Science

Digitising Chemistry: A Handy Chemical Calculator for the Organic Chemist

“Digitising chemistry — transforming chemistry into code to make it recordable, reproducible, and shareable — is not about replacing the organic chemist; it’s about giving them a handy chemical calculator. “ Find out here about the promising potential for automation in chemistry research.

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.

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.

Nanomedicine: A Look At Applications, Commercialisation and Featured Company MagForce

At their minuscule sizes of billionths of a metre, nanoparticles and their use in medicine brings about the field of nanomedicine, a field that carries a potential that is everything but minuscule. Read on to find out just what nanomedicine means and why it's of 'giga' importance.

A Candidate For A Zika Virus Vaccine Passes Mice Trials. What’s Next?

Vaccination is the answer to tackle many diseases and the ongoing effort to prevent Zika virus infections is advancing. The Zika virus vaccine that was recently developed in mouse models raised hopes. So, how close are we to have a vaccine that will work in humans? Find out in this article.

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.

Academic-Industrial Collaboration: How To Make It Work

Progress in modern scientific research is accomplished primarily by collaborative teamwork. In this piece that got shortlisted for the SIU-Naturejobs writing competition, University of Oxford PhD student Sofia D'Abrantes discusses the advantages of academic-industrial collaborations, her advice to foment successful partnerships and what you can do to encourage them.

Leaving Academia: It’s Okay, and Here is Why

In this next shortlisted piece from the SIU-Naturejobs writing competition, our Frankfurt division editorial lead Dejan Draschkow brings us his thoughts on leaving academia and why it's quite OK to do so because it doesn't have to mean steering away from what you love doing as a scientist. Read on for very useful tips on how to carry on outside of academia after your PhD.

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.

Brain Electric

Changes in the electrical activity of the nervous system cause debilitating symptoms in patients who suffer from chronic pain and neurological diseases like Parkinson's. Electrical stimulation of the nervous system is a very promising method to overcome these symptoms. In this SIU article we discuss how and why electrostimulation holds so much potential. 

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. 

Thinking (Truly) Outside The Box: Crowdfunding Meets a Biotech Startup

Thinking outside the box is a daily practice for all scientists whatever path they take. Starting their own company is no exception and in this article we bring you the interview we conducted with Dr Zografos who stepped outside of the box even further than in a typical scenario: Bringing a research idea out of an academic lab combined with crowdfunding to get a company started. Read on for an inspiring story. 

3D Food Printers: Gourmet Gizmo or Game-Changer?

In the last article of the SIU 'Sustainable Food' series we are bringing you 3D food printers. Some use already existing food to make new ones, some use individual nutrients and mould them into food and some even help grow plants! How sustainable is it to print food though? Can it be used in everyday life? What benefits does it bring? Read about the latest food printing debate of the 21st century in this intriguing article. 

Bringing Farms to Cities

In the second part of our 'Sustainable Food' series, we bring you all you need to know about urban agriculture. In this exciting article we talk about what entrepreneurs are doing to bring farming to our doorstep in cities around the world (Herbs grown in air raid shelters anyone?), how the latest technologies are used to make it possible and how sustainable the new urban approaches to farming are. 

SIU360 Oxford Session 4: Fates of Successfully Translated Technologies

Timing and the right people are everything when it comes to translating your science into a business. Brian Graves from Imperial Innovations joined us for the 4th session of the SIU360-Oxford and told us about the strategies for selecting the right customer, the right partners and the right avenues to be successful in translation of science into business.