MCR Bulletin 26/02/15
- [EVENT] Innovation Forum: Innovation Leaders Conference (ILC) 2015
- [EVENT] Panel discussion on “Terrorism & Radicalization – A Critical Perspective”
- [EVENT] 17th EMBL PhD Symposium- Just by chance?
- [EVENT] International Development: Where is the Evidence?
- [EVENT] Sign up for Jailbreak
- [EVENT] Science Week Ceilidh- Monday 9 March.
- [EVENT] THE SORCERER AUDITIONS AND APPLICATIONS
- [EVENT] Cambridge, UK: Innovation Forum Business Idea Competition
- [EVENT] Cambridge University Data Science Society introduces our event of the year “Working in Data Science”.
- [EVENT] CHaOS
- [COMPETITION] Cambridge Humanities Review Call for Submissions and Essay Competition
- [EVENT] Tea yoga
[EVENT] Innovation Forum: Innovation Leaders Conference (ILC) 2015
The ILC 2015 is the Innovation Forum’s premier annual event bringing together approximately 300 of the UK’s leading innovators from across sectors.
When: Thursday 16th & Friday 17th April 2015
Where: Cambridge Judge Business School
Register: For more information and to register please go to http://www.inno-forum.org/
[EVENT] Panel discussion on “Terrorism & Radicalization – A Critical Perspective”
The Violence Research Centre invites you to a panel discussion on “Terrorism & Radicalization – A Critical Perspective” on 4th March 2015 at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge. Over the past months places as varied as Pakistan, Nigeria, Paris, Copenhagen, Libya and North Carolina have been affected by major acts of terrorism. What do these events have in common? Does Islam and religious identity play a role in the process of radicalization? What is the relationship between terrorist networks, religion and violence? Dr Noemi Bouhana and Dr Ryan Williams will discuss the process of radicalization and the realities of these relationships based on their research. The speakers will also shed light on the similarities and differences between the global and local reactions to these violent events. Dr Noemi Bouhana is a lecturer in Security and Crime Science at the University College London, where she directs the MSc in Countering Organised Crime and Terrorism. Her research focuses on the processes involved in the emergence of radicalising settings, and the role that these settings, in turn, play in individuals’ development of a terrorist propensity. Dr Ryan Williams is a research associate at the Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge. His research interests are in the relationship of radicalization and religion. His current research is on religious identity, faith, trust and risk in high security prisons. Professor Manuel Eisner, director of the Violence Research Centre at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge, will act as the moderator. The seminar will be held at the Institute of Criminology on 4th March 2015. It will begin at 6pm. There will be 30 minutes each of initial statements by each panellist followed by a panel discussion and questions from the audience. The seminar will be followed by a drinks reception. The facebook event is: https://www.facebook.com/events/1573350969575164/?notif_t=plan_user_associated All are welcome!
[EVENT] 17th EMBL PhD Symposium- Just by chance?
Randomness and Variability shaping biology
22 – 24 October 2014, EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
We are pleased to announce the 17th European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) International PhD Symposium!
This year’s Symposium, “Just by Chance? – Randomness and Variability Shaping Biology”, will explore the importance of randomness and variability in biology, and how living systems navigate the fine line between order and chaos in order to survive and thrive.
Living systems must robustly maintain their internal organization, yet remain flexible to respond and adapt to the challenges of a dynamic environment. The balance between these opposing requirements shapes biological systems across all scales, from molecules to ecosystems. The investigation of this balance between optimization and variability is central to modern biological research.
The symposium will highlight the role of stochasticity in biology, touching upon topics such as the role of noise, thermal fluctuations and mutations. At the same time, it will focus on how living systems can both exploit or counteract this intrinsic unpredictability in phenomena such as symmetry breaking, evolutionary adaptation or the establishment of robust error correction systems and feedback controls.
In order to best cover this diverse and multifaceted topic, we will host top speakers including Pau Bernado from the CBS Montpellier, Peter Fraser of the Babraham Institute, Thomas Gilbert from the University of Copenhagen, publishing consultant Irene Hames, Laura Landweber from Princeton University, Ville Mustonen of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and Caren Norden from the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Anna Tramontano from Sapienza University of Rome, Italy. For a full list of our invited speakers, please check our website (link below).
Characterised by the diverse backgrounds of its organisers, the EMBL PhD symposium has always made multidisciplinarity one of its hallmarks. By bringing together leading scientists that tackle this subject from different perspectives, we seek to enable an exchange of ideas and inspire early-career researchers to see biological systems from a new point of view.
Our conference will offer an exciting, interdisciplinary and unique perspective on the balance between optimization and variability in biological systems. Moreover it will provide young researchers from various international research institutes with an opportunity to interact with leading scientists in a stimulating and informal environment, thanks to a rich program including talks, as well as poster stands, panel discussions and informal blackboard sessions.
Additionally short talks by PhD students and post-docs will be featured, and ample provision will be made for informal networking and social activities.
The 17th EMBL PhD symposium will take place on October 22nd-24th 2015, at EMBL Heidelberg, Germany. The registration has opened, and until the 5th of July you can get a special early-bird discount! You can register according to the guidelines on our website at: http://phdsymposium.embl.org/. Furthermore, travel grants are also available, for more information please check our website.
Please forward this email to colleagues who might be interested in the PhD Symposium. We hope to see you in Heidelberg in October!
[EVENT] International Development: Where is the Evidence?
Friday, 6th March 2015 from 17:00 to 19:00
Winstanley Lecture Theatre, Trinity College, Cambridge
Humanitarian and development organisations are increasingly pressured to show that their decisions are based on the ‘best available evidence’ and that their interventions and programmes do have an impact. But where is the evidence, how does it reach organisations, and who decides what is ‘best’?
Join us to debate this important topic from both a practice and research perspective, with the following speakers:
- Ewen MacLeod, Head of UNHCR’s Policy Development and Evaluation Services
- Professor Chris Whitty, Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department for International Development (DfID)
- Dr Shailaja Fennell, University Lecturer in Development Studies
- Alex MacGillivray, Director of Development Impact at CDC
The lecture will be followed by a wine reception. Students working in a relevant area to the policy debate can also apply to attend the post-lecture dinner with the speakers.
This policy debate is generously sponsored by Astra Zeneca, Analysys Mason, MedImmune, and Science.
[EVENT] Sign up for Jailbreak
As some of you may know RAG Jailbreak will be running from the 7th March to the 8th. You are given 36 hours to get as far away from Cambridge as possible without using your own money. In previous years, some of the pairs have reached places as far away as Singapore, Buenos Aires, New York and even Australia all whilst raising a significant amount of money for our charities. This year the charities are Cambridge Rape Crisis Centre, Jimmy’s Night Shelter, Foodcycle, Teenage Cancer Trust (Addenbrooke’s), Student Minds, Make a Wish, Save the Children, Action Malaria Foundation (AMF), Schistosomiasis Control Initiative (SCI) and War Child. Signs ups close ***THIS FRIDAY*** – make sure you sign up. You don’t want to miss out on the fabulous prizes and a chance to have an incredible holiday. Take a look at our video if you need any more convincing! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0b9d7MtlJk If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us at jailbreak
[EVENT] Science Week Ceilidh- Monday 9 March.
[EVENT] THE SORCERER AUDITIONS AND APPLICATIONS
Auditions for Cambridge University Gilbert & Sullivan Society’s production of The Sorcerer will take place next weekend, on Saturday 28 Feb and Sunday 1 Mar. You can sign up for an audition slot at http://doodle.com/fpbexm4ifa33kii6 or are also welcome to just show up on the door! The location of Saturday venues is to be confirmed and will be announced in the next few days—please keep an eye on Camdram. Sunday auditions will take place in the Trinity Music Practice Rooms. Technical team applications have also opened for The Sorcerer. A full listing can be found on Camdram at http://www.camdram.net/vacancies/techies and applications should be emailed to thesorcerer2015 by 1 pm tomorrow (Saturday, 21 Feb). The Sorcerer charts Alexis’ attempts to bring happiness to the people of Ploverleigh by hiring John Wellington Wells, a Sorcerer, to use dark magic and create a love potion. However, as the villagers begin to forget their old loves and become deeply infatuated by the first person they see, will the spell prove a success? Will the villagers be truly happy with their new situation? What is the source of John Wellington Wells powers? And why does everyone seem less and less like their old selves?
LSM GALA As a reminder, Cambridge University Gilbert & Sullivan Society’s Little Saint Mary’s Church Gala will take place on Saturday, 7 March, and we’d love to see all of you get involved! There will be be opportunities to sing solos, in duets, or in choruses, so there’s something for everyone. Sign up at http://bit.ly/1AYPw7M if you want to be in the Gala!
[EVENT] Cambridge, UK: Innovation Forum Business Idea Competition
Part of the Innovation Leaders Conference 2015
What: Innovation Forum Business Idea Competition (BIC)
When: Thursday 16th & Friday 17th of April 2015
Where: University of Cambridge
Submission deadline: 15th March 2015
Do you have an innovative business idea that you want to push forward? If so, you can gain significant traction by entering IF Business Idea Competition and submitting a 1000-word executive summary of your innovative business idea in one of four categories: Life Science & Healthcare, Engineering, Clean Energy or Digital Technology.
Following rigorous screening, the top 10 teams will be selected to pitch their ideas at Innovation Leaders Conference in front of our judges:
- Dr David Cleevely: Serial tech entrepreneur and business angel
- Mary Anne Cordeiro: Director, Albion Ventures
- Dr Andy Richards: Serial bioentrepreneur and business angel
- Dr Ann Connolly: Senior Director, New Ventures, Johnson & Johnson Innovation Centre
- All the pitching teams will receive a written feedback from the judges.
The winning team will receive £6.5K worth prize, which is a combination of cash and free services from leading legal, financial, and consultancy firms.
Participants may enter as individuals or as teams.
Submit your idea by 15th March 2015 to: businessidea.
[EVENT] Cambridge University Data Science Society introduces our event of the year “Working in Data Science”.
Data Science is an exciting new interdisciplinary field emerging from the application of Big Data and predictive analytics to all areas of our data-rich world with a substantial and ever-increasing talent shortage. Featuring speakers from 7 companies and organisations, including Cambridge alumni, this event will showcase data scientists who come from diverse backgrounds and work for King, Winton Capital, OC&C, Google, Government Operational Research Service (GORS) and Tesco. You will hear how data scientists use their skills in areas of game development, investment management, management consulting, software, government operations and retail. A bonus speaker from ASI will talk about the transition between scientific research in academia and data science in industry. Why is data science relevant for these companies? What sort of problems do data scientists face and solve daily? What does the daily working day of a data scientist look like? What makes a good Data Scientist? What opportunities does this emerging area hold for you? Join us to find out! Date: 25 February, 6pm Venue: Mill Lane Lecture Room 3, Cambridge Networking session with free pizza and drink afterwards. Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/cudatasciencesociety camdatascience.com
**What is CHaOS?**
If you don’t know who we are, Cambridge Hands On Science (aka CHaOS) is a student society which aims to show children andfamilies that science can be fun and exciting, and something that they can understand.
**CHaOS need student volunteers**
We’re now recruiting volunteers for our biggest annual event, “Crash, Bang, Squelch!”- this a huge hands on science day that we run during the Cambridge Science Festival. We’ll be taking over the Zoology Department in the New Museums site (on the right when you enter through the arch) on Saturday 14th March 2015. We’ll have lots of own exciting experiments, and we’ll need lots of enthusiastic student volunteers to help demonstrate them to the public. Saturday 14th March is after the end of lectures, so you can have fun helping out without worrying about work.
**What exactly does it involve?**
We’ve got a huge number of hands-on experiments that we’ve designed to demonstrate interesting scientific principles. You might find yourself demonstrating how bridges stay up, why some things glow in the dark or even introducing children to Boris the skeleton. The ideas are simple, but with enthusiastic and interested demonstrators we can show children that science isn’t a ‘boring’ subject. You can choose to demonstrate in the morning or afternoon, and if you choose to do the whole day we’ll even provide you with a *free lunch (whoever said there was no such thing?). Even better, there is a *free party* in the evening for all the demonstrators.
**Sounds great! How do I sign up?**
The sign up page is on our website at http://www.chaosscience.org.uk/node/1663. You will be able to select which experiments you want to do after your initial signup, and there’s lots of other information about CHaOS and the experiments on our demonstrator website
(http://www.chaosscience.org.uk/volunteers_home)- please have a look to find out what we do! Also, why not get your friends to sign up too? *I’ve never done anything like this before, will I be any good?* No experience is necessary, and every year we have loads of people who haven’t done CHaOS before. If you’re a scientist (including mathmos, vets, medics, engineers or compscis) you already know more than enough to demonstrate. The experiments have interesting and useful descriptions to explain the science and if you are unsure you can always ask one of the friendly committee members. Questions? If you’ve got any questions about Crash Bang Squelch!, or about CHaOS generally, please get in touch with us at contact [Note: In previous years people have confused Crash, Bang, Squelch! and other Science Festival events, some of which also happen on Saturday 14th March… Obviously we think Crash, Bang, Squelch! is the most fun, but it makes everyone’s life easier if you make sure you’re not double booked!] Thanks for reading all the way to the bottom- we hope to see you at a CHaOS event soon! Thanks, Le Qin Crash, Bang, Squelch! Coordinator 2015
[COMPETITION] Cambridge Humanities Review Call for Submissions and Essay Competition
The Cambridge Humanities Review is now inviting submissions for its Easter Term and May Week Issues. The CHR is a journal of reviews and essays written by academics and students, and has published work by figures such as Rowan Williams and Maurice Glasman as well as numerous professors from Oxford, Cambridge and beyond. Review copies of books can be provided upon request. For more details visit:http://www.cambridgereview.weebly.com/write-for-us
The CHR is also seeking entries for its first student essay competition on any painting in the Fitzwilliam Museum. Deadline for submission is 28th April and the judging panel will include Director of the Fitzwilliam Tim Knox. For more details visit:http://www.cambridgereview.weebly.com/news
[EVENT] Tea yoga
On this coming Sunday there will be another ‘tea yoga’ session. This time, we will practice ‘tea facial steaming meditation’ (茶熏得气) and learn ‘eye meditation’, and do some yoga practice afterwards. No matter whether you have attended any tea yoga sessions before or not, you are more than welcome to join it this time.
Time: 3.00-5.00 pm, 1st March
Venue: Downing College, West Room
The session is totally free for all participants, although donation is more than welcome. Again, because the space and equipment are limited, we can only accommodate 15 people for one session. If you would like to join, please register at the following link as soon as possible. You will receive an email to confirm your attendance by next Wednesday.
Introduction to tea yoga:
Tea yoga is a system of healthy maintenance practice, created by Zen master Jingyan in recent years based on the traditional method of vapor therapy in ancient China and yoga from India. In the practice, we use tea leaves as the spices in the facial steaming meditation. Tea steam opens the skin’s pores while deeply cleansing and rejuvenating the skin; tea steam comes into the body and helps to open our acupuncture points and channels, clearing blockages, and stimulates the organs to balance themselves, and improve the immune system. During the whole process, you are relaxed and become more aware of our body and yourself. It helps people to release pressure, harmonize the heart, the body, and the affairs in daily life. Especially, for people who work hard at desk, the tea steaming meditation helps to cure the tiredness of the eyes and improve the eyesight, Yoga and Daoyin exercise help to relieve the pain and stress on the shoulders and neck.
Our website: http://www.camcc.org/tea-yoga