Date & time

Tue, 26 Nov 2019
10:00 - 15:00


University of Warwick
Gibbet Hill Rd
Coventry, CV4 7AL

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About this day

For A-level and IB students

Biology in Action returns to Warwick University in spectacular style in autumn 2019! 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.

“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

The brave new world of CRISPR gene editing Matthew Cobb, University of Manchester

CRISPR gene editing enables us to precisely change genes at will, in virtually any organism. However, with great power comes great responsibility – Matthew will look in depth at the profound ethical issues we now all face.

Matthew Cobb

About Professor Matthew Cobb

Matthew is Professor of Zoology at the University of Manchester. He made the BBC’s first programme on CRISPR, in 2016. In 2021 he wrote and presented a 3-part BBC podcast on the history of genetic engineering, Genetic Dreams, Genetic Nightmares. His latest book is The Genetic Age: Our Perilous Quest to Edit Life.

How the heart came to be and where's it going next? Rohin Francis, Cardiologist

Heart disease is increasing all over the world, so is the heart really the best nature could come up with? Why this design? Why’s it on the left? Are there any alternatives? And how far can we push it?

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.

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 BBC 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.

Exploring the wonders of the deep Helen Scales, Marine biologist, writer and broadcaster

Discover the wonders of the deep and glimpse the life of a marine biologist as Helen explains 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.

The fat controller Emily and Ashley Grossman

Is obesity preventable? New research suggests we could soon take drugs to stop ourselves over-eating, or to flick a biological switch to effortlessly burn fat. Discover potential new techniques to lose weight effortlessly…

Emily and Ashley Grossman

About Emily and Ashley Grossman

Scientist and presenter Dr Emily Grossman joins forces with her father Ashley Grossman, Professor of Endocrinology and expert in the region of the brain controlling hormones and appetite.