PROFESSOR BRIAN COX, OBE
Exploring the Universe
Arguably the UK’s best known physicist, Professor Brian Cox’s books & TV programmes have been read and watched around the world & credited with making science engaging and accessible to millions. With his down-to-earth, likeable enthusiasm, Brian is frequently labelled a ‘rock star scientist’. Once the keyboard player for D:Ream, he has come a long way to his position as Professor of Particle Physics at Manchester University, a key part of the ATLAS & the CERN Large Hadron Collider projects.
Brian’s blockbuster TV shows include Wonders of the Universe, Wonders of the Solar System and Wonders of Life, each looking at the fundamental science behind everything from stars and planets to atoms and microbiology. He has also presented
Stargazing, Space Hoppers, The Big Bang and numerous editions of Horizon. His books accompanying the Wonders of... series have become huge bestsellers, as did his co-authored title Why Does E=mc2?
From speaking at TED in the US to World World Economic Forums in Davos and China, Brian’s presentations engage, inform and entertain featuring awe-inspiring images from the depths of the universe as well as his trademark infectious enthusiasm for his subject. Alongside the story of life, the universe and everything, Brian argues that science can unite the world in an attempt to discover our shared origins. He also explains the work of CERN and their attempts to use cutting-edge technology and engineering to recreate events fractions of a nanosecond after the Big Bang “in the hope of revealing the underlying simplicity of the universe.”
Privacy and Security Researcher, Computer Hacker, Whistleblower and Entrepreneur
At the age of 17, Samy co-founded Fonality, a unified communications company, which raised over $46 million in private funding. He is possibly best known for creating and releasing the fastest spreading virus of all time, the MySpace worm Samy and being subsequently raided for it by the United States Secret Service under the Patriot Act.
He is also known for creating SkyJack, a custom drone which hacks into any nearby Parrot drones allowing them to be controlled by its operator, and for creating the Evercookie, which appeared in a top-secret NSA document revealed by Edward Snowden and on the front page of The New York Times.
He is known for his work with The Wall Street Journal and his discovery of the illicit mobile phone tracking where the Apple iPhone, Google Android and Microsoft Windows Phone mobile devices transmit GPS and Wi-Fi information to their parent companies. His mobile research led to a series of class-action lawsuits against the companies and a privacy hearing on Capitol Hill.
MC - TIM LOVEJOY
Television Presenter, Channel 4 and BT Sport
Tim currently presents 'Sunday Brunch' on Channel 4 and he also works as a consultant to BT Sports. His other recent credits include 'How To Be England Manager' on BBC3 and a Dispatches for Channel 4 'Sharing Mum and Dad' which aired in January 2013.
Tim has been presenting on live weekend TV for over 16 years and has over 1500 live hours under his belt. He first became well known for hosting and producing Sky Sports football show Soccer AM. He remained on the show for eleven years as it steadily grew in popularity and enjoyed cult viewing status - much down to Tim's dry wit and sense of humour. Following the success of the series, three hugely popular Soccer AM DVD's were released. Since Tim's departure fans of the show have repeatedly called for his return. He also hosted his own Sky One chat show 'Tim Lovejoy and the Allstars'.
In 2011, along with former British number one, Greg Rusedski and Olympic champion, Denise Lewis, Tim launched Allplay - a national campaign to help more people play tennis. The campaign was designed to make it easy for people to find a playing partner, a local court or coach and also provide tennis coaches and places to play with resources, including posters and leaflets, to promote the sport and attract more players. The campaign was created by the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA).
Last year Tim fronted a huge bike ride for Right to Play where he cycled 300 miles over 3 days and this year he completed a team 5km Swimathon for Marie Curie.
Tim has also had a varied Radio career hosting music shows on XFM and Virgin. He was also the midweek host for 5Lives famous 606.