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Science Society

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

Science written in tiles from periodic table

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 17.45pm 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 António Rodrigues.


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 António Rodrigues is President, supported by the following committee members:

Lara Urban, PhD Student
European Bioinformatics Institute

Julieta Galente, Junior Research Fellow
Wolfson College

Gabriela Doria, PhD Student
Department of Plant Sciences

Ali Mashhadi Ebrahim, Undergraduate
Natural Sciences (Physical)

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)



What's on

Saumarez Smith

The Transformation of the Museum

16/10/2019 at 18.00

This lecture will examine the long-term changes in the ways that museums have been designed, managed and built in the post-war period, with special reference to the speaker's experience of working in three national museums.

Solar panels in Rwanda

Lunchtime Seminar - The contradictions of the authoritarian developmental state: energy boom and bureaucratic autonomy in Rwanda

23/10/2019 at 13.00

This lecture demonstrates the significance of internal regime dynamics between politicians and bureaucrats as a factor explaining states’ ability to create functioning economic development.

Democracy by Ishant Mishra/Unsplash

How do democracies change?

23/10/2019 at 18.00

As psychotherapists say: How can we change without changing?