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Events

 

In addition to producing an extensive conferences programme and educational events, the Biochemical Society also organises science policy events, often in conjunction with other organisations.

 


Our Lunchbox discussion programme:

 

Policy Lunchbox
Policy Lunchbox

Policy Lunchbox brings together people working in science policy and education to discuss pertinent issues with experts. Lunch is provided free of charge.

View the Policy Lunchbox programme.


 

Forthcoming events

 

Standing up for Science media workshops
Standing up for Science media workshops

The Society sponsors the Sense About Science Voice of Young Science 'Standing up for Science' media workshops for early career researchers, meaning that our members have access to priority spaces at these events. Find out more here. The next event will be held on Friday 20 September in London.


Education department events
Education department events

You may be interested in the Society's Education department events. They host and take part in a range of events from workshops for schools and public outreach to careers conferences. More details are available here.


Past events

 

Exchange Fellowship Workshop: 9-10 December 2013, Chicheley Hall, Milton Keynes
Exchange Fellowship Workshop: 9-10 December 2013, Chicheley Hall, Milton Keynes

The Royal Society of Chemistry, in partnership with the Biochemical Society and the British Pharmacological Society, hosted a 2-day residential workshop to bring together current exchange fellows across the life sciences (chemistry, biology, clinical) to share their scientific expertise, expand their knowledge of drug discovery and develop new networks and skills. This event is part of a suite of activities being led by the Drug Discovery Pathways Group, of which the Biochemical Society is a key member. More details are available here.

 


Voice of the Future 2013
Voice of the Future 2013

 

The Biochemical Society sent six young members to 'Voice of the Future 2013' - an opportunity for scientists aged 16-35 to put their questions to an assembled panel of MPs at the House of Commons. The event, organised by the Society of Biology, took place at Portcullis House on Wednesday 20 March. Click here for more details.


Synthetic Biology: challenges and opportunities for the UK - Wednesday 14 November 2012
Synthetic Biology: challenges and opportunities for the UK - Wednesday 14 November 2012

This panel discussion and debate, held in collaboration with the Royal Society of Chemistry, BioCentre and University of Bristol explored the science and ethics of synthetic biology and what it could mean for the UK. The event brought together senior members of the scientific community, along with policy makers and other stakeholders with whom we explored some of the questions and perceptions surrounding synthetic biology. Click here for further details, including a link to the video recording.


Policy and Education Policy Lunchbox - Research Careers - Monday 15 October 2012
Policy and Education Policy Lunchbox - Research Careers - Monday 15 October 2012

As part of Biology Week, we ran a special joint Education and Policy Lunchbox on the subject of research careers. Full details, including a link to a write-up, are available at our Eventbrite page. Lunch was followed by short contributions from our panellists and discussion with the audience. Policy and Education Policy Lunchboxes are lunchtime networking events jointly organised by the Biochemical Society, British Ecological Society and Society for Experimental Biology.


Science Question Time - Growth - Monday 18 June 2012
Science Question Time - Growth - Monday 18 June 2012

In response to the government's continued rhetoric on 'science for growth', Science Question Time brought together a cross-disciplinary panel to discuss science, growth, and how the latter could be defined and delivered. Jointly organised by the Biochemical Society and the Campaign for Science and Engineering, our guest chair this time was Dr Jack Stilgoe of the University of Exeter.

Find out more and listen to a podcast of the event

 


Science Communication Training Day 2012
Science Communication Training Day 2012

The Biochemical Society, Society for Experimental Biology and the British Ecological Society partnered to organize a unique bioscience communication training workshop for doctoral research students and postdoctoral research staff. The workshop was held at Charles Darwin House, London, on 7 June. You can read blog posts about the day here and here, and participants are reminded of the Facebook group here.


TALKFEST - Science Communication and Political Divides - Thursday 24 May 2012
TALKFEST - Science Communication and Political Divides - Thursday 24 May 2012

This Talkfest brought together those interested in science, science communication and its politics for discussion and cake. Panelists included Dr Michael Brooks (New Statesman; New Scientist), Dr Steve Cross (UCL), Dr Simon Lewis (UCL) and Dr Felicity Mellor (Imperial College London).

 


Standing up for Science media workshop
Standing up for Science media workshop

Sense About Science held a Standing up for Science media workshop in Manchester on Friday 23 March 2012. As partners, the Biochemical Society was assigned five priority places for our early career researchers. Click here for more details.

 


Science Question Time - The Nuclear Debate - Thursday 15 March 2012
Science Question Time - The Nuclear Debate - Thursday 15 March 2012

Science Question Time powered into 2012 with a debate on the future of nuclear energy, held at the Institute of Physics on Thursday 15 March. Was a mature debate on this issue possible? Jointly organised by the Biochemical Society and the Campaign for Science and Engineering, our guest chair this time was Geoff Brumfiel of Nature.

Find out more and listen to a podcast of the event

 


Voice of the Future 2012
Voice of the Future 2012

The Biochemical Society sent six young members to 'Voice of the Future 2012' - an opportunity for scientists aged 16-35 to put their questions to an assembled panel of MPs at the House of Commons. The event, organised by the Society of Biology, took place at Portcullis House on Wednesday 14 March. Click here for more details.


TALKFEST - Sounds of Science - Wednesday 29 February 2012
TALKFEST - Sounds of Science - Wednesday 29 February 2012

This Talkfest brought together those interested in science and its sounds for discussion and cake. Panelists included Kate Arkless Gray (AudioBoo), Dr Martin Austwick (UCL), Thom Hoffman (BMJ), Dr Thomas Lean (British Library) and Michelle Martin (BBC).


Publishers for Development 2011 Conference
Publishers for Development 2011 Conference

The Society hosted the 2011 Publishers for Development (PfD) Conference on Friday 2nd December, 2011. The meeting was attended by representation from a variety of publishers and discussed some of the most pertinent issues in availability, access and use of scientific journals for developing country librarians, researchers and the publishers cooperating with them. For further information, visit the PfD website, read the PfD press release or visit the Talking Post blog.


The Year in Science - Xmas Quiz
The Year in Science - Xmas Quiz

The team behind Science Question Time brought the public the nerdiest quiz of the year. On Monday 28 November, helped by some very special guests, we dredged up the year’s breakthroughs and blunders in science – taking in its highs and lows in the media, as well as use and abuse in politics. Click through for more information.


HUBS Winter Meeting 2011
HUBS Winter Meeting 2011

The Heads of University Biological Sciences (HUBS) Winter Meeting

Topic: Biosciences in the UK: Challenges and Opportunities

Date: 10 November 2011

Venue: Charles Darwin House, London

View the meeting programme


Science Question Time - Future of Drugs - Tuesday 25 October 2011
Science Question Time - Future of Drugs - Tuesday 25 October 2011

Science Question Time made a guest appearance at the London Science Festival on Tuesday 25 October. Jointly organised by the Biochemical Society and the Campaign for Science and Engineering, this time we discussed the future of pharmaceuticals. The debate was chaired by Professor Clive Page of King’s College London.

 


TALKFEST - Science and hobbies - Thursday 1 September 2011
TALKFEST - Science and hobbies - Thursday 1 September 2011

This Talkfest brought together those interested in science online for discussion and cake, talking about science and science communication as a hobby. Panelists included Stephen Curry (Imperial College London), Linda Davies (Imperial College London), Amy Sanders (Wellcome Trust) and Robert Simpson (Oxford University).

Find out more and listen to a podcast of the event


Science Question Time - Higher Education - Wednesday 24 August 2011
Science Question Time - Higher Education - Wednesday 24 August 2011

Science Question Time came back to Charles Darwin House, London on Wednesday 24 August. Jointly organised by the Biochemical Society and the Campaign for Science and Engineering, this time the issues of science and higher education were discussed. The debate was chaired by William Cullerne Bown, founder of Research Fortnight and Research Europe.

Find out more and read a report of the event


The Age of Personalised Medicine: Genes, Privacy and Discrimination?
The Age of Personalised Medicine: Genes, Privacy and Discrimination?

A joint event between the Biochemical Society and the BioCentre

Topic: The Age of Personalised Medicine: Genes, Privacy and Discrimination? (more information) PDF

21 July 2011, Charles Darwin House, London

Find out more and view speaker presentations


Science Question Time - Impact - Tuesday 5 July 2011
Science Question Time - Impact - Tuesday 5 July 2011

Science Question Time returned on Tuesday 5 July at Imperial College London tackling the issue of impact. Jointly organised by the Biochemical Society, staff at Imperial College and the Campaign for Science and Engineering, the event was chaired by James Wilsdon, Director of the Royal Society's Science Policy Centre.
Find out more, listen to a podcast and read a report of this event
 


HUBS Spring Meeting 2011
HUBS Spring Meeting 2011

The Heads of University Biological Sciences (HUBS) Spring Meeting

Topic: The future of bioscience teaching: How to do more with less
Date: 11 - 12 May 2011
Venue: Weetwood Hall, Leeds
View the meeting programme


Exploring Synthetic Biology
Exploring Synthetic Biology

A joint event between the Biochemical Society and the BioCentre

Topic: Exploring Synthetic Biology (more information) (PDF)

20 April 2011, Charles Darwin House, London

Find out more and view speaker presentations


TALKFEST - Diversity in science online - Monday 4 April 2011
TALKFEST - Diversity in science online - Monday 4 April 2011

This science blogging Talkfest event focused on women and science online. Panelists included Hannah Devlin (The Times), Heather Mendick (Goldsmiths), Martin Robbins (Lay Scientist and Guardian blog) and Jenny Rohn (Lablit).

Find out more, read reviews and listen to a podcast of the event


Science Question Time - Education - Wednesday 30 March 2011
Science Question Time - Education - Wednesday 30 March 2011

The second Science Question Time took place on Wednesday 30 March 2011 and focused on science education in schools. Panellists were Hilary Leevers (Campaign for Science and Engineering), Michael Reiss (Institute of Education) and Alom Shaha (Physics Teacher)

Find out more and listen to a podcast of the event


Science Question Time - State of the Scientific Nation - Wednesday 16 February 2011
Science Question Time - State of the Scientific Nation - Wednesday 16 February 2011

The first Science Question Time took place on 16 February 2011. This exciting venture is jointly organised by the Biochemical Society, the Campaign for Science and Engineering and staff at Imperial College London. Invited panelists, which included Sir Mark Walport, and the audience discussed the broad challenges facing the science sector in this spending review period.
Find out more, read reviews and listen to a podcast of the event


HUBS Winter Meeting 2010
HUBS Winter Meeting 2010

The Heads of University Biological Sciences (HUBS) Winter Meeting

Topic: Life Sciences, politics and money

Date: 10 November 2010

Venue: Charles Darwin House, London

View the meeting programme


TALKFEST - Science blogging - Thursday 15 July 2010
TALKFEST - Science blogging - Thursday 15 July 2010

This Talkfest-branded event focused on science blogging in the UK. Panelists included active bloggers Petra Boynton (UCL), Jon Butterworth (UCL), Andy Lewis (creator of The Quackometer blog), Mark Henderson (The Times), Alok Jha (the Guardian) and Ed Yong (creator of Not Exactly Rocket Science blog).

Find out more and view a list of attendees' favourite blogs (science and non-science)