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Science Society

The Science Society presents a termly series of lectures on scientific topics ranging from artificial intelligence to zoology.

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The Society hosts termly series of lay-friendly talks, which help to contribute to an understanding of how science and technology affect not only the way we live now, but perhaps more importantly, how they will affect our lives in the future. Subjects range from quantum cryptography to exoplanets to the genetics of depression, all given by experts in their fields. You can see a list of previous talks.

Talks take place on alternate Fridays in Full Term. Meetings begin at 17.45 with drinks; the talk follows at 18.00, with questions at 18.45 and then Formal Hall. Speakers are invited to the dinner, so there are opportunities to continue the discussion over the meal.

Nominate a Speaker

Do you know a scientist who is also a great speaker? Why not nominate them to join our seminar series? You might like to nominate your research supervisor, a lecturer, a speaker that you have heard elsewhere; you can even nominate yourself! If your nominee is selected to join our seminar series you and the nominee will each receive a pair of complimentary tickets to attend Formal Hall dinner.

To nominate a speaker or for more information email Ali Mashhadi.


The Science Society is organised mainly by Junior Research Fellows and also other Fellows and Senior Members. They are always happy to welcome new people in the team. Our Honorary President is Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, former Vice-Chancellor of the University and newly-appointed chairman of Cancer Research UK.

Dr Gabrielle Davidson is Presiding Fellow and Ali Mashhadi Ebrahim is Presiding Student, supported by the following committee members:

Professor Jane Clarke

Francesca Melle

Sophie Sanford

Dr Chandrima Ganguly


Previous Lectures

Professor Rebecca Kilner - Transformation of life: How behaviour shapes evolution (22 March 2019)

Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz - Transforming cancer care (20 March, 2019) Professor Peter Jones - Transformation of Mind (15 March 2019)



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