Date & time

Tue, 23 Jan 2024
10:30 - 15:00


University of Warwick
Gibbet Hill Rd
Coventry, CV4 7AL

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About this day

Welcome to GCSE Science in Action!

Join us for the ultimate science enrichment day for KS4 students! 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.

“A brilliant day full of great examples of real-life science”

Science Teacher, March 2023

Programme & speakers

An ocean of physics Helen Czerski, University College London

Earth’s ocean is a liquid engine, a spherical machine that surrounds our planet and dictates conditions on our planet. This talk will cover how much physics there is in the natural world, and discuss a recent research expedition to the North Atlantic to watch the ocean breathing. 

Helen Czerski

About Dr Helen Czerski

Helen is a physicist, oceanographer, broadcaster and writer. She is an Associate Professor in at University College London, and her TV programmes, columns, stage work, podcasts and books focus on the physics of everyday life and Planet Earth. (Image credit: Emma Gibson)

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.

How to build an atmosphere from scratch Simon Clark, Author and Science Communicator

What is an atmosphere, and how does it work? To answer those questions, I’ll rebuild Earth’s atmosphere from scratch and simulate how it will behave using a realistic computer model.

Simon Clark

About Dr Simon Clark

Following a PhD in atmospheric physics, Simon became a full-time science communicator, specialising in YouTube videos about topics in Earth science, such as climate change. He regularly livestreams on Twitch, lectures on science communication, and wrote a book, Firmament, as an introduction to and history of atmospheric science.

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.

Bring Back the King Helen Pilcher, Author and Science Communicator

Join Helen as she explains how advances in genetics have made de-extinction a reality; and how the re-appearance of woolly mammoths, baby-burping frogs and other animals will soon put an end to the dogma that extinction is forever.

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.