Manchester - Biology

Tuesday 26th November 2019

10.45am to 3.30pm
Whitworth Hall

plus examiner sessions with Michelle Oldfield

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The Scientists appearing on the day

Prof Steve Jones

Is Man Just Another Mammal?

Humans and chimpanzees share approximately 95% DNA. But what does this really tell us about ourselves? Professor Steve Jones tells us what Darwin’s revolutionary idea and modern genetics reveal about homo sapiens.

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 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 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

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

Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell

A Life In Science 

There are few people better placed to talk about how a life in science can be uniquely compelling and rewarding. Professor Rothwell’s research is in the field of neuroscience and has contributed towards major advances in the understanding and treatment of brain damage in stroke and head injury. She is President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Manchester, the first woman in the role.