London - Biology

Thursday 7th December 2017

10.45am to 3.30pm
Friends House

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.

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 Ben Goldacre

Bad Trials
Randomised controlled trials are supposed to be the gold standard, the most “fair tests” of which intervention works best. But sometimes, through cunning or incompetence, trials can be biased by design: so that they overstate the benefits, and hide the side effects. This talk is a greatest hits of bad trial design; in the hands of the enemy, it is a manual for deceit; in the hands of the good, it is vital self-defence.

Ben Goldacre is the author of Bad Science and Bad Pharma and a Senior Clinical Research Fellow at the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine at Oxford University. 

 

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Dr Hannah Critchlow

On the human brain

A neuroscientist from the University of Cambridge. Her research is in cellular and molecular as well as behavioural and cognitive neuroscience. She was named one of the UK’s Top 100 Scientists by the Science Council. In her talk she will be demystifying that most opaque organ – the brain.