MCR Bulletin 29/5/14
- [EVENT] University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute
- [EVENT] 11th Technology Ventures Conference: Beyond the Now!
- [EVENT] CUSPE’s Annual Policy Review at the Royal Society hosted by Cambridge University Science and Policy Exchange
- [BABYSITTER REQUIRED] Do you have childcare/babysitting experience and 3 weeks free this summer?
- [EVENT] The Oxbridge Biotech Roundtable present: “Moving Genomics to the Clinic” (June 4th)
[EVENT] University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute
Inter-disciplinary Graduate Conservation-Related Conference
1st and 2nd September 2014, Cambridge, UK
Hosted by University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute with contribution from the ESRC Doctoral Training Centre
Open to all graduate students working on the environment and biodiversity conservation within the University of Cambridge
The Interdisciplinary Conservation Research Group is pleased to announce its first Conference on “Inter-disciplinarity in Conservation Research”. The conference will gather graduate students from the University of Cambridge working on conservation research across disciplines.
For the first time, the conference will bring together the Cambridge graduate community working on conservation from a variety of perspectives. It will be a place for open conversation about the key research questions, for sharing knowledge and experiences about methods and fieldwork, as well as to put forward the epistemological and ontological debates taking place across the range of arts and humanities, social and natural science disciplines that are relevant to understand biodiversity conservation and its context.. These disciplines include (but are not limited to) conservation biology, economics, development studies, social anthropology, human geography, sociology, and politics.
Papers on all topics of interest to interdisciplinary conservation research may be submitted for presentation within the conference and will be considered by the scientific programme committee. Electronic copies of abstracts should be sent via the UCCRI website (https://research-institute.conservation.cam.ac.uk/grad-conf) by 10th of July 2014. Closing date for all other participants is 1st August 2014.
Please also see the attached poster
[EVENT] 11th Technology Ventures Conference: Beyond the Now!
23rd June 2014 | West Road Concert Hall | 8am-6.30pm
Join the Cambridge University Technology and Enterprise Club for its 11th annual Technology Ventures Conference!
The Technology Ventures Conference 2014, titled “Beyond the Now”, features 15 TED style talks from world leading entrepreneurs and technologists. Exploring the impact of technology innovation on the future of our society, the talks will be led by keynote speakers including:
Naveen Jain. Mr. Jain is the founder of three companies – Moon Express, InfoSpace, and currently Inome. He is also the founder and CEO of the World Innovation Institute, and has an established record as a philanthropist, entrepreneur, and technology pioneer.
Hazel Henderson, D.Sc.Hon., FRSA, is the founder of Ethical Markets Media and the creator and co-executive Producer of its TV series. She is also a world renowned futurist, evolutionary economist and the author of the Axiom and Nautilus award-winning book “Ethical Markets: Growing the Green Economy” (2006).
Dr Eric Drexler. Dr. Drexler is often described as “the founding father of nanotechnology”. He introduced this concept to the scientific community through a seminal paper in 1981 and a book-length physics-based analysis entitled “Nanosystems: Molecular Machinery, Manufacturing, and Computation”.
Get your tickets early and you will have the opportunity to sign up for two workshops led by Simon Galbraith (founder of Red Gate) and David J. Brown (CEO of VE Interactive) on “how to become a successful technology entrepreneur”.
We hope to see you there!
[EVENT] CUSPE’s Annual Policy Review at the Royal Society hosted by Cambridge University Science and Policy Exchange
10th June, 6:00 – 10:00 pm, The Royal Society, London
The relationship between evidence and policy is complex and sometimes proves controversial. Policymakers can be heavily criticised if if they are not seen to fully use the available evidence and so are often keen to claim their policies are evidence-based. But within any political or policy decision there are a great number of influencing factors which affect the final integration of ‘evidence’ and outcome. Each year, the Annual Policy Review examine the complexities, and potential barriers to evidence-based policy making.
This year, we will use the suggested minimum alcohol pricing policy as a springboard to explore these issues, discussing factors such as the availability and uncertainty of evidence.
We are delighted to welcome as our speakers:
- Jill Rutter (Chair), Programme Director at the Institute for Government, former senior civil servant in the Treasury, No. 10, and Defra.
- Professor Theresa Marteau, Director of the Behaviour and Health Research Unit at the University of Cambridge.
- Professor Alan Maryon-Davis, Chair of Alcohol Research UK, Honorary Professor of Public Health at Kings College London.
- Dr Peter Rice, Chair of Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems, Alcohol Policy Lead for Royal College of Psychiatrists (UK), Past Chair of Royal College of Psychiatrists in Scotland.
More speakers will be announced shortly.
The agenda for the evening is as follows:
- 6.00pm Arrival and registration
- 6.30pm Lecture
- 8.00pm Wine reception
- 9.30pm Close
Members of the Civil Service, Government, academia, and think tanks are all invited to attend. This will be a great opportunity to hear from leading figures at the interface of science and policy on a topical and challenging subject, as well as to network with individuals from diverse sectors with a shared interest in expertise and policy-making, all in the premier scientific academy in the world.
To attend this free event, register here (http://cuspe.us6.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=4b0dc01c3d4b9307c7dc06a50&id=0257bd950e&e=d25c853966).
CUSPE is an organisation run by and for early career researchers that aims to build stronger links between its members and government policy-makers. Founded in 2012, the society strives to support young researchers who wish either to influence policy from within the research environment of the University or to pursue directly a career with the governments of the UK or European Union. CUSPE attracts researchers from across the academic disciplines (scientists, engineers and social scientists), all of whom have a desire to understand how their own research, or science more generally, fits within a broader policy context.
[BABYSITTER REQUIRED] Do you have childcare/babysitting experience and 3 weeks free this summer?
Dates: weeks beginning 11/8, 18/8, 1/9
I’m looking for someone to look after my two boys, aged 7 & 9. You might have seen them at the April garden party, playing badminton and wrestling with each other. That’d give you some idea of what it would be like…
If you’re interested, please get in touch with me, at SL360@cam.ac.uk. Please do note the university policy on graduate students working – which you can find here: http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/students/studentregistry/fees/funding/employment.html . This job will be suitable for someone who has finished their course.
Dr. Sian Lazar
Lecturer in Social Anthropology, Department of Archaeology and Anthropology
Fellow and Graduate Tutor, Clare College
[EVENT] The Oxbridge Biotech Roundtable present: “Moving Genomics to the Clinic” (June 4th)
As genomics is coming of age, how will it impact healthcare? Join OBR Cambridge on June 4th at 7pm for a panel discussion about the future of medicine. Speakers are:
– Prof. Mark Caulfield, Chief Scientist of the 100k Genomes Project
– Dr. Geoff Smith, Vice President, Technology Development, Illumina
– Dr. Nitzan Rosenfeld, Group Leader, CRUK Cambridge Institute
Please register online for free: