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Alex Horne
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Alex Horne

Jan 9, 2015

Alex Horne is a comedian and the host of The Horne Section, a live music variety show on BBC Radio 4.  He is also regularly performing live across the UK and his 2014 show Monsieur Butterfly was nominated for the top comedy award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.  He makes frequent appearances on a variety of television shows and also found time to author...

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Professor Barry Marshall
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Professor Barry Marshall is an Australian physician, Professor of Clinical Microbiology at the University of Western Australia and the winner of the 2005 Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine for his discovery, along with Dr Robert Warren, of helicobacter pylori and its relationship to the cause of peptic ulcers.  Their particular process of discovery has become something of science legend.  As well as the...

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Professor Peter Doherty
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Professor Peter Doherty is an Australian medical researcher specialising in infectious diseases.  His research with Rolf Zinkernagel into how the body’s immune cells protect against viruses won them both the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine in 1995.  In 1997, Peter was also named Australian of the Year, made a Companion of the Order of Australia and named by the National Trust as one...

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Professor Fiona Wood
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Professor Fiona Wood

Nov 25, 2014

Professor Fiona Wood is a plastic surgeon specialising in burns.  She is the director of the Royal Perth Hospital burns unit and a Clinical Professor at the University of Western Australia.  Along with Marie Stoner, Fiona developed the revolutionary ‘spray on skin’ for burns victims, which has changed the way burns victims can be helped across the globe.  Following the 2002 Bali bombings, she...

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Adam Spencer
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Adam Spencer

Nov 25, 2014

Adam Spencer was studying for his PhD in Pure Mathematics at the University of Sydney when he won a national stand-up comedy competition run by the youth and alternative radio network Triple J.  Since then, Adam has had a successful comedy career as a TV and radio personality before calling it quits in 2013 to once again focus on maths.  He is currently the...

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Professor Patrick McGorry
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    Professor Patrick McGorry is a psychiatrist and Professor of Youth Mental Health at the University of Melbourne, and is probably best known for his development of early intervention services for youth.  He is a strong campaigner for youth mental health in Australia and is a director of Orygen, the National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health, and a founder of Headspace,...

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Lawrence Leung
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Lawrence Leung

Nov 25, 2014

Lawrence Leung is a writer, comedian, director and actor from Melbourne, Australia.  Having studied psychology at university his work often takes a skeptical, or nerdy, direction.  He is known for his TV series ‘Lawrence Leung’s Choose Your Own Adventure’ and ‘Lawrence Leung’s Unbelieavable’ as well as his award winning live shows that have toured both Australia and the UK such as ’Skeptic’ and ‘Lawrence...

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Professor Leonie Rennie
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Leonie Rennie is an Emeritus Professor in Science and Technology Education at Curtin University in Western Australia.  After studying geology, Leonie has gone on to a long and distinguished career where she has worked in, and researched, science education resulting in her publishing over 200 refereed journal articles, served on the boards of countless science education initiatives and has had key roles in many...

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Stephen Fry
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Stephen Fry

Aug 18, 2014

  Stephen Fry is a comedian, actor, writer and presenter.  His incredible career began at Cambridge University with the Footlights, where he would meet long-time comedic collaborator Hugh Laurie with whom he would create A Bit of Fry and Laurie and star in Jeeves and Wooster.  He has gone on to become an award-winning author of multiple books and an actor in film, television...

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A.C. Grayling
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A.C. Grayling

Aug 18, 2014

Professor Anthony Clifford “A.C.” Grayling is a philosopher and founder and first Master of the New College of the Humanities, an independent college in London.  He is the author of over 30 books on philosophy.  His main interests lie in metaphysics and philosophical logic and he is often associated with the new atheist movement.  He also sits on the board for a number of...

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Professor Fay Dowker
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Professor Fay Dowker

Aug 18, 2014

  Fay Dowker is a cosmologist and professor of Theoretical Physics at Imperial College London.  As a student she studied wormholes, was awarded the Tyson Medal and completed her PhD under the supervision of none other than Professor Stephen Hawking.  She is currently conducting research in the areas of quantum gravity and casual set theory. So, quantum gravity is my day job, that’s what...

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Dr Dean Burnett
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Dr Dean Burnett

Aug 18, 2014

Dean Burnett is a doctor of neuroscience at Cardiff University working in the Institute of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences.  He is also a comedy writer and part time stand-up comedian.  His comedy work revolves around science and he is the author the popular Guardian blog Brain Flapping. I’ve had a couple of people who don’t think it’s acceptable to portray science in an...

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Baba Brinkman & Dr Heather Berlin
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Baba Brinkman is a Canadian rapper and poet who is best known for combing science and literature with hip-hop music.  In 2009 he wrote and performed ‘The Rap Guide to Evolution’ which was deemed the first peer-reviewed rap show.  His show ‘Ingenious Nature’ played to critical acclaim off-Broadway in 2012. Dr Heather Berlin is an American neuroscientist who obtained her doctorate in experimental neuropsychology. ...

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Mark Henderson
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Mark Henderson

Jun 22, 2014

Mark Henderson is Head of Communications at the Wellcome Trust, a global charity supporting and celebrating biomedical research and the medical humanities. Previously he was the science editor of the Times newspaper in the UK.  He is the author of two books, ‘The Geek Manifesto’ and ’50 Genetic Ideas You Really Need to Know’. What I think is really exciting are the teachers who...

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Dr Andrew Steele
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Dr Andrew Steele

Jun 22, 2014

Andrew Steele works as a computational biologist for Cancer Research UK, despite gaining his PhD in physics.  He is a leading science communicator, particularly in the area of science funding. A lot of the simple problems have been solved, really. On becoming interested in science My mum always tells me it was when I was about seven, I started looking up at the stars...

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Fran Scott
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Fran Scott

May 19, 2014

  Fran Scott describes herself as ‘not your typical scientist’.  She is an experienced science demonstrator, translator and developer for both children and adults alike on stage and screen.  Whilst her degree is in neuroscience, Fran has been known to tackle all aspects of science and engineering in her shows, making sure the scientific concepts are accessible to a wide ranging audience. I always...

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Prof Tim Spector
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Prof Tim Spector

May 19, 2014

Tim Spector is a Professor of Genetic Epidemiology at Kings College London as well as the Director of the Department of Twins Research and Epidemiology at St Thomas’ Hospital.  In 1993 he was the founder of the UK Twins Registry which remains one of the largest collections of genotype and phenotype information on twins in the world.  He is also a successful popular science...

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Billy Bragg
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Billy Bragg

Apr 17, 2014

  Billy Bragg is a folk singer-songwriter and prominent left-wing activist.  He is regarded as one of the greatest protest singers of his generation and his lyrics primarily deal in themes of politics and romance.  He has performed all across the world and has regularly appeared on science and rational themed shows including ‘The Infinite Monkey Cage’and Robin Ince and Brian Cox’s Hammersmith Apollo...

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Dr Emily Grossman
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Dr Emily Grossman

Apr 17, 2014

  Dr Emily Grossman is a science communicator and broadcaster who is an expert in molecular biology and genetics.  She has taught in a wide range of schools and museums across the UK as well as regularly appearing on a mix of radio and television programmes.  In 2014 she took up the role of biology expert in Sky’s science panel show ‘Duck Quacks Don’t...

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Dr Tom Whyntie
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Dr Tom Whyntie

Apr 17, 2014

  Dr Tom Whyntie is the ‘Researcher in Residence’for the CERN@school project across the UK, the aim of which is to get as many schools as possible interested in, and working in, physics.  He completed his PhD at Imperial College as part of the High Energy Physics group working on the Compact Muon Solenoid experiment at the LHC. This is a chance to have...

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Dr Stuart Derbyshire
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Dr Stuart Derbyshire

Apr 17, 2014

Dr Stuart Derbyshire is an associate professor and faculty member of the University of Birmingham where he conducts research in the area of functional pain: that is pain that cannot be explained by injury or disease. There clearly is a nervous system that’s necessary for pain, heads full of sawdust do not complain of pain. On getting interested in science Actually it was a...

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