London - Biology

Friday 22nd November 2019

10.45am to 3.30pm
Apollo Victoria Theatre

plus two examiner sessions with Michelle Oldfield

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The Scientists appearing on the day

Prof Robert Winston

Human Progress 

The pioneering figure in IVF treatment, Robert Winston, has a rare gift for communicating scientific ideas in the most engaging way imaginable. We are lucky to have him speaking in-depth about the science of human progress and the ethical questions this raises.

He is a medical doctor, distinguished scientist, particularly in the area of human fertility in which he is a pioneer of IVF treatment. He, like most of our contributors, has the gift of being able to communicate in a most engaging way. not surprisingly he is also a well-known broadcaster and in addition he is also a politician who sits on the Labour Party benches in the House of Lords. We are lucky to have him speaking in-depth about the science of human reproduction and its manipulation.

Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore

The Teenage Brain

We are delighted that the award-winning neuroscientist from UCL will be giving a talk on her cutting-edge research on the adolescent brain. Her talk will give fascinating and nuanced scientific insight into this unique period of the human life.

Dr Adam Rutherford

A brief history of everyone who ever lived

Of all the historical texts available to us, none is richer than the one we carry inside every cell. Geneticist, author and broadcaster Dr Adam Rutherford explores how understanding DNA has helped to re-paint the picture of the human story.

A science writer and presenter, Dr Rutherford 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.

Dr Jenny Rohn

Revenge of the Microbes

What are bacteria? How do antibiotics work? And what can we do about increasing antibiotic resistance? Dr Jenny Rohn will look at the fascinating and terrifying world of bacteria.

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.

Prof Sir Venki Ramakrishnan

On ribosomes: the Gene Machine

NOBEL PRIZE-WINNING biologist, he is President of the Royal Society and head of the Ramakrishnan Lab at the Laboratory for Molecular Biology at the University of Cambridge. His talk will be based on his memoir, The Gene Machine, which tells the story of his Nobel prize-winning contribution towards solving the structure of the ribosome – the enormously complex molecule that makes DNA come to life.