Steve Nurrish (UCL, London) introduced the tiny worm, C.elegans, which he uses to study the role of a hormone important in human depression, serotonin. Leonie Ringrose (IMP, Vienna) brought two vials of fruitflies through airport security and recounted how the smell of their food had lured her into the research arena. Jim Smith (Gurdon Institute, Cambridge) introduced the African claw-toed frog with some stunning videos of developing embryos. Steve Wilson (UCL, London) talked about his explorations of left-right asymmetry in zebrafish. James Briscoe (NIMR, London) described his research on the central nervous system of chickens. Cornelus Weijer (University of Dundee) showed amazing videos depicting the social life of the amoeba, Dictyostelium. Ueli Grossniklaus (University of Zurich) wowed everyone with his videos of ferns having orgasms.

Neil Brockdorff (MRC Clinical Sciences Centre, London)

Carole Collet (Course Director, MA Textile Futures, Associate Director Textile Futures Research Unit)

Brona McVittie (Public Science Communications, Epigenome NoE, MRC Clinical Sciences Centre, London, UK)

Amanda Fisher (Director, MRC Clinical Sciences Centre, London, UK)