Date & time

Mon, 11 Mar 2024
10:45 - 15:15


Emmanuel Centre, London
9 - 23 Marsham Street
London, SW1P 3DW

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About this day

Welcome to GCSE Science in Action!

Join us for the ultimate science enrichment day for KS4 students and kick of British Science Week in style! Through five interactive and highly engaging sessions your students will deepen their understanding of key scientific principles and discover the wonder of science.

Our talented speakers from academia and industry will wow audiences with incredible insights into their work and inspire students to become the scientists of the future. A special session on examination success will ensure students are equipped with the tools they need to excel in their GCSE Science exams.

There will be plenty of interactivity throughout the day, with polls, quizzes and (of course) your chance to question the scientists – join us at GCSE Science in Action and prepare to be amazed.

Programme & speakers

Sliced Bread Greg Foot, Science Presenter and Communicator

We are constantly bombarded with adverts hyping up the latest wonder-products promising to make us happier, healthier or greener… But what are the facts behind the fads? Join BBC Science Journalist Greg Foot, host of the popular ’Sliced Bread’ podcast, to investigate whether a batch of these wonder-products really are the best thing since Sliced Bread?

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.

A Solar Symphony: Unearthing the secret vibrations of our Sun Tishtrya Mehta, University of Warwick

Helioseismology is the science of Earthquakes on the Sun. In this session we will discover the harmonies that orchestrate the celestial dance of our own star, revealing insights into its composition, structure, and evolution. Prepare to be mesmerized by the captivating melodies of our Sun and other stars.

Tishtrya Mehta

About Dr Tishtrya Mehta

Tish is an astrophysicist who specialises in helioseismology, the study of the ‘music’ made by stars like the Sun. She also investigates the subtle variations in star brightness, which could unlock insights into space weather and potential threats from the cosmos.

Let's Talk about Scent Mikhaela Neequaye, Research Scientist at the John Innes Centre

It’s time to have that talk… the birds and the bees. Plants have been playing the attraction game with them for millennia, altering sights, shapes and – the topic of this talk – smells. How are flowers able to produce such an array of aromas and how do these adaptations change over evolutionary time? How do we know that the pollinators can even tell what’s right under their noses? 

Mikhaela Neequaye

About Dr Mikhaela Neequaye

Mikhaela Neequaye, PhD, studies the evolution of floral traits as part of the newly established Byers Lab at the John Innes Centre. She is a chemical ecologist, with a background in molecular genetics. Mikhaela is a British-Ghanaian and a recipient of the Rosalind Franklin Society Award in Science.

Worth Dyeing For - The Colourful Creation of Organic Chemistry Alex Baker, University of Warwick

Dyes and paints have been used for millennia, but where do the chemicals that make colours come from? How has their use shaped history and how did a few chemists change the world forever? From cave-paintings to blue jeans to antibiotics, let’s journey through history and explore how organic chemistry laid the foundations for the modern world.

Alex Baker

About Dr Alex Baker

Alex is an organic chemist with a particular interest in carbohydrates, polymers and nanoparticles. His work is used to design medical diagnostics with a particular focus on the developing world and fighting health inequalities.

Tickets for the Ark Rebecca Nesbit, Ecologist, Author and Science Communicator

Today, over a million species are teetering on the edge of extinction. No-matter what we do, we can’t save them all. But how do we decide who we help survive, and who we allow to disappear forever? In this thought-provoking session Rebecca will explore whether bees really are better than wasps, and if having fewer trees could reduce climate change.

Rebecca Nesbit

About Dr Rebecca Nesbit

Rebecca is an ecologist with a PhD in butterfly migration. She enjoys exploring the ethical questions that science raises. Her most recent popular science book, Tickets for the Ark, explores conservation dilemmas from around the world and was named New Scientist Book of the Year 2022.