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The following are the Biology in the Real World talks that have taken place at the Association for Science Education's annual conference. 


In 2015 the talks for Biology in the Real World theme was  "A Voyage of Discovery"

  • Osteoporosis: The final Frontier (Dr Adrian Moore, University College Birmingham)
  • Growing cells in a new dimension (Professor Stefan Przyborski, Durham University)
  • Space Flight: A model of human ageing (Professor Stephen Harridge, King’s College London)
  • Life on Mars: the past and the possibilities (Dr Louisa Preston, University of Cambridge)
  • Beloved Barnacles: Learning from Darwin’s Collections (Miranda Lowe, Natural History Museum)
  • Life in Town: Adapting to city life (Linda Birkin, University of Sussex)
  • Wandering Seabirds (Professor Tim Guilford, Oxford University)

You can read a summary of the Biology in the Real World talks by Catherine Russell 2014 winner of School Biology Teacher of the Year and Chair for the talks.


In 2014 the talks focused on 'Biology in the Real World: Powering Life'

  • Mighty Mitochondria (Dr Daniel Tennant, University of Birmingham)
  • Waste into Energy (Dr Angela Murray, University of Birmingham)
  • Metabolism and Energy Balance (Professor Julian Hamilton, University of Bristol)
  • Natural selection as the power house of diversity: adaptation of form and behaviour to the environment (Dr Susannah KS Thorpe, University of Birmingham)
  • Life without Light (Dr Rich Boden, Plymouth University)
  • Drug Development: the unexpected role of plants (Dr Alison Foster, University of Oxford)
  • Plants and Pressure (Dr Jeremy Prichard, University of Birmingham)


This years talks focused on 'Biology in the Real World: Brilliant Breakthroughs.' Below are PowerPoints presentations from the event and short films are available on the BBSRC website.


In 2012, in recognition of the Olympics taking place in the UK, the series of talks for Biology in the Real World were on 'A Sporting Chance'. PowerPoints of the presentations are available below.