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5 speakers 15 minutes each

Wed 20th Mar 2013

The Science Museum

7pm

SoldOut

Sara Rankin

Sara Rankin

Professor Sara Rankin has a degree and PhD in Pharmacology from Kings College London. Following research training in the University of California and at Cancer Research UK she joined the National Heart and Lung Institute (NHLI) in 1995. Now a Professor in Leukocyte and Stem Cell Biology at Imperial College London, she is a fellow of the Society of Biology and a Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator. Her current research is in the new field of regenerative pharmacology, investigating how we can use drugs to stimulate bone marrow stem cells to repair the body.

In addition she is part of a European consortium aimed at optimizing regeneration of de-cellularized trachea scaffolds in vivo and is Theme Lead for Biology and Therapeutics in the Centre for Blast Injury Studies at Imperial. She has published extensively and is regularly invited to present her work at both national and international scientific meetings. Prof Rankin is committed to public engagement activities and in this capacity she is the NHLI’s Lead for Outreach, runs stem cell workshops for pupils and teachers, regularly participates in public debates and is the lead scientist in an arts project, “Wasted”, currently on tour in the UK.

Frank Swain

Frank Swain

Frank Swain is a science writer and broadcaster who has written for the Times, Telegraph, Guardian, Wired, New Scientist, BBC Focus, Slate, Microbiologist, Stylist, IET, and Plastic Rhino. He is the creator of SciencePunk.com, now hosted at the iScienceBlogs portal. His broadcast work includes developing programmes for BBC Radio 4 and Bravo, as well as advising for other networks. He’s appeared on BBC radios 5Live, 4, Oxford and Three Counties, Newstalk.ie, as well as More4 News, to discuss science topics. Frank has hosted science events at the Wellcome Trust, the Barbican, the Secret Garden Party and Shambala festivals and the BA Festival of Science, and spoken at schools and universities across the country including Cambridge and Imperial College London. His first book, How to Make a Zombie, is out in June from OneWorld Publications. Find him on Twitter: @SciencePunk

Victoria Herridge

Victoria Herridge

Dr Victoria Herridge has a degree in Biology and a PhD in Paleontology from University College London. Her current research at the Natural History Museum (NHM) is funded by the Natural Environmental Research Council and focuses on the evolution of island mammals during the Pleistocene period, a time more commonly known as the last Ice Age. Together with Dr Adrian Lister, she identified the smallest mammoth ever known to have lived, and her internationally recognised work helps us understand evolutionary responses to extreme climate change. She has ongoing collaborations with international institutions, including New York University. She acts as a consultant for BBC documentaries and regularly holds gallery interaction sessions, workshops and discussions for children and the public at the NHM and national science festivals. She is currently writing her first book, to be published by Bloomsbury in 2015. Find her on Twitter: @ToriHerridge

Alok Jha

Alok Jha

Alok Jha is a science correspondent at the Guardian. In addition to writing news and comment, he presents the Science Weekly podcast. A physics graduate from Imperial College London, he has been at the Guardian since the launch of the science supplement, Life, in 2003. He is also the author of The Doomsday Handbook: 50 Ways to the End of the World and How To Live Forever And 34 Other Really Interesting Uses for Science, both published by Quercus. You can find him on Twitter at @alokjha

Gabrielle Walker

Gabrielle Walker

Gabrielle Walker has a PhD in natural sciences from Cambridge University and has taught at both Cambridge and Princeton universities. She is Chief Scientist of strategic advisory firm Xyntéo, a consultant to New Scientist, contributes frequently to BBC radio and writes for many newspapers and magazines. In 2009 and 2011 respectively she presented the Planet Earth Under Threat series and Thin Air for BBC Radio 4, and in 2011 she presented The Secret Life of Ice for BBC4. She has just published Antarctica: An Intimate Portrait of the World's Most Mysterious Continent. She lives in London.