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BBSRC Innovator to inspire teachers at January science event

19 December 2012

BBSRC's Social Innovator of the Year 2012, Professor Russell Foster, will be the guest speaker at a series of talks and activities to inspire science teachers next month at the University of Reading.

Professor Russell Foster. Image Tim Gander
Professor Russell Foster. Image: Tim Gander

Professor Foster, who discovered a new class of light receptor in the human eye, is appearing as part of the 'Biology in the Real World' programme at The Association for Science Education (ASE) annual conference at The University of Reading, between January 2-5.

Biology in the Real World is an annual event at the conference organised by The Nucleus Group, a group of learned societies and similar not-for-profit organisations including BBSRC.

Professor Foster, from Oxford University, will talk about light, body clocks and sleep on January 4 to some of the 3,000 science teachers who attend the four-day conference.

Other talks on January 4 as part of Biology in the Real World, which this year has the theme of 'Brilliant Breakthroughs', will include subjects such as cannabis and epilepsy, astrobiology and transforming photosynthesis.

A series of practical sessions will showcase a range of activities to do with eyes and vision related to current research in the biosciences, including one investigating the absorbance of ultraviolet light by the eye tissues and the protective effects of sunglasses.

Dr Tristan Maclean, inspiring young scientists co-ordinator at BBSRC, said: "Biology in the Real World provides a great opportunity to inspire teachers by updating them on the latest research. We're very lucky to have Professor Foster giving a talk this year on his discovery of a new type of cell in the eye. I'm also really excited to share our new practicals with teachers and hear about how they can use them in class."

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