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Celebrating British Science Week with Northbank Speakers


British Science Week is a ten-day celebration throughout the UK with the aim of celebrating science, engineering, technology and maths. The theme for 2024 is ‘Time’. From the split second it takes to save a life at the frontline of emergency medicine, to celestial bodies forming over millions of years, Northbank represents inspiring and insightful keynote speakers across a range of scientific disciplines that can put your universe in perspective.

Kevin Fong The Artifical Human

Kevin’s latest radio show, The Artificial Human, co-hosted with Aleks Krotoski. 

Dr Kevin Fong OBE currently flies as part of a Helicopter Emergency Medical Service crew in the UK. With degrees in astrophysics, medicine and engineering, he is also something of a renaissance man. Having worked with NASA’s human space flight programme in Houston, Kevin also has a unique perspective on science, technology, exploration and the limits of the human body which he has brought to life in his incredible talks inspiring a global audience at both public and corporate events.

Katherine Templar-Lewis is a cognitive scientist, science communicator, and co-founder and director of Kinda Studios, a female strong creative neuroscience studio exploring the aesthetics of human experience. Her interdisciplinary research brings scientists and creatives together to solve the complex and very human challenges we face today, informing her talks on uncertainty, connection and emotion, as well as how to harness the power of neuroaesthetics through creative design, immersive experiences and events.

Dr Tim Gregory works full-time as a nuclear chemist in the heart of the British nuclear industry. His love for science shines through in his day job, public speaking, and media activities. When not in the lab, he’s regularly speaking to corporate and educational audiences about the potential of nuclear energy for reaching net zero, as well as the hidden opportunities in nuclear material everywhere from medicine to space travel.

Dr Beth Healey is an Emergency Medicine doctor who has worked in a number of extreme and remote environments including Svalbard, Siberia, Greenland and the North Pole. As research MD for the European Space Agency she overwintered in Antarctica, researching the effects of isolation and extreme environment on the physiology and psychology of the crew. Drawing on these, Beth talks about coping with isolation; transferring processes and technology advancements between industries; and building high-performing teams.

Jeff Forshaw is professor of theoretical particle physics at the University of Manchester, inspired by the deep mystery at the heart of the universe and humanity’s noble quest to understand it. Together with Brian Cox, he has written four best-selling popular science books. In his mind-expanding talks, Jeff takes audiences on journeys through the cosmos, from the time before the big bang, through the key discoveries of the Large Hadron Collider and the future applications of quantum physics and quantum computing.

Dr Becky Smethurst is an award-winning astrophysicist and science communicator. Based at the University of Oxford, her highly popular YouTube channel Dr Becky (over 700,000 subscribers) engages 2 million viewers each month with her videos on weird objects in space, the history of science and monthly recaps of space news.

Richard Aldrich is a leading cyber-security and technology expert and Professor of International Security at the University of Warwick. He has been involved in major European projects including H2020 DigiGen and the Jean Monnet Cyberdiplomacy programme. He speaks on the most pressing current issues, including coming international regulatory battles over AI; the decline of confidentiality in the age of ‘big data’; and the shifting landscape of cyber-power.

Suzie Imber is Professor of Planetary Science at the University of Leicester, specialising in studying space weather. In addition, Suzie has been an elite athlete, discovered and climbed mountains and won the BBC show Astronauts: Do you have what it takes? in which she was put through the rigorous astronaut selection process. In her talks, Suzie talks about setting and striving towards goals; the future of human spaceflight; and the role teamwork, leadership and resilience when responding quickly to life threatening situations.

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