Birmingham Science Fiction Group

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Founded in 1971, meeting monthly and still going strong, the B.S.F.G. is a non-profit-making organisation that provides an informal atmosphere in which SF fans can meet one another and professionals in the field. You can find out more about us elsewhere on this website, meanwhile here are some details of our future meetings.

Next Meeting

Friday 12th April 2024

J. Pedro de MagalhãesJoão Pedro de Magalhães

Our guest for April is João Pedro de Magalhães. Pedro is a member of the BSFG but he is also a practising scientist, and currently Chair of Molecular Biogerontology at Birmingham University. He will be talking to us about some of his work.

Pedro's lab studies ageing and longevity using a combination of data-driven approaches and cellular and molecular methods. The ultimate aim is to help people live longer, healthier lives by manipulating the human ageing process. He has published over 100 scientific papers, including in top journals (e.g., Science, Nature– and Cell-family journals), and has given over 100 invited talks, including a TEDx talk on the genetics of ageing. He has also featured in scientific outlets (Science, Scientific American, New Scientist, etc.) and in the popular press (BBC, CNN, Time magazine, the Financial Times and many others). In addition, he has published several articles in popular science magazines, such as The Scientist and The Futurist.

He is also an advisor/consultant to various organisations, including nonprofit foundations, universities, investment funds and biotech companies. In particular, he is Chief Scientific Officer of YouthBio Therapeutics, an ambitious US biotech company focused on longevity, and he has founded his own consulting company Magellan Science Ltd. In his personal life he is interested in science fiction, and is currently writing a science fiction novel. He is also a musician and an amateur stand-up comedian. We are sure that his talk will be fascinating and a good chance for us to get to know him better.

This event will be held in-person at the Friends of the Earth Warehouse, Birmingham, the new venue which we first used for our AGM earlier this year. Click here for further venue information and directions. The event will also be simultaneously hosted on Zoom. Online entry is free for subscribed BSFG members and £3.15 for non-members via the Eventbrite link below. Members will be emailed the online Zoom link. In-person booking via Eventbrite or pay on door (On-door price £3 members or £6 on door for non-members).

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Future Meetings

Friday 10th May 2024 - TBC