Richard is a BBC science correspondent and author of two bestselling books. Blood and Guts: a History of Surgery is a chronicle of stolen corpses, medical fraud, lobotomised patients… and every now and then courageous medical advances which have saved the lives of millions around the world.
His first book How to Clone the Perfect Blonde was co-authored with Sue Nelson. It was listed for the Aventis Science Writer Awards in 2004. Richard is a regular columnist and contributor to the Daily Mail, BBC online, New Scientist and The Times. He is the editor of space:uk magazine.
Richard writes, contributes and hosts programmes for BBC Radio 4, Radio 5 Live, BBC News 24, the Today programme and his weekly programme for the BBC World Service. He is also a producer and presenter for the popular Planet Earth podcast and anchors live television broadcasts for the European Space Agency.
He has reported on science and the environment from more than 40 countries. These include reports from the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Russia (several times), Libya, Antarctica (twice), Vietnam, and from an ice floe in the Arctic.
Richard will be co-presenting with fellow speaker Sue Nelson, as the opening session for ‘Completing the Picture: Innovation through time’. Together they will the paint a picture of the journey we have taken in advancing technology in the world of healthcare. Where we were and where we may be in future.