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Biology: University Interactive Talk on Photosynthesis – Efficiency & Environmental Factors With Dr James Connorton From University of Surrey

28th November 2022 @ 11:15 - 12:00

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In this Biology session, Dr James Connorton, a leading academic from the Department of Biochemical Sciences at University of Surrey, will run an interactive talk for students on Photosynthesis – Efficiency & Environmental Factors.

In recent decades humans have been developing ways of harvesting light energy from the sun to produce power, but many organisms have already been doing this for billions of years! The key is photosynthesis – a crucial process that life on Earth relies on. The basic ingredients in the photosynthetic reactions are CO2, water and light but how does it work? Plants photosynthesise even in the driest deserts and wettest rainforests, so how have they adapted to these environments? How well will they cope with a changing climate and increasing levels of CO2 in the atmosphere? We’ll answer these questions and more in the Channel Talent session.

The session will develop thinking, skills and approaches to support students in their Biology studies and future aspirations.

Lecturer Profile (Please Click): Dr James Connorton


Our events are designed so that a group of students can take part from a classroom or students and teachers can take part as individuals, either from school or from home. This means that sessions will continue irrespective of possible school closures.

As a live, participative event, this session will not be recorded but slides and other resources will be shared after the event, where available.


Suitable for: Year 12 & 13 students (and equivalent) studying, or with a possible interest in studying, Biology and related disciplines.

Preparation/Pre-Reading: Students may wish to consider the topic in advance and questions they have. Students can also think about questions about studying Biology at university level.

The IT Setup: The event will be run on Bluejeans (similar to Zoom) and participants will be able to join using laptops, tablets, and mobile devices. If you are joining as a school group, we recommend connecting with one device and projecting on to a whiteboard. You will be able to interact with the university via a microphone and/or typed comments and questions. Full details will be sent to those who have registered (see below) prior to the event.

Booking a Place: This is free for schools and colleges. If you would like to take part in this event, please register your interest using the link to the registration form below:


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28th November 2022
11:15 - 12:00
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