Date & time

Mon, 27 Nov 2017
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 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.

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.

The aged immune system – why granny cant fight the superbugs. Janet Lord, University of Birmingham

The immune system declines with age leaving us susceptible to infection and less able to respond to prophylactic measures such as vaccination. Professor Lord will discuss what happens to the immune system with age and her research to prevent this.

Janet Lord

About Professor Janet Lord

Professor Lord is director of the Institute of Inflammation and Ageing at Birmingham University.

How animals behave and why – from moths to meerkats Tristram Wyatt, Oxford University

New technologies like bar-coded ants and virtual fish let us study animal behaviour in ways never before possible. Discover what makes animals tick, how we can understand meerkat societies, and what zombie cockroaches can tell us about the brain.

Tristram Wyatt

About Dr Tristram Wyatt

Tristram is a researcher and the author of ‘Animal Behaviour: a Very Short Introduction’.  His TED talk on human pheromones has had more than a 1 million views.