WRE 2021

Wolfson Research Event 2021

The Wolfson Research Event (WRE) is an interdisciplinary conference, where students of Wolfson College present their research. You can access the 2021 programme booklet here.

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

Professor Helle Porsdam

Humanities Society: Science as a Cultural Human Right

24/05/2022 at 17.45

Join Professor Helle Porsdam for an evening talk which focuses on the right to science – a little known but potentially powerful human right.

Ellie Bladon, PhD student in the Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge

Science Society: Parental care: an evolutionary case of “use it or lose it”

27/05/2022 at 17.45

Phenotypic plasticity enables animals to flexibly adjust their behaviour to their social environment – sometimes through the expression of adaptive traits that have not been exhibited for several generations. The ability to revive these ‘ghosts of adaptations past’ could prove beneficial for populations living in a changing world.

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Working on Your Dissertation

28/05/2022 at 10.00

This workshop will cover several aspects of formatting and proofreading a dissertation.

Kill or Cure poster

Art exhibition: 'Kill or Cure'

28/05/2022 at 10.00

Lethal or life-giving? Wolfson's exciting contemporary art exhibition explores the potential of animals, plants, and substances from the natural world to ‘Kill’ and/or ‘Cure’ (open to the public Saturday and Sundays, 10am - 5pm).

Daniel Phillips playing violin and Victor Wang playing Piano

Music Society Lunchtime Concert: Daniel Phillips & Victor Wang

28/05/2022 at 13.30

Join us live in the Lee Hall for an hour-long lunchtime concert of violin and piano, performed by Daniel Phillips and Victor Wang.