London - Biology

Friday 18th January 2019

10.45am to 3.30pm
Apollo Victoria Theatre

plus two examiner sessions

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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 Ben Goldacre

The MMR Scandal and Other Scientific Quackery

Ben Goldacre has spent much of his career as an author, broadcaster and academic unpicking the misuse of science and statistics by journalists, politicians, quacks and drug companies – no more so than after the 1998 MMR hoax, whose dangerous influence is still felt today.

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.

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