Impressive range of speakers at GCSE Science Live

Last week, the scientifically interested of Block 4 recently attended GCSE Science Live in Oxford, an annual series of talks given by prominent British scientists to inform and encourage the next generation of minds in the field of science. The speakers included geneticist Professor Steve Jones, engineer and materials scientist Professor Mark Midownik, inorganic chemist Professor Andrea Sella, Professor Lord Robert Winston, soon-to-be presenter of Sky at Night Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock, and the GCSE Science Chief Examiner .

The talks encompassed a wide range of subjects, whether it was Professor Jones informing about nature, nurture and obesity, Professor Midownik on drawing engineering inspiration from nature, Professor Sella on the enigma of the stripy beetroot and oscillating chemical reactions, Professor Lord Winston on the approaching reality of genetic modification of humans, Dr Aderin-Pocock on travel to Mars, or simply how to beat the exam.

The talks were well attended, with students from schools all over the country filling the enormous New Theatre in Oxford. The talks were fascinating and the students responded well, prompting lively debate afterwards.

By Noah Clarke Hall, Block 4


Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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