Date & time

Thu, 23 Nov 2017
11:00 - 16:00


University of Salford
Maxwell Building
Salford, M5 4WT

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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

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.

The VIVIT experience ... Samuel Piri, Operating Theatre Live!

VIVIT is the world’s only semi-synthetic human cadaver, developed as a teaching tool to showcase real anatomy to students. Join VIVIT (and Sam!) for an experience like no other as we delve inside the body.

Samuel Piri

About Inspire to Aspire Events Samuel Piri

Sam tours the UK working with schools delivering human anatomy/biology enrichment events tied to the national curriculum.

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.

Cracking the code - the genetics of superheroes Simon Watt, Ready, Steady, Science

The comic books are filled with mutants; heroes and villains whose special abilities are genetic in their origin. But what are real mutants like, and could we one day use genetics to make us superhuman?

Simon Watt

About Simon Watt

Simon is a biologist, writer, science communicator and TV presenter. He is perhaps best known as a presenter on the BAFTA winning documentary series Inside Nature’s Giants.

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.