biology in Action!

Host: Helen Pilcher (Author and Communicator)                    Exam Session: Leah McClure (Biology Teacher)

One more speaker for this exciting event will be announced soon!


“Topics were close to the curriculum, current and widened student views on biological studies”

— Blackheath high school, Autumn 2023 —

Programme & speakers

King Richard III: the resolution of a 500 year old cold case Turi King, Director of the Milner Centre for Evolution, University of Bath

When the Grey Friars project first came about, the chances of finding the remains of Richard III were considered slim to none. Nevertheless, Turi King, with her background in archaeology and genetics, was approached – should the skeletal remains of a ‘good candidate’ be found, would she be interested in overseeing the DNA analysis? Turi will speak about this project, from planning, through to excavation and then the analyses carried out on the remains.

Turi King

About Professor Turi King

Professor Turi King is a scientist, presenter, speaker and author who is passionate about communicating science to the public. Turi uses genetics in the fields of forensics, history, genealogy, and archaeology, and is known for ‘cracking one of the biggest forensic DNA cases in history’ – the identification of the remains of King Richard III.

Is it worth it? Helen Pilcher, Author and Science Communicator

There are only two northern white rhinos left. Saving them will involve some cutting edge biology, but it’s going to be challenging and very expensive. So is it worth it? Which species would you choose to save, and which would you let go? Join Helen as she discusses the dilemmas posed by modern day conservation.

Helen Pilcher

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.

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.

Targeting tau tangles - the race to cure dementia Kevin Moffat, University of Warwick

Ageing populations increase dementia cases, notably Alzheimer’s Disease. We have no cure, however ‘oligomeric tau’ is a potential target. Come with me to recognise its actions inside neurons and across synapses – we must understand it if we’re to stop it.

Kevin Moffat

About Dr Kevin Moffat

For the last thirty-two years Kevin has been a neuro-geneticist at the University of Warwick. Initially developing genetic tools to function map brains, more recently he has been using the fruitfly, Drosophila, to model neurodegenerative disease. His research encompasses neuroscience, physiology and genetics.