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It's All Academic Festival: Back the Future

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Join our host, TV presenter and UCL researcher Dr Chris van Tulleken, as leading UCL academics share their ground-breaking research on the future of everything from evolution to education before we open up to the floor for a lively discussion on what the future has in store for humanity.

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Dr Chris van Tulleken
Chris trained in medicine at Oxford and is a Member of the Royal College of Physicians. He has a diploma in Tropical Medicine from the London School of Tropical Medicine and after more than a decade working in the NHS he is now doing a PhD in Molecular Virology under the supervision of Greg Towers at UCL. He is one of the BBC’s leading science presenters and has worked on many programs including: Trust Me, I'm a Doctor, Horizon, The Truth About..., Operation Iceberg, Cloud Lab, Museum of Life, and Blizzard: Race to the Pole, among others.

Professor John O’Keefe
John is Director of the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits & Behaviour and Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience in the Department of Cell & Developmental Biology, Division of Biosciences at UCL. In 2014 John was awarded the Nobel Prize Physiology or Medicine for research which transformed our understanding of spatial memory in the brain. He discovered that animals have an ‘internal GPS’, where individual cells respond to an animal’s physical position in space, creating a cognitive map. John’s insight fundamentally shows how we navigate through a complex world.

Dr Zoe Laughlin
Zoe is co-founder/director of the Institute of Making and the Materials Library. Working at the interface of the science, art, craft and design of materials, her work ranges from formal experiments with matter, to materials consultancy and large-scale public exhibitions and events with partners including Tate Modern, the Hayward Gallery, the V&A and the Wellcome Collection. Her particular areas of interest are currently The Sound of Materials, The Taste of Materials and The Performativity of Matter, with outputs ranging from theatrical demonstration lectures to the making of instruments and features on both radio and television, including BBC’s The Big Life Fix.

Professor Hugh Montgomery
Hugh is Professor of intensive Care at UCL. He is known for his pioneering genetic research into the ACE fitness gene, which determines our capacity for either strength or endurance. Hugh also has a strong interest in environmental impacts on health, and in climate change in particular. As if that was not enough, he is also a children's author, and has complemented his interest in fitness with achievements which include 100km ultramarathons, holding the world record for underwater piano playing (he was 19 and spent 110 hours underwater to raise money for the first portable ultrasound machine), as well as climbing 8200m to the peak of Cho Oyu in 2006 with the Xtreme Everest research group.

Professor Kate Bowers
Professor in Crime Science at UCL’s Department of Security and Crime Science, Kate Bowers has been involved in her field for 25 years. Having published around 100 papers and chapters in crime science, her research interests focus on the use of quantitative methods in crime analysis and crime prevention. Her work to date has been funded by grants from the Home Office, the US Department of Justice the Police, the Department for Education and Skills, and UK research councils such as the ESRC and AHRC and she has advised on numerous high-profile projects for the likes of the Home Office and the US Office of the Assistant Attorney.

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