Cath Blackledge has a Ph.D. in chemistry from Birkbeck College, London. She has worked as a reporter, news editor and editor for numerous specialist publications, including European Chemical News and Pharmaceutical Business News, and is a former science and medical correspondent for The European. Now a freelance science writer and broadcaster, she was shortlisted for the prestigious Glaxo Science Writer's Prize in 1999.
Dr Carin Bondar
Canadian Carin Bondar has a PhD in biology from the University of British Columbia. She is host of several TV series including WORLDS ODDEST ANIMAL COUPLES (Animal Planet, Netflix), STEPHEN HAWKING'S BRAVE NEW WORLD (Discovery World HD, National Geographic) and OUTRAGEOUS ACTS OF SCIENCE (The Science Channel). She is writer and host of the online series WILD SEX (Earth Touch, Seeker), which has garnered over 100,000,000 views. Her new online series, WILD MOMS (Seeker) premiered for Mother's day 2018. Bondar is author of THE NATURE OF SEX (Weidenfeld & Nicolson) and WILD MOMS. She is also an adventurer and expedition leader, and has spoken to audiences in 15 different countries. Her research group (Taxon expeditions) recently garnered global attention for naming a beetle after actor and environmentalist Leonardo Dicaprio. Bondar resides in Chilliwack, British Columbia. www.carinbondar.com
Anna Buckley is the series producer of The Life Scientific on BBC Radio 4 and has worked with Jim Al-Khalili since the programme was launched in 2011. Offering a refreshing mix of the personal and the scientific, The Life Scientific transformed the way science, and scientists, were talked about on radio and beyond. It is one of the most popular programmes on BBC Radio 4, attracting more than two million listeners every week.
Rita Carter is a full-time medical writer contributing to, among others, The Independent, New Scientist, Daily Mail and Telegraph. She was twice awarded the Medical Journalists' Association prize for outstanding contribution to medical journalism. Rita Carter was born in the UK and lives in Oxfordshire.
Marcus Chown (1959 - )Marcus Chown graduated from the University of London in 1980 with a first class degree in physics. He also earned a Master of Science in astrophysics from the California Institute of Technology. Currently the cosmology consultant for New Scientist magazine, Chown has co-authored two hard SF novels with John Gribbin: Double Planet and its remote sequel Reunion.
Recipient of an IgNobel Prize for his studies on the physics of biscuit dunking, and voted an enemy of the people by The Times for research into the way roast dinners absorb gravy, Len Fisher is a tireless promoter and populariser of science. He moved to England in 1989 following a career that began in food research, but has included forays into biomedicine, mining engineering, surface science, fundamental physics and philosophy. He is currently Honorary Research Fellow in the Physics Department, University of Bristol.
Richard Gott is Professor of Astrophysics at Princeton University and has written on time travel and other subjects for Time, Scientific American, New Scientist and Nature. He is one of the world's experts on parallel universes, string theories and cosmic origins.
Nathan H. Lents
Nathan H. Lents is a professor of biology at John Jay College at The City University of New York. He is the author of NOT SO DIFFERENT and HUMAN ERRORS.
Beau Lotto is a professor of neuroscience, previously at University College London and now at Goldsmiths, University of London, and a Visiting Scholar at New York University specialising in the biology, philosophy and psychology of perception. He has conducted and presented research on human perception and behaviour for more than twenty-five years, and his interest in education, business and the arts has led him into entrepreneurship and engaging the public with science. In 2001, Beau founded the Lab of Misfits, which was resident for two years at London's Science Museum and most recently at Viacom in New York. Lottolab's experimental studio approach aims to deepen our understanding of human perception, advance personal and social well-being through research that places the public at the centre of the process of discovery, and create unique programmes of engagement that span the boundaries between people, disciplines and institutions. Originally from Seattle, with degrees from UC Berkeley and Edinburgh Medical School, he has been resident in Britain for more than twenty years and now lives in Oxford.www.lottolab.org / @BeauLotto
Chris McManus is Professor of Psychology and Medical Education at University College, London. He is the author of the leading textbook PSYCHOLOGY IN MEDICINE and is the co-editor of THE CAMBRIDGE HANDBOOK OF PSYCHOLOGY, HEALTH AND MEDICINE. He is one of the world's foremost experts on handedness and lateralization.
Steven Mithen is Professor of Early Prehistory and Head of the School of Human and Environmental Sciences at the University of Reading.
Douglas Palmer is a science writer and lecturer. He is the author of Neanderthal, which accompanied the acclaimed Channel 4 TV series, as well as two other books on fossil prehistory. He is also a regular contributor to a variety of publications including the Financial Times, The Guardian, Science, Nature and Focus Magazine.
Steven Pinker is Director of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at the Massachusetts Institute of the Technology.
Dr Adam Rutherford is a science writer and broadcaster. He studied genetics at University College London, and during his PhD on the developing eye, he was part of a team that identified the first genetic cause of a form of childhood blindness. He has written and presented many award-winning series and programmes for the BBC, including the flagship weekly Radio 4 programme INSIDE SCIENCE and THE CURIOUS CASES OF RUTHERFORD & FRY with Dr Hannah Fry. He is the author CREATION, which was shortlisted for the Wellcome Trust Prize, A BRIEF HISTORY OF EVERYONE WHO EVER LIVED, and most recently, THE BOOK OF HUMANS.
Tim Spector is Professor of Genetic Epidemiology at King's College London and Hon Consultant Physician at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital. He has won several academic awards and published over 700 academic papers, a large proportion of which relate to nutrition and the causes of obesity. Since 2011 he has lead the largest microbiome project in the UK, using genetic sequencing to study the bacteria in the guts of 5,000 twins. He is the lead investigator for British Gut, the UK's largest open-source science project to understand the microbial diversity of the human gut. He is the author of THE DIET MYTH.
Alice Walker won the Pulitzer prize and the American Book Award for THE COLOR PURPLE. She is the author of many bestselling novels, essays and collections of poetry including MERIDIAN, BY THE LIGHT OF MY FATHER'S SMILE and THE THIRD LIFE OF GRANGE COPELAND.Visit Alice Walker's official website at: alicewalkersgarden.com
Lawrence Whalley is Professor of Mental Health at the University of Aberdeen. He works on the molecular biology of ageing, in particular dementia in Alzheimer's disease.