Science and natural history presenter and Terrific Scientific ambassador’
Liz is a role model for EDF Energy’s Pretty Curious programme, which aims to encourage young girls aged between 11-16 to pursue STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects for A-Level and in their future careers.
Liz had always been interested in biology and chemistry at school, and she went on to study Biochemistry at University. After graduating, she started a career as a TV presenter working on such shows as BBC One's Top of the Pops, before returning to her first love, science, and completing a Masters in Wild Animal Biology and Conservation. Liz's main interests during her studies were animal behaviour and intelligence and big cat conservation. She set up and carried out a research project on the diet of tigers in Bardia National Park, Nepal, which saw her come first in her class.
Liz's TV career has drawn heavily on her academic expertise. She has just got back from filming the hugely successful Big Blue Live series in Monterey, California for the BBC, and for PBS in the USA. She has also been busy all year filming a brand new wildlife series for BBC One about animal migrations called The Great Race. Other TV credits include wildlife and animal behaviour programmes Animals in Love, Animals through the Night: Sleepover at the Zoo, Operation Snow Tiger and Animal Odd Couples; science programmes Horizon: Tomorrow's World, Stargazing Live and Bang Goes the Theory; documentaries Egypt's Lost Cities, Museum of Life and Science Friction; and ITV's Countrywise.
In addition to her TV work, Liz is a conference facilitator and awards host, and has MC'd various events, including most recently, the UK's National Science and Engineering Competition Awards and the Natural History Museum's prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards.
There are many small and easy changes we can decide to make to our lives today that can make a very real difference. And next time we marvel at the beauty of places like Galapagos we can proudly know that daily, we are helping to secure their future.
Science simply gives you the means to understand what you are curious about. I think that's why young children have a natural aptitude for it, why they like it so much and do so well at it. Their inherent inquisitiveness is still in overdrive.
It's curiosity that makes me a scientist. I'm always asking questions and I love to understand living systems right down to the atoms and equations they're based on. Science isn't a subject; it's a means to explain the whole world around you. There is no area of our lives that isn't affected by science.
09/11/2015 09:54 GMT
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