Date & time

Tue, 8 Nov 2022
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 this autumn! Five interactive and engaging sessions delivered by renowned scientists and communicators will inspire and motivate your students. Science writer Helen Pilcher will chair the event, and inspirational biology teacher Leah McClure will deliver a special session with hints and tips for revision and examination success will provide students with the tools to succeed. This is an unmissable and tremendously popular day, and we look forward to welcoming you and your students this autumn.

“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

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.

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.

Life Changing Helen Pilcher, Author and Science Communicator

Ever since our species first evolved, we have been tinkering with nature and altering the course of evolution. Now we share our planet with genetically modified wolves, pizzly bears and cloned polo ponies. Join Helen as she explores the legacy created by this evolutionary mischief-making and explores how humans are changing life on Earth.

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.

Can our immune system be a personalised cancer cure? John James, University of Warwick

Why is cancer so difficult for our immune system to deal with? New drugs and therapies are beginning to overcome this hurdle and truly cure cancer patients, by enhancing their own immune cells to destroy tumours from within.

John James

About Dr John James

John studied Biochemistry, before completing a PhD in Molecular Immunology focussed on T cells, an essential blood cell-type of our immune system. He develops new tools to reverse-engineer how T cells recognise infected cells and ‘calculate’ the best response to keep us healthy.

Live long and prosper? Oyinlola Oyebode, Queen Mary, University of London

What can we do to improve our chances of a long and healthy life? Should we be able to choose to do things that might kill us? How can people be persuaded or supported to make choices that will lead to long and healthy lives? In this session we will learn about the dilemmas facing public health decision makers.

Oyinlola Oyebode

About Professor Oyinlola Oyebode

After degrees in Natural Sciences and Neuroscience, Oyinlola completed training in Public Health in 2014. Now a Professor of Public Health at Queen Mary University of London, she studies the behaviours that can make us healthier.