Summer of Biosciences: Reading, listening and viewing

Looking for something new to watch, listen to or read now you’ve finished every Netflix boxset? Our Academics give their recommendations for how to get an extra slice of biosciences this summer, with a list of their top books, podcasts and shows.


A great way of catching up on the go, we love a podcast. Here are Bioscience related ones for you to check out.

Nature podcast

Talking Biotech podcast

Top 15 Biology Podcasts You Must Follow in 2021


If you’ve caught up on all the latest boxsets and are looking for something new to watch why not check out one of our recommended Biosciences related documentaries:

The Big Picture : Bioscience to Bioeconomy

The Science(ish) of… Stranger Things


If you’re sick of screen time and want to read something a bit different, we have a couple of recommendations.

Professor Martin WarrenA short history of nearly everything. Bill Bryson

Dr Peter EllisA Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The story in our gene. Adam Rutherford

Dr Pauline PhelanAn unquiet mind. Kay Redfield-Jamison

Professor Michelle GarrettThe Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer. Siddhartha Mukherjee

Dr Marta Farré BelmonteNeanderthal Man: In Search of Lost Genomes. Svante Paabo

Professor Mike GeevesThe Invention of Nature: The Adventures of Alexander von Humboldt, the Lost Hero of Science. Andrea Wulf

Dr Martina Ezcurra: In Search of Memory: The Emergence of a New Science of Mind. Eric Kandel

Dr Gary Robinson: Never Home Alone: From Microbes to Millipedes, Camel Crickets, and Honeybees, the Natural History of Where We Live. Rob Dunn, William Neal Reynolds

Dr Peter KlappaHow we learn: throw out the rule book and unlock your brain’s potential. Benedict Carey

Prof Martin MichaelisThinking, Fast and Slow. David Kahneman


If there’s a Biosciences related book, show or film that you love, why not share it with us? Get in touch with any of your recommendations.

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