Events

SIU Katowice: The Brain in a Nutshell

On November 30, 2017 the SIU Katowice team held a successful “The Brain in a Nutshell” event - amassing an interest in over 200 attendees. Understanding the brain is exceedingly important as it steers the very essence of life itself; and with this in mind, the SIU team welcomed three guest speakers to discuss current brain research and the vast possibilities that could come about from increasing our understanding of the brain.

SIUConference Oxford: Neurotechnology and Applied Neuroscience

As part of our SIU Conference series, the Oxford division hosted three speakers at the ‘Neurotechnology and Applied Neuroscience’ event on 23rd November 2017 at Magdalen College, a primary sponsor of SIUOxford. Our speakers were selected based on their shared experience of utilising some aspect of applied neuroscience for social and/or commercial impact.

SIUTranslations Frankfurt - The Human Side of AI: The Role of Artificial Intelligence in Society

On November 20th in Frankfurt the SIU team welcomed Prof Gregory Wheeler and Prof Roberto V. Zicari to our SIUTranslations event to talk about Artificial Intelligence and its human side. Read on to find out what these experts discussed with our audience at this high-impact event.

SIUConversations Katowice: The Future of Careers of Medical Students and Resident Physicians

The ongoing healthcare system crisis in Poland and the accompanying protests and hunger strikes that started recently concern the healthcare professionals in the country greatly. At our SIUConversations event that took place in Katowice on November 17 we addressed the questions and possible answers to the the problem with our three panellists.

SIULondon - Commercial Strategy: How a Bad Commercial Strategy Can Kill a Great Technology

On November 16, 2017, the London Division of the SIU organised a workshop with Dr Jeff Skinner, the Executive Director of the Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at London Business School on commercial strategy. The main focus was on what it means to develop a commercial strategy for a researcher and if it is actually needed when the underlying technology is compelling enough to sell itself.

SIUConversations Oxford: Academia And Industry - Advancing Science And Your Career

SIUOxford hosted our first educational event for this academic year on November 16th 2017, titled ‘Academia and Industry: Advancing Science and Your Career’. We welcomed three professionals, all with experience in both academia and industry, to share their career journeys and to offer advice to attendees on how to approach bridging the gap between the two areas.

Labstep: Building A Start-Up To Help The Research Community

On November 13, 2017, The Oxford Division of the SIU collaborated with Enterprising Oxford to host the CEO and co-founder of Labstep, Jake Schofield. The event was part of the #StartedinOxford series that highlights startups that were founded in the Oxford ecosystem. Here is the summary of the illuminating talk.

SIU Translation Frankfurt Session 1: Self-Driving Cars: Deep Learning, Computer Vision and Sensor Fusion

The SIU Translation series kicked off in Frankfurt on October 26 with the exciting topic of self-driving cars. Our speaker Peter Skvarenina, a specialist in advanced algorithms, machine learning and robotics, currently runs his own machine learning and automation company. Read on to find out about how a car can drive itself and what we can expect in the near future when it comes to transport. 

SIUConversations Katowice: The Rise of Artificial Intelligence

We restarted our SIUConversations series with the new academic year in Katowice on October 12 and had a fantastic line-up of speakers to tell us about the latest in integration of Artificial Intelligence and robotics into healthcare and medicine. Here is the summary of the thought-provoking evening.

The New Healthcare Revolution: Innovating in a Digital World

On June 15th SIU held another SIUFocus session in London with a panel of speakers. The discussion was about the ongoing revolution in healthcare brought on by use of digital means for patient data storage, patient monitoring and services provided. Read on to find out what our experts said about what exactly the new healthcare revolution means for patients, healthcare professionals and innovators.

Enterprising Women: How the Greek Financial Crisis Inspired a Startup

Spotting an unmet need and coming up with ideas to meet it are essential for the success of a startup. Where your ideas stem from, however, can be completely unrelated to your background and expertise. Dr. Denise Xifara was the guest of Enterprising Oxford recently and here we bring you the story of her, her doctorate in genetics, the Greek financial crisis and her startup Nupinion.

Brexit: The Divorce Battle over Life Sciences and Funding

On June 23, 2016, the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union in what could either be described as a catastrophic self-destruction or a glorious grasp at independence. Wrapped up in a state of confusion over their status in the United Kingdom are scientists from Europe and abroad. On June 8, 2017, almost one year after the referendum, SIU brought together experts in London, to talk about their concerns and current measures they are taking in academia, industry and government to make things as smooth as possible for UK science. 

Enterprising Women: An Insight from Dame Carol Robinson

The numbers by which women are represented in science, business and leadership positions always lead to debate. Entrepreneurship and the extent of female involvement fits right into the same picture. In March 2017, Enterprising Oxford hosted the Oxford professor Dame Carol Robinson at their "Enterprising Women" session. Our writer Sandra Ionescu was there to find out about the ups and downs of Carol's entrepreneurial adventure. Here is what Carol's inspirational talk covered.

The Revolution of Surgery and The Rise of Technology

It's the 21st century and technology has a bigger impact on shaping our lives than ever. The same is true for medicine. There are online platforms and tools to help physicians perfect their knowledge and skills. In the second SIUConversations event in Katowice, our speakers from MEDtube told us how.

Academia's Bittersweet Box Of Chocolates: (Tr)eat With Caution!

Becoming a successful scientist, handling difficulties in career choices while maintaining the ever illusive life-work balance...Sounds difficult, doesn't it? Our guest speaker Melissa Vo at the SIUConversations event in Frankfurt has been doing it all and on April 19 she told us about how she handled this mixed box of chocolates that is academia. Here is the summary of her talk. 

"And The Winners Are..."

In this last instalment of the SIU-Naturejobs writing competition article series we bring you a short summary of the awards ceremony we held in Oxford for our writers contributing to the competition. We combined the event with a roundtable discussion Naturejobs editor and our competition collaborator Jack Leeming held with the audience. You can find the links to the winning pieces in the article.

SIUConversations Cambridge: "Meet the Founder: Pitch Perfect"

An engaging pitch can be everything when it comes to convincing your audience of the importance, novelty and potential of your ideas. In our "Meet the Founder: Pitch Perfect" event in Cambridge on May 4th, we had the chance to get tips from founders who successfully pitched their ideas to investors. Here is a summary of the enlightening event.

SIUFocus: The Power of Big Data: Advancing Healthcare in the Electronic Era

The first SIUFocus event took place in London on April 27th. Our 3 speakers remarked on the power of big data and shed light on how they use artificial intelligence and data science techniques to efficiently use it in healthcare and life sciences research. Here is the summary of what we learned from them during the inspirational event that evening.

SIUConversations Katowice Session 1: How Startups Revolutionise Diagnoses and Treatments

Thinking outside the box is beneficial in all areas of science, including medicine. At our first SIUConversations event in Katowice, Poland, we welcomed Tessa Davies from Dem Dx, a clinical support tool that works as a diagnostic educational app. The app was developed for doctors by doctors and Tessa's talk inspired us to think how a startup can be revolutionary for those involved with it. 

SIUConversations Oxford Session 3: Insight into Entrepreneurship

Starting your own company AND pursuing a PhD degree? Sound impossible? Not really. At the 3rd Oxford event of the SIUConversations series, we met people who have done it and learned about how it is actually quite possible. Here is a summary of the event and what Oxford has in store for those who want to do the same.