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Are you ready for the world's greatest science festival? New Scientist Live is the most exhilarating place on the planet for all those curious about science.

Join us at Stand 1541 and find out about the latest pioneering research from
King’s College London through our range of interactive exhibits. Check out what we have to offer and take part in a range of activities covering engineering and medical, craniofacial and mental health research.

New Scientist Live is for everyone from the curious to the big thinkers.
Whether you’re looking for a fun day out – or night – or to advance your own knowledge.

Speakers from King's include:

Healthcare of the future forum 

Professor Sebastien Ourselin

13.45 - 14.25, Thursday 10 October (Humans stage)

Everyone knows someone living with cancer, heart disease, dementia, diabetes or another devastating condition. The good news is that research is making huge progress. Advances in gene sequencing, artificial intelligence and medical imaging are coming together with big data and digital technologies to diagnose illnesses faster and provide personalised treatments. What are the latest ideas for new medicine? How is technology helping us live better for longer? And what is the future for healthcare in the UK?

New Scientist’s news editor Penny Sarchet discusses the issues with experts from the NHS. 


Saving eyesight with micro-robotics

Dr Christos Bergeles

10.45 - 11.25, Friday 11 October (Technology stage)

Treatments to cure blindness using pioneering stem cell therapies are rapidly coming within grasp. But biology is only part of the story. Such therapies need to be delivered to very exact positions within the retina, which is made up of multiple layers each thinner than a human hair. In this talk, Christos Bergeles describes his work with Moorfields Eye Hospital to bring about innovations in robotic micro-surgery and new devices specifically for the unique environment of the eye. Christos will explain how the various technologies work and how we can engineer better health through collaborations between clinicians, technicians and biologists.


Gut health: from the inside out

Dr Megan Rossi

10.30 - 11.30, Saturday 12 October (Main stage)

The gut health craze sweeping the globe has created a multi-billion-dollar industry from gut modulating therapies such as probiotics. Although fuelled by promising research, is this area truly the next major revolution or simply a case of marketing enthusiasm outpacing the scientific evidence? Leading gut health specialist Megan Rossi will empower you to take an evidence-based approach to looking after your gut health, offering simple and cost-effective ways to health from the inside out.

Predicting school performance from DNA

Professor Robert Plomin 

14.45 - 15.25, Saturday 12 October (Humans stage)

The DNA revolution has made it possible to predict behavioural problems, promise and individual differences in children’s performance at school. Geneticist Robert Plomin makes the case that DNA is the most important systematic factor in shaping who we are as individuals. In this talk, Plomin tells the story of the DNA revolution and how this directly affects and explain differences within school performance and the implications of this discovery for parents, educational policy and society.


Joint pain: the body and mind

Dr Thomas Crowley

 15.45 - 16.25, Saturday 12 October (Humans stage)

Does pain feel the same to everyone? Does all pain feel the same? We all experience pain, but it is deeply personal, and influenced by its trigger, our mood, and a whole host of physiological processes in the body.

People with inflammatory arthritis often report that treatments reduce swelling but not pain. Tom Crowley's team at King's College London is studying why pain differs between patients, with the goal of developing new treatment strategies. In this talk he explores how pain shapes - and is shaped by - the body and mind of the individual.


How I exposed a very dirty secret

Dr Benjamin Barratt

 11.45 - 12.25, Saturday 12 October (Earth stage)

As many as 36,000 people die in the UK every year as a result of air pollution. Linked to heart disease, stroke and respiratory disease and most recently (by research at King’s) to dementia and cognitive decline, the UK government classes it as the "the top environmental risk to human health in the UK".

In this immersive and personalised presentation, Benjamin Barratt will give an unprecedented insight into when you are most exposed to air pollution. Using the latest sensor technology, Benjamin will give an eye-opening demonstration of sources of pollution that we’d never expect and will explore day-to-day changes we can all make to mitigate its effects.


The Operating Theatre of The Future at New Scientist Live

October 10-13, Stand 921 (Humans zone) 

Get ready to enter The Operating Theatre of The Future  where the School of Biomedical Engineering & Imaging Sciences will share their latest research and technologies, offering audiences a glimpse into the future and how they will improve safety, efficacy and cost effectiveness, ultimately improving the provision of care.   

The immersive experience encourages exploration of the futuristic operating theatre, where you can try the latest technologies developed by healthcare engineers and clinicians. Try real surgical tools and programs, see state of the art surgical robots, delve deeper into the growing field of artificial intelligence and learn more about clinical 3D printing.    

The exhibitions are reflective of the current paradigm shift in the design and delivery of technology within biomedical engineering.  


The 4-day event is jam-packed with thought-provoking talks from exceptional speakers, discoveries, interactive experiences, workshops and performances, including: 

  • 140+ dynamic speakers and presenters including; scientists, celebrities, astronauts, physicists, biologists, engineers, neuroscientists, mathematicians and so many more
  • 120+ ground-breaking companies showcasing the latest technologies, research and bespoke interactive experiences that are changing the world we live in today
  • 5 themed stages with curated and programmed talks on every hour; Cosmos, Humans, Technology, Engineering, Earth
  • 1 electric main stage with high profile speakers and celebrities

Book your tickets here. Use the code JACQUI15 for a 15% discount off standard and all access tickets!