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

Image 'Barbarians under the rug' by Enej Gala

Art Exhibition: 'After News Before Bed'

24/02/2024 at 10.00

Visit Wolfson's latest exhibition 'After News Before Bed' featuring work by emerging artist Enej Gala, winner of the Wolfson Royal Academy Schools Graduate Prize.

Painting of people on a harbour in the 1820s

The Age of Revolutions in Southern Europe

27/02/2024 at 17.30

What is a revolution? What role did Southern Europe play in the history of modern politics?

Advert for writing poems

Creative Poetry Workshop

28/02/2024 at 19.00

‘Poetry is everywhere; it just needs editing’, James Tate

Paper faces of all different colours.

The Place of Islamophobia within Debates on Racism

29/02/2024 at 17.30

This event is the second of three roundtables that Wolfson's REACH Research Hub will be organising over the academic year under the heading ‘Hierarchies of Racism?’