Manchester - Biology

Thursday 1st February 2018

10.45am to 3.30pm
Whitworth Hall

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The Scientists appearing on the day

Prof Robert Winston

On Human Progress
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.

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.