SIU News

SIUOxford: From Idea to Start-up (Portable Sequencing and Self Driving Cars)

SIUOxford looked to the local start-up scene at the University of Oxford and welcomed Oxford Nanopore Technologies and Oxbotica to our recent event. What do these companies offer, what is their background story and what can we learn from their journey to today’s success?

SIUOxford: Promoting Gender Equality in Research and Innovation

Together with OxFEST and St. Anne’s College, SIUOxford welcomed three speakers to give their insights into the importance of gender equality in academic research environments. What are institutions and individuals doing to tackle this issue and is there evident progress?

SIUOxford: Building Bridges in Biotech between UK-China (Part II)

For Part II of our event series on the UK-China ecosystem for science and technology development, our speakers presented the emerging area of contract research organizations and also highlighted academic initatives such as OSCAR, a university of Oxford led facility established in Suzhou, China.

SIUOxford: Biotech Booms in China - Innovation, Intellectual Property and Investment (Part I)

SIUOxford hosted an eye-opening two part event focused on the UK-China collaboration ecosystem for science and technology. In Part I, our three invited speakers addressed why there is a good match between the UK and China and presented two examples of start-ups that have benefitted from such collaboration. Read here for more..

SIUOxford: Can Computers Replace Humans in Biological Research?

At our recent event, SIUOxford raised the question, ‘can computers replace humans in biological research?’ Three experts from academia and industry discussed computational contributions in fields such as disease diagnosis with big data, in silico drug discovery, organ simulation and biocatalyst discovery. Read here to find out more…

SIULondon: Advances in Immunotherapy- Innovations from the frontline

The new frontier of the fight against diseases such as cancer is genetic engineering of immune system cells to be better equipped to target disregulated cells. SIULondon recently hosted speakers from Cell Medica, Autolus, GSK and Cell & Gene Therapy Catapult to cover research advances in the field of immunotherapy, hurdles to bringing this treatment to the bedside and regulatory challenges. Check out the event summary here…

SIUKatowice: The Power of Poop with Prof. Ted Dinan

SIUKatowice recently hosted Prof. Ted Dinan, currently the Professor of Psychiatry and a Principal Investigator in the Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre at University College Cork. As an expert in intestinal bacteria, he presented recent findings in the field of psychobiotics- illustrating a pronouced connection between gut microbiota and host mental health. Read here to learn more…

SIUOxford Career Session: The Path to Industry

SIUOxford recently hosted their first event as part of SIU Career Sessions- a new series addressing different career paths for scientists, e.g. in industry, start-ups, and consulting. We welcomed Dr. Jan Nygaard Jensen from NovoNordisk and Dr. Ita O’Kelly from Immunocore. Read here to learn their invaluable advice for early career researchers thinking about transitioning to industry.

SIUOxford: How Innovation is Solving the Energy Crisis

SIUOxford partnered with the Oxford Energy Society to host an enlightening event on 'How Innovation is solving the Energy Crisis'. Our invited speakers, all leaders in the energy field, shared their opinion on  the democratization of energy, alternative storage solutions, fusion technology and much more. Read the full event summary here! 

SIUOxford: From Idea to Startup

SIUOxford hosted a very popular event on 12th Feb 2018. We welcomed Dr Michalis Papadakis, CEO and co-founder of Brainomix, and Lachlan MacKinnon, a principal at Oxford Sciences Innovation (a £600m fund). They shared important insights on growing a science start-up and gave expert advice on approaching the investment landscape. We give you here a must-read coverage of their advice for scientists interested in the startup scene. 

SIULondon: Bridging Frontiers in Space Medicine- Translational Science in Extreme Environments

On February 7th, 2018, SIU London welcomed two speakers from King's College London, Prof Thais Russomano &  Prof. Stephen Harridge, who both have research fields that cross on the topic of the human condition in space flight. Read here to discover what was shared on the medical challenges faced in microgravity, how these are being overcome, and the value of these studies for terrestrial medicine. 

SIUConversations Frankfurt: Academic Breakout- Alternative Careers in Biotech

On January 25th, 2018 SIU Frankfurt hosted a highly attended event on alternative careers in big pharma and biotech. Dr. Jens Atzrodt, Karin Messer and Dr. José Airas were our guest speakers, who have leading roles in R&D, Human Resources and Consultancy at Sanofi Germany and Merck respectively. Read on for their advice to early career scientists open to pursuing careers in industry...

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.