Science Live Talk - Professor Lord Robert Winston

On Friday 10th of March, 20 triple Science students were given the wonderful opportunity to attend the GCSE Science Live talk at the Victoria Apollo theatre.

The day consisted of 5 extraordinary lectures from 5 unique and engaging scientists. Between the lectures an examiners section was included, where a chief examiner shared top tips for approaching an exam. This section was more interactive and had a question and answer approach. I personally thought this was useful, as we thoroughly broke down GCSE questions, ensuring we would get all the marks available.

My favourite lecture was by Professor Lord Robert Winston on fertility. The lecture was packed with humour, which made the Apollo theatre beam with laugher. Professor Lord Robert Winston’s lecture engaged with the crowd as it was very interactive.

The lecture started talking about the power of women, and how brilliantly devised and fascinating the female reproductive system is. Professor Lord Robert Winston taught the different methods of infertility treatment and even gave those in the theatre a look into the female reproductive system. We witnessed ovulation caught on camera and the egg’s movement through the fallopian tube, which was something I’m sure, none of us had seen in that detail. One of the most memorable moments, was when Professor Lord Robert Winston circled the staged demonstrating his odd way of teaching how ovaries worked; his arms stretched out wide and his back slightly hunched, which all in the theatre found amusing.

The second part of the lecture was on the male reproductive system, which started with Professor Lord Robert Winston singling out the males in the room and shouting “YOUR SPERM IS USELESS.” This caught everyone’s attention, as it was not something you would expect hear. Professor Lord Robert Winston then went on to explain why, by bringing up a clip of male sperm cells under a microscope, which again was not something we would usually see. Professor Lord Robert Winston’s criticism on the sperm cells was what made the crowd laugh most, as it was an outburst of notable faults.

The last part of the fertility lecture was dedicated to Professor Lord Robert Winston’s hard work and research. Professor Lord Robert Winston talked about his development of precision surgery on the fallopian tubes and his groundbreaking work on a technique called pre-implantation genetic diagnosis, which is used for screening embryos that would go on to develop genetic diseases. This last part of the lecture fascinated me, as this was when Professor Lord Robert Winston’s passion shone the most alongside his pride for his spectacular achievements in infertility treatments, which I am certain inspired many.

Tia De Alwis 10F

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