Thank you to all of you who contributed to our second Horizons in STEM Conference in Edinburgh, and made it such a success.

Below are details of the programme from Edinburgh.

We hope to see you at next year’s conference on 28-29 June 2018 at the University of Hull.

Conference programme June 2017:

The final programme (version 3) can be viewed here.

Keynote speakers:

Professor Pat Bailey

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Pat Bailey (FRSC, FRSE, FRSAMC, FHEA) has been the Deputy Vice Chancellor of London South Bank University since September 2014. Prior to this, he has held academic posts at the Universities of York, Heriot-Watt, Manchester and Keele. He has wide experience of supporting and leading educational activities, as well as having a strong research record. His teaching has been recognised by a number of awards, including his appointment as a National Teaching Fellow in 2005, and he is a member of the TEF Panel. His research expertise is in medicinal chemistry (>100 papers), especially the synthesis of biologically active heterocycles and the development of drug delivery systems, for which he has attracted significant funding (ca £4M). He is a passionate supporter of widening access and participation in HE, and his outreach activities and commitment to sharing science with the wider community led to him receiving the BSA Lord Kelvin Award in 1999. He has a strong commitment to the principles of ‘sustainability’ and ‘social justice’, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts, the Royal Society of Chemistry, and the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Professor Kevin O’Dell

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Kevin O’Dell is Professor of Behavioural Genetics at the University of Glasgow where he has worked since 1989. His research interests are in genes and behaviour, specifically asking questions about ‘how do fruit flies know what sex they are? He also plays a key role in delivering Genetics degree programme winning a University of Glasgow Teaching Excellence Award in 2007 and a Student Representative Council Teaching Award in 2012. Kevin has many years’ experience of both undertaking and leading Public Engagement activities and projects. These include the Images on the Clyde with Glasgow Science Centre, Blame Your Parents for Glasgow Science Festival and hosting various events for the Royal Society of Biology. More recently Kevin has been working on the Zika Discovery project with Glasgow University Archives. He has also worked with Time-Tastical Productions on the Wellcome Trust funded comedy sciences shows Zombie Science and Superhero Science, which have been seen by over 75,000 people. In 2014 he received the Innovator in Public Engagement award from the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Superhero Science won the Outstanding Contribution to the Local Community prize at the 2016 Herald Higher Education Awards. On 1st July 2016 Kevin was appointed Dean of Public Engagement at the University of Glasgow. In March 2017 he published the world’s first comedy science textbook ‘Genetics? No Problem!

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