"A masterclass" on the diffusion of knowledge: Wolfson Research Event 2024

Student showing poster presentation to Senior Tutor

With over thirty speakers and presentations at this year's conference, the two days were packed with innovative and emerging research across a range of disciplines and focuses.

Student showing poster presentation to Senior Tutor

The Wolfson Research Event (WRE) is an interdisciplinary and student-led academic conference that showcases the diversity of the research carried out by Wolfson students.

A highlight of the College calendar, this year's WRE brought together students, staff, Fellows, alumni, and guests from beyond the Wolfson community for two days of oral and poster presentations. Topics ranged from the power dynamics associated with volcanic risk to post-conflict reconstruction, with themes and speakers from all areas of the world - a testament to a student body that represents 99 countries. 

The annual event was the hard work of the WRE committee, chaired this year by George Han, a second-year PHD student in Medical Sciences (CIMR). 

"Last week’s annual conference at Wolfson College was not just an average academic gathering," says George. "Over 70 attendees converged with a shared enthusiasm that could rival the fervor at a music festival, only instead of light sticks, there were laptops and clickers."

George, along with fourteen committee members - and with the help of Wolfson's Librarian Laura Jeffrey - started developing this year's WRE back in October. 

"Through months of what can only be described as a delightful blend of chaos and camaraderie," says George, "not only did we foster a spirit of cooperation and communication, but we also cultivated lifelong friendships. As we marvelled at the sheer brilliance of our peers’ abstracts, I couldn’t help but feel a twinge of pride for Wolfson’s knack for nurturing potential."

"The committee are an exceptional group of people," says Laura. "They were dedicated to the success of the event from the outset and remained engaged throughout our 6-month journey together. They also epitomised the spirit of the event and encouraged one another not only with planning but also academically and pastorally."

George was eager to thank all those who participated in this year's WRE, highlighting the collaborative nature of this special event.   

"We owe a big thank you to all our presenters, whose enlightening talks were nothing short of revelatory. Each speaker took to the stage not only with their slides and notes but with their insights about the big problems in our world. It’s not every day that one has the privilege of hosting such luminaries who can, with a single presentation, inspire academics from different disciplines to get excited and applaud. Wolfson College is a place where the pursuit of knowledge meets the pursuit of truth, and this conference was vibrant proof of that spirit."

Wolfson's President, Professor Jane Clarke, delivered the WRE's opening remarks on Thursday, and was blown away by calibre of presentations.

"As academics," says Jane, "it is through our research that we can contribute towards making the world a better place. This year we heard truly remarkable research stories: research across disciplines and across continents, carried out by teams and driven by scholars working alone. Our duty as researchers is to share it and to explain its importance to non-specialists, both to welcome critical discussion and, ultimately, to contribute to the advance of human knowledge and to the well-being of humankind. The Wolfson students at this event gave a masterclass on how this should be done."

Discover more  

Head to our website to find out more about the Wolfson Research Event 2024 and to read and download the full programme.

Photos of the event are available on the College Flickr.

What's on

Cover of "Red Rag" magazine featuring a stylized red and black illustration of a woman with flowing hair, alongside text and a headline about women’s liberation.

Varieties of Togetherness: Some Approaches to Feminist Art History

21/05/2024 at 17.30

How might methods of feminist political organising offer transformative methods for art history? 

Two sets of hands making a pot on a pottery wheel

Show me your bowl and I’ll tell you who you are

28/05/2024 at 17.30

How can material culture be used to reconstruct ancient human stories?

Abstract marble sculpture with interconnected shapes and voids, displayed on a black pedestal against a draped white background.

Sculpture unveiling: Essay on Reticulations

28/05/2024 at 18.30

Join us for the unveiling of Essay on Reticulations, a new sculptural work at Wolfson College.

Wolfson Head Gardener in a white hat explaining features of green plants to visitors in an outdoor setting.

Wolfson Garden Tour: A World Environment Day Celebration

05/06/2024 at 16.45

What solutions is the Wolfson Garden employing to grow trees, revive water sources and rejuvinate soil?

 A man plays a french horn in an orchestra, surrounded by other musicians with sheet music stands visible.

Lunchtime Concert: Wolfson Chamber Group

08/06/2024 at 13.30

Hear the Wolfson Chamber Group perform at this Saturday lunchtime concert.