Wolfson Research Event

2018 Wolfson Research Event: Friday 2 March in the Lee Hall, 11.00-18.30

We are pleased to announce that the keynote speakers for the 2018 Wolfson Research Event will be Prof Dame Ottoline Leyser (early afternoon) and Dr Danny Kingsley (late afternoon). Wolfson President, Jane Clarke, will open the event. The programme is available to download here.

The Wolfson Research Event (WRE) is an intellectual box of chocolates, a chance to sample the spectacular variety of research at Wolfson. For presenters, it offers an opportunity to share your work and practice presenting to a general audience, with useful feedback. It features presentations from undergraduates, graduates, junior scholars and senior scholars.

Keynote Speakers

Dame Ottoline Leyser DBE FRS 

Ottoline Leyser is Professor of Plant Development and Director of the Sainsbury Laboratory at the University of Cambridge. Her research uses the control of shoot branching in Arabidopsis as a model system to understand plant developmental plasticity and the role of plant hormones in integrating endogenous and environmental inputs into development. Ottoline received her BA (1986) and PhD (1990) in Genetics at the University of Cambridge. After post-doctoral work at Indiana University, she returned to the UK and took up a faculty position at the University of York, moving to the new Sainsbury Laboratory in 2011. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society, a Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Sciences, and a Member of the Leopoldina. She currently serves on the Prime Minister’s Committee on Science and Technology, and Chairs the Royal Society’s Science Policy Advisory Group. In 2017 she was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to plant science, science in society and equality and diversity in science.

Title of keynote: Living with uncertainty

As scientists, we like to think we are on the inexorable march to the Truth. We are following a clear path guided by the pure light of logic. But as Einstein famously said “If we knew what we were doing it would not be called research”. Research involves stepping into the unknown. It involves making up hypotheses about what might be going on, testing them and usually finding out they are wrong. This is uncomfortable. People do not like uncertainty and they don’t like being wrong, which is why the clear lit path is such an attractive myth. High quality research depends on us finding ways to embrace the unknown and enjoy being wrong. This is not only essential for the process of research, but it is more generally an important tool for navigating a career in science.

Second Keynote speaker: Dr Danny Kingsley

Dr. Kingsley is the Deputy Director, Scholarly Communication and Research Services at Cambridge University Library. Her role has responsibility for managing funder mandates for open access and research data management. This includes working closely with colleagues within the University, the UK and internationally to ensure good policy development and implementation. Danny sits on several committees and editorial boards and regularly publishes blogs and research papers and is invited to speak at conferences. Before moving to the UK she established the Australsian Open Access Strategy Group. This followed on from working for four years as the Manager of Scholarly Communication at the Australian National University, a natural extension of her 2008 PhD into the range of ways different disciplines engage with open access. She has worked as a science communicator for 15 years, including two years with ABC Science Online as a journalist for News in Science.

Danny regularly edits and writes for the Unlocking Research blog and Tweets enthusiastically @dannykay68. Her ORCID profile lists some publications and many of her presentations are available.

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