Date & time

Thu, 24 Nov 2016
10:30 - 15:00


University of Warwick
Gibbet Hill Rd
Coventry, CV4 7AL

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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 bad science to surgery, biodiversity to forensics and beyond, this is a day of true inspiration, complemented by a special session on examination success.

Programme & speakers

11 discoveries taking science by surprise Michael Brooks, Author and broadcaster

Through eleven radical new perspectives Michael takes us to the extreme frontiers of what we understand about the world. Along the way, he looks at how Buddhist Monks entered fMRI scanners to help prove that time is an illusion, how human-animal ‘chimeras’ could help treat everything from HIV to Parkinson’s, and how gender became a life-or-death issue in medical research.

Michael Brooks

About Dr Michael Brooks

Michael is an author, journalist and broadcaster. He is a consultant at New Scientist, and columnist for the New Statesman. He is the author of At The Edge of Uncertainty, The Secret Anarchy of Science and the bestselling 13 Things That Don’t Make Sense.

From genome to clinic- journeys through 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.

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.

Catching the living, naming the dead: DNA in forensic science Mark Jobling, University of Leicester

The DNA sequence of your genome is unique. If you commit a crime, or become a victim of violence or disaster, DNA analysis will play a major role in identifying you. Mark will explain the real science behind CSI fantasies.

Mark Jobling

About Professor Mark Jobling

Mark Jobling’s research is in the area of human genetic diversity and the forces that pattern it, from mutation processes to cultural factors in human populations.

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.