Helen Czerski is a physicist, oceanographer and BBC television presenter. She cares deeply about the natural world, and is passionate about opening doors for everyone to appreciate and understand the way the universe ticks and the under-appreciated ingenuity of the everyday world.
Her first book, Storm in a Teacup, translated into 14 languages, was the joint winner of the 2018 Asimov Prize.
Her own research focusses on the physics of the ocean surface. In the Summer of 2018, Helen spent two months on an icebreaker ship close to the North Pole. She returned armed with stories of ice, bears and ships, and how changes in the northernmost part of the Earth will affect the entire planet.
Professor Richard Wiseman has been described by a Scientific American columnist as ‘…one of the most interesting and innovative experimental psychologists in the world today.’ His books have sold over 3 million copies and he regularly appears on the media. Richard also presents keynote talks to organisations across the world, including The Swiss Economic Forum, Google and Amazon.
He holds Britain’s only Professorship in the Public Understanding of Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire, is one of the most followed psychologists on Twitter, and the Independent On Sunday chose him as one of the top 100 people who make Britain a better place to live.
Richard is a Member of the Inner Magic Circle, a Director of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and has created psychology-based YouTube videos that have attracted over 500 million views. He also acts as a creative consultant, including work with Derren Brown, The Twilight Zone and the hit television show, Brain Games.
At #ATOM2020, Richard will be Investigating the Impossible: How do magicians produce objects from thin air and defy gravity? Do ghosts exist and can psychics really predict the future? Can you achieve the impossible? Richard will explore the limits of the human mind, proving that we can all achieve more than we think...and demonstrates how to transform a tea towel into a chicken!