Birmingham – Biology

Wednesday 7th February 2018

10.45am to 3.30pm
Town Hall

plus two examiner sessions

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The Scientists appearing on the day

Prof Steve Jones

On the Origin of Species: Updated
A leading research geneticist (at University College London) and a prolific author with many beautifully written books on evolution, none more so than Almost Like A Whale, which updates Darwin’s world-changing publication, taking into account a century and a half of major advances in evolutionary biology. What’s amazing is how intact Darwin’s great idea remains today. This will be at the centre of Professor Jones’s lecture.

Prof Sophie Scott

On why we laugh
Although Professor Scott will talk about why we crack up (and she is an occasional stand-up comedian), this subject is no joke. This is a chance to see how neuroscience helps to explain many aspects of human behaviour in a consistent and scientific way. She is a neuroscientist from University College London and is the Wellcome Trust senior fellow and Deputy Director of the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience.

Professor Adam Hart

On the staggering diversity of planet Earth

Professor of Science Communication at the University of Gloucestershire and Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology , his background is in entomology and ecology. He’s a regular broadcaster, who has made documentaries for BBC Radio 4, BBC 2 and BBC Four, including Planet Ant, a subject he will be speaking about at Science Live.

Dr Jenny Rohn

On bacteria and antibiotics: Revenge of the Microbes

She is a cell biologist from University College London, where she is head of a cell biology lab which looks at how the cells of our body interact with invading bacteria. She has also studied cell shape for a Wellcome Trust Fellowship. As well as this, she is the author of two novels and founder of the website lablit.com.

Dr Adam Rutherford

On everyone who ever lived

A science writer and presenter. He is a geneticist who is Honorary Research Fellow at University College London. His books include the award-winning Creation and more recently and to much acclaim, A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived. He has presented many science programmes on the BBC, including Inside Science, The Gene Code and the 2014 series of Horizon. His talk will be on genetics.

 

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