About this day
Kick off British Science Week with the ultimate science enrichment day for KS4 students! Five interactive and highly engaging sessions will inspire and challenge your students. There will be demonstrations and audience participation, and students will discover the wonder of science in our specially designed programme, delivered by the leading lights in the field. A session on examination success will equip students with the tools to succeed. This is Science in Action!
Programme & speakers
Kitchen Chemistry Jamie Gallagher, Science Presenter
Chemical reactions aren’t confined to beakers in laboratories – our day to day lives are packed with amazing and overlooked chemical reactions. Take a tour around the kitchen with Jamie Gallagher and explore the sights, sounds and smells of everyday chemistry. Explosive oranges, disgusting cola and the secrets of sugar all lie in wait as we put the ‘ordinary’ world under a microscope.
About Dr Jamie Gallagher
Jamie is an award winning science communicator with a PhD in chemistry and electrical engineering. He has appeared on TV, radio, and stages around the world and was recognised as one of the 100 leading practicing scientists in the UK by the Science Council.
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.
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.
Seeing Jupiter’s aurora in a different light Affelia Wibisono, UCL Mullard Space Science Laboratory
As beautiful as the Earth’s northern and southern lights are, they can’t compete with Jupiter’s. Its aurorae dwarf our planet’s in every way and span almost every part of the electromagnetic spectrum. But what can Jupiter’s aurorae teach us about the Sun and what do they have to do with alien worlds and black holes?
About Dr Affelia Wibisono
Affelia Wibisono is a Space Physicist and Science Communicator. During their PhD, they used observations by space telescopes, such as XMM-Newton, the Hubble Space Telescope, and the Juno spacecraft to investigate how and why Jupiter produces intense X-ray northern and southern lights.
How to Freeze a Human Alex Baker, University of Warwick
In every cell in every tissue and every organ of your body, millions and millions of reactions are being carried out to keep you alive. The key ingredient in all these reactions is heat, so what happens if we drop the temperature? Could we cryogenically preserve organs and blood? Alex will explore the science and cutting-edge research behind cryogenics and consider how to freeze a human.
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.
Wildlife Chain Reactions Lucy Eckersley, Royal Society of Biology, Wildlife Presenter & Photographer
The natural world is in a careful balance, but climate change is about to disrupt all that. Follow food webs and trophic cascades to see what happens if remove (or add!) animals to ecosystems, and what conservation in the real world looks like.
About Lucy Eckersley
Lucy is a freelance science communicator, presenter and wildlife photographer. Her scientific background is in wild animal biology where she studied wild cats in a collaboration between the Royal Veterinary College and London Zoo.