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Symposium for Biological and Life Science Students (SymBLS) 2015

6th November 2015

SymBLS is an annual, one-day event for postgraduate biological and life-science students at the University of Cambridge and affiliated institutes. We are excited to announce that the 2015 SymBLS Symposium will be held on:
Date: Friday 6th November 2015
Time: 9.00am-7.00pm
Venue: St John’s Divinity School, Cambridge
Theme:                Trust me, I’m a Scientist:’
            Does high quality research speak for itself?
**Free Registration for SymBLS 2015 is now open! To register and submit poster and/or talk abstracts please visit **
Abstract submission deadline is: Wednesday 30th September 2015.
Image submission deadline is: Thursday 15th October 2015.
This year the keynote talks will address the question: ‘does high quality research speak for itself?’, and will cover such themes as: the public perception of science; effective science communication; the rise of pseudoscience; and the acceptance of new, controversial scientific ideas.
The program will include:
  • Keynote talks from renowned scientists
  • Student short talks and poster presentation sessions
  • Panel discussion featuring keynote speakers
  • Scientific image competition – ‘Science Canvas’.
  • Prizes will be awarded to the best student talks, posters and images – submit yours at!
  • Complimentary lunch and coffee breaks
Confirmed keynote speakers include:
Professor Richard Wiseman
Professional magician turned best-selling science writer and internationally-renowned experimental psychologist specialising in the psychology of luck, change, deception, persuasion and illusion.
‘..The most interesting and innovative experimental psychologist in the world today’ (Scientific American).
Professor Doug Turnbull
Pioneer of the mitochondrial donation IVF technology widely referred to in the media as ‘three-person IVF’, and the driving-force behind its parliamentary approval.
‘Turnbull has become a case study in learning to communicate difficult and controversial research successfully’ (The Guardian).
Professor Nessa Carey
Exceptional science communicator with vast experience in both academia and industry. Author of “Junk DNA” and The Epigenetics Revolution” and the International Director at PraxisUnico.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at



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St John’s Divinity School
St Johns St
Cambridge, CB2 1TW United Kingdom
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