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11 Amazing Science Speakers: Our Monthly Round-Up

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The forces propping up our tallest towers, the medical technologies extending our lives by years, the drones delivering our packages...

Science is what makes the world, quite literally, go around - a fact recognised by British Science Week (BSW) 2017 as a ten-day celebration of this field, and those who work within it.

Taking place from 10th to 19th March, BSW aims to spark public interest in the STEM subjects by bringing their creativity, inspiration and fun to the fore with a range of inspiring and entertaining events across the UK.

As part of our own celebration of science this week, we’ve rounded up some of our top speakers within this field - the STEM professionals, educators and communicators who are pushing their fascinating findings into the currents of popular culture. Check out below for some of our team's picks!

Anne-Marie Imafidon

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Founder of Stemettes, Anne-Marie Imafidon has always been interested in business, maths and technology - from passing maths and ICT GCSEs aged 10 and A-level computing aged 11, to gaining a Masters Degree from the University of Oxford aged 20. A true advocate of women in STEM industries, Anne-Marie is a fascinating keynote speaker, and her previous work at Goldman Sachs, Hewlett-Packard, Deutsche Bank and Lehman Brothers lends a wealth of experience to her presentations.

Recommended by Verity

Gemma Milne

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Co-founder of Science:Disrupt, former Tech Innovation Strategist at Ogilvy and a self-professed ‘creative science-nerd’, Gemma Milne is obsessed with the latest developments in science, technology and design set to shape our future. An expert at forging partnerships and developing a culture of forward-thinking marketing, Gemma brings this fascinating world to corporate environments, translating its seemingly indecipherable code into tech wonders we can all experience.

Recommended by Lucy B

Roma Agrawal

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The Shard is a pretty impressive building, right? Well, structural engineer Roma Agrawal played a key role in its design, as well as numerous other towers, bridges and sculptures forming the architecture that shapes our world often without us realising it. Winning awards for her technical prowess and championing of STEM-related careers, Roma has been pioneering change in the industry. As a keynote and business speaker, she delivers a unique message to engage young people, institutions and governments around the world.

Recommended by Tim

Rachel Armstrong

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Sustainability innovator and senior TED Fellow Dr. Rachel Armstrong is an expert in advanced technology systems, such as Synthetic Biology and Smart Chemistry, which can provide sustainable solutions for the built and natural environment. She challenges perceptions, presumptions and established principles around the building blocks of life and society. A member of the RESCUE “Collaboration between the natural, social and human sciences in global change research”, Rachel is well-placed to deliver a keynote speech on change science,  design and technology, and the future of the planet. 

Recommended by Anna

Spencer Kelly

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A TV and radio host, Spencer Kelly joined the BBC in the early 2000s as an interactive presenter and soon moved to the TV technology programme Click Online. It was here that his passion for science and technology could really flourish, presenting items on wide-ranging and challenging topics, from quantum computers to child abduction. His no-fear policy coupled with his engaging, witty style make him a dynamic and exciting awards host and conference facilitator.

Recommended by Adam

Araceli Camargo

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A cognitive neuroscientist, an innovative pioneer and a revolutionary speaker, Araceli Camargo helps audiences understand their brains in order to better their businesses. The co-founder of WECREATE NYC and THE CUBE, Araceli pioneered the school of thought that understanding how the brain works and learning how to interact with it effectively is paramount to every working practise. Encouraging companies to diversify their work habits through tools rather than processes, she can expertly offer advice on how to manage risk, deal with complexity and solve difficult problems. 

Recommended by Dave

Helen Sharman

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A full-time scientist, a pioneer and a role model, Helen Sharman OBE is the first British Astronaut. In May 1991, she launched on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft and spent 8 days orbiting the Earth, living and working on the MIR Space Station. A superb speaker, Helen enthuses her audience about Space, STEM and the wonders of science. She describes the meticulous training and preparation, learning Russian, the launch and landing, how weightlessness feels, her science experiments, the team spirit, and adjusting to life back on Earth. 

Recommended by Rebecca

Marcus du Sautoy

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Marcus du Sautoy is the Professor for the Public Understanding of Science and Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford. Named by the Independent on Sunday as one of the UK's leading scientists, some of his most fascinating speaking topics include the secret of the winning streak; The Story of Maths and Why Beckham Chose the 23 Shirt.

Recommended by Rebecca

Michio Kaku

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A futurist, a theoretical physicist and a professor at New York University, Dr. Michio Kaku is one of the world’s most widely recognised figures in the field of science. Taking his audiences on a grand tour of what the future might hold, he gives a solid sense of how the brain functions and predicts how trends will affect business, commerce, finance and technology.

Recommended by Lucy B

Ray Kurzweil

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Ray Kurzweil, director of engineering at Google, was inducted in 2002 into the National Inventor Hall of Fame. As one of the leading inventors of our time, he was the principal developer of the first CCD flat-bed scanner and the first omni-font optical character recognition (OCR), amongst other amazing innovations. He has received honours from Presidents Clinton, Reagan and Johnson, and has become well known for predicting the future of artificial intelligence and the human race. 

Recommended by Nick

Maggie Philbin

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Maggie Philbin is a much-loved television and radio presenter of the likes of Tomorrow's World, Bang Goes the Theory and Multicolour Swap Shop. Awarded an OBE in 2017 for her services to science, technology and creative industries, she is co-founder and CEO of TeenTech, which helps encourage young people into STEM careers, and is President of the Institute of Engineering Designers. Maggie brings a wealth of experience to any event; her ability to really understand different industries and companies makes her an excellent choice for hosting and facilitating. 

Recommended by Lucy B

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