WRE 2021

Wolfson Research Event 2021

The Wolfson Research Event (WRE) is an interdisciplinary conference, where students of Wolfson College present their research. The programme booklet is now available.

WRE 2021

The WRE 2021 invites you to join us in considering the new perspectives we need in order to tackle the many issues presented by this complex, unpredictable world. We are all aware of the social, political and environmental crises at present and approaching; however, with this comes a realisation of our shared responsibility in our existential predicament. What new perspectives must we employ to ensure the invigoration of science, innovation and humanity? Only through careful research and frank discussion can we find effective solutions to the daunting challenges we face, harnessing the impact we know we have to construct an optimistic future. 

So join us in engaging with prominent speakers and your fellow Wolfson researchers at the WRE 2021: New Perspectives!

The WRE 2021 will take place online and it is free and open to everyone. Registration for the event is now open. Have a look at the programme booklet, watch recordings from last year's event or look at photos from previous events.

Any questions on submissions should be directed to the organisers' committee.   


Wednesday, 28 April (14.30 – 16.05 BST)

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14.30-14.40 – Opening Remarks from Wolfson President, Prof Jane Clarke

14.40-15.05 – Keynote Speech: Ms Marie-Anne Coninsx (Former EU Ambassador at Large for the Arctic)

15.05-15.20 – Alejandro Guizar-Coutiño: REDD+ works best where it matters most

15.20-15.35 – Tamara Achampong: Influence of SES and Self-Efficacy on Maths Achievement and Maths Anxiety Relationship

15.35-15.50 – Rubén Asiaín Mira: A second life to human wastes: Energy extraction from domestic wastewater

15.50-16.05 – David Sánchez García: Sex Workers in Spain: The ‘Others’ of the Spanish Feminist Movement

Thursday, 29 April (14.30 – 16.30 BST)

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14.30-14.35 – Welcome from the WRE Host

14.35-15.00 – Keynote Speech: Dr Paulo de Assis (performer, composer, author, and researcher at the Orpheus Institute)

15.00-15.15 – Leon Pietschmann: Knowledge Exchange in Incubators

15.15-15.30 – Rae White: Climate Change Memes & Eco-Anxiety: Expressions of Public Feelings in Memes

15.30-15.45 – Caleb Deck: Developing a framework to guide building owner sustainability choices

15.45-16.00 – Thilal Halimah: Resilience in Education - exploring the experiences of Syrian and Jordanian children and young adults in Jordan

16:00-16:30 – Poster Presentations (flash sessions)

  • Konstantinos Tsigaridis: Physics Problem Solving in High-School Students: The Role of Executive Functions 
  • Kai Fricke: A short teaching programme improves Cambridge Medical Students’ confidence in performing Basic Surgical Skills in preparation for Foundation Years
  • Itsuhiro Ko: Transfer of nucleic acids from Plants to Parasitic Nematodes: The evolutionary arm-race between hosts and parasites
  • Santiago Sottil: The “Waste to Art” project: raising awareness of food waste the art way 
  • Konstantinos Korakakis, on behalf of the S&C Hub: Wolfson’s S&C Stories
Friday, 30 April (14.30 – 16.00 BST)

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14.30-14.35 – Welcome from the WRE Host

14.35-15.00 – Keynote Speech: Prof Juan Maldacena (Carl P. Feinberg Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study)

15.00-15.15 – Christopher George: We The People? The Conservative National Identity And Its Role in American Political Polarisation

15.15-15.30 – Dhruv Panchal: Harnessing hibernation to treat dementia

15.30-15.45 – Rahul Swaminathan: Solar-electric vehicles: do they have a practical place on roads?

15.45-16.00 – Aviral Marwal: Geographic Information System (GIS) based spatial proximity analysis of household location and services

Tuesday, 4 May (14.30 – 16.30 BST)

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New Interdisciplinary Perspectives Workshop: How to be more interdisciplinary competent and friendly

To close the WRE 2021 in style, Wolfson’s Interdisciplinary Research Hubs (Gender, Global Health, Sustainability & Conservation) and Let's Talk About Race and Racism initiative are collaborating to provide you an interactive workshop on New Interdisciplinary Perspectives: How to be more interdisciplinary competent and friendly. Building upon the theme of New Perspectives, this workshop will demonstrate how an interdisciplinary focus is powerful at combating modern challenges. Join to explore concepts of inter-, trans- and multi-disciplinarity, intersectionality, competence, and friendliness through collaborative discussion, case studies, and a bit of fun.

WRE 2021 Committee

Position Names
Chair Vassilis Gkoumas
Editorial Officers Ian Roque and Saman Samadi
Workshop Officers Cynthia Lam and Wardah Malik
Programme Officers Allysa Czerwinsky and Imogen Stockwell
Publicity Officer Ed Fernyhough
Logistics Officer Nyandire Reinhard Bonke
Photographer Alex Lau

What's on

mother and daughter with gas masks

Humanities Society - "Objects, Bodies, and Emotions: How the Gas Mask Can Help Us Tell the History of Total War"

11/05/2021 at 18.00

The Humanities Society organises regular talks during term time. During Easter term 2021, all talks take place as zoom webinars, make sure to register.

Adeel Khan

Green Society - How to use the power of social media for good?

13/05/2021 at 18.00

The Green Society organises regular talks during term time. During Easter term 2021, all talks take place as zoom webinars, make sure to register.

Group of people sitting round a table, some of the using computers and wearing headsets

Peer Review Workshop

13/05/2021 at 19.00

Do you have an idea that you would like feedback on? Perhaps you would like to see if an argument you are writing is clear or makes sense? Maybe you would like to see if the data you are presenting in your paper flows well with your surrounding text?

group of women

Beyond Borders: Women's Movements Around the World

14/05/2021 at 16.00

The Interdisciplinary Research Hub on Gender is hosting a collaborative event featuring academics and activists to give voice to feminist movements outside the Euro-American world.

Jazmin Scarlett

Science Society - The keys to the past: a mixed-methods approach to reconstructing the 1812 eruption of La Soufrière St. Vincent

14/05/2021 at 18.00

The Science Society organises regular talks during term time. Throughout this term, all talks take place as zoom meetings, make sure to register.