SIUKatowice: The Brain in a Nutshell
Nov
30
6:30 PM18:30

SIUKatowice: The Brain in a Nutshell

GUEST SPEAKERS: DR BERT SAKMANN, PAWEL SOLUCH, JAKUB BANIA

A3 LECTURE HALL, MEDICAL UNIVERSITY OF SILESIA (5:30 PM - 8:30 PM)

Dr. Bert Sakmann - Nobel prize co-winner in physiology for discoveries concerning the function of single ion channels in cells for which was invented the patch clamp technique, inaugural director of the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience, and head of the Research Group “Digital Neuroanatomy”.

Pawel Soluch - CEO of NeuroDevice, neuropsychologist, graduate and employee of Warsaw Medical University.

Jakub Bania - hypnotherapist you based in Krakow who uses his hypnosis as a therapeutic technique to help people change their emotions, and alter destructive habits and patterns.

The brain, a complex object, consisting of 100 billion neurons and weighing a kilogram and a half, is able to store an amount of information that has no equal. With its wealth of knowledge and experience, it is no wonder that by constantly interacting with the physical and social environment, the brain drives behavior, individual and collective choices, creating the foundation upon which is embedded the evolved methods of communication and interaction, framing the political, economic and industrial choices of our mindsets. Increasing our understanding of the brain and improving the methods to study would enable scientists to develop an alternate reality for brain pathologies, a reality opening the medical world to a plethora of diagnoses, technology, knowledge and even cure. Research will also help us find out more about normal human behaviour and mental wellbeing, and can help develop artificial intelligence. By gathering knowledge about our very own powerhouse of knowledge, we can alter our psychological, sociological, and biological realities; the implications of this continuous curiosity are astounding and ever more pressing as technology evolves. As well as treating illnesses, research could also lead to better understanding of how we learn, allowing us to optimise our own intelligence, thereby opening a gateway for an optimistic cognitive progression.

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SIUOxford: Conference: Innovation Leaders in Neurotechnology and Applied Neuroscience
Nov
23
5:00 PM17:00

SIUOxford: Conference: Innovation Leaders in Neurotechnology and Applied Neuroscience

We are very excited to bring you our first SIU conference event of the academic year! 

For Michaelmas the topic is Neurotechnology & Applied Neuroscience.

In this event we will have the opportunity to hear from three innovation leaders in this field. All three speakers have co-founded organisations that apply concepts of Applied Neuroscience directly to the consumer, whether that be for marketing, problem-solving, or therapeutic purposes. This will be a fantastic opportunity for examining the intersections of these applications in Neurotechnology.

As always, the event is free and open to the public. Anyone and everyone is welcome to attend what promises to be a very enlightening event!

There will be a networking & drinks reception after the event!

GUEST SPEAKERS: PROFESSOR CARLOS VELASCO, MAX SCOTT-SLADE, LOGAN GRAHAM

MAGDALEN COLLEGE AUDITORIUM, MAGDALEN COLLEGE, OXFORD - (5 PM - 8 PM)

Professor Carlos Velasco is an expert on multisensory marketing and a founding member of Neurosketch and Flying Fish Research

Max Scott-Slade co-founded the game studio GLITCHERS with the intention of creating products that have real purpose and make some kind of creative or technological leap.

Logan Graham will present his experience as the co-founder of RAIL, a student action lab that applies AI to large social challenges.

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SIUFrankfurt: The Human Side of AI: The Role of Artificial Intelligence In Society
Nov
20
7:00 PM19:00

SIUFrankfurt: The Human Side of AI: The Role of Artificial Intelligence In Society

In our SIU Translations event series, we discuss how scientific improvements can be translated into real-life solutions. At this event we will discuss how artificial Intelligence is transforming our society, what the current and near future applications of AI are and how humans can use these technologies more ethically and intelligently.

GUEST SPEAKERS: PROF. ROBERTO ZICARI, PROF. GREGORY WHEELER, PROF. DANKO NIKOLIC

CASINO CONFERENCE ROOM 1.811, CASINO BUILDING, CAMPUS WESTEND, NORBERT-WOLLHEIM-PLATZ 1 (7:00 PM TO 10:00 PM)

Prof. Roberto Zicari, founder of the Frankfurt Big Data Lab (Goethe University Frankfurt) - will give a talk titled: "Big Data, Data Science and The Great A.I. Awakening — Civil and Societal implications". He will address the ethical and societal implications of using Big Data and AI technologies for high stakes decision making, such as medical diagnosis, loan approvals, hiring and crime prevention.

Prof. Gregory wheeler, Professor of Theoretical Philosophy and Computer Science at the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, will address the interdisciplinary nature of AI and how the basic research from different fields is giving rise to the advances in AI research. Additionally, he will address how this research can be utilized in service of more people and improve our life quality. 

Prof. Danko Nikolic, researcher at the MPI for Brain research and FIAS research fellow, will be giving examples from his own research and more specifically, how he is applying concepts from human cognitive development research to AI development. 

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SIUKatowice: The Future Careers of Medical Students and Resident Physicians
Nov
17
5:30 PM17:30

SIUKatowice: The Future Careers of Medical Students and Resident Physicians

The role of the physician is constantly evolving just as healthcare systems are continuously being amended. Physicians, making up the bulk of the primary health work force, require an equally strong healthcare system that cares not only for its patients, but for its employees as well. With ongoing changes in political, social and economical landscapes, the healthcare system needs reactionary changes that creates a healthy relationship between the patient, the doctor and the governing authority, allowing for the doctor-patient and government-doctor relationship to be equally satisfied and strong. The establishment of this relationship is the cornerstone for future of Polish medical students and resident physicians. 

We would like to invite you to an educational discussion of this very relationship with our panelists consisting of Polish and foreign medical students, government health officials and resident physicians, who will shed light onto the current hunger strikes concerning healthcare in Poland and other controversial topics whilst standing true to the Hippocratic Oath!

There will be a networking session & drinks reception after the event!

A3 LECTURE HALL, MEDICAL UNIVERSITY OF SILESIA (5:30 PM - 7:30 PM)

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How A Bad Commercial Strategy Can Kill A Great Technology
Nov
16
6:30 PM18:30

How A Bad Commercial Strategy Can Kill A Great Technology

  • Lecture Theatre 1, London Business School (map)
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As a researcher, what does it mean to develop a commercial strategy and if the underlying technology is great (so compelling that it sells itself) do you really need one? We will discuss the ‘sad’ case of a researcher who put his all into commercialising a new technology but who - after burning through his cash had sales that ‘approximated to zero’. We are going to ask whether it was the technology, the market need or his commercial strategy that was to blame. And what he should do next. Along the way we will decompose the elements of a commercial strategy so that you can apply the same framework to yours.

Participants will be emailed some short pre-workshop material to read over 1 week in advance. Please look over this to ensure you are ready to get the most from the workshop.

GUEST SPEAKER: DR JEFF SKINNER

LECTURE THEATRE 1, LONDON BUSINESS SCHOOL, NW1 4SA (6:30 PM TO 9:30 PM)

Jeff Skinner is Director of the Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at London Business School. He actively mentors, encourages and teaches dozens of aspiring entrepreneur MBA students each year. The rest of his time is spent elsewhere in Europe working with scientists who yearn to commercialise their technology and training the technology transfer managers who guide them. Prior to this he was Commercial Director at UCL where he built and ran the spin-out, licensing, R&D collaboration and consultancy units. He holds a PhD from UCL and a MBA from LBS.

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Academia and Industry: Advancing Science and Your Career
Nov
16
6:00 PM18:00

Academia and Industry: Advancing Science and Your Career

  • Sir William Dunn School of Pathology (map)
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In this event, we will hear from three professionals who work at the crossroads of academia and industry. Speakers will demonstrate to the audience how individuals can bridge the gap between these two seemingly disparate entities and how doing so can be beneficial both for the advancement of science, and their own professional goals as well. Topics covered will be from the fields and perspectives of bioscience, physics, and business.

As always, this event is free and everyone is welcome!

GUEST SPEAKERS: PROF CHAS BOUNTRA, DR MARK RICHARDS, DR MELISSA BRERETON

EPA SEMINAR ROOM, SIR WILLIAM DUNN SCHOOL OF PATHOLOGY, SOUTH PARKS RD, OX1 3RE - (6:00 PM TO 9.00PM)

Chas Bountra is a Professor of Translational Medicine at Oxford University. He was voted "one of the top innovators in the industry".

Dr Mark Richards is a Senior Lecturer at the Physics Department of Imperial College, London and a Co-Founder of Duvas Technologies. 

Dr Melissa Brereton is a medical writer at NextGenCommunications.

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Labstep: Building A Start-up To Help The Research Community
Nov
13
1:00 PM13:00

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

In this talk, CEO of Labstep Jake Schofield will detail his entrepreneurial journey and how he expanded his platform to where it is today. This will be a great opportunity to learn how to formulate and actualize an idea that meets a need that is currently unsatisfied in the target demographic’s space. Jake will also speak to company fundraising and how he built his team using the resources available within Oxford.

Labstep Ltd is an online tool used by more than 350 universities worldwide that lets you create a personal or shared timeline with your lab group to track your experimental progress in the lab. You can write updates of your experiments and attach results to keep an accurate record of your work. Labstep allows you to create a library of your experimental methods onto a protocol playlist. You can easily run any of your protocols and make edits to them whenever you make a slight modification to increase reproducibility.

As always, this event is free and everyone is welcome!

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Self-Driving Cars: Deep Learning, Computer Vision & Sensor Fusion
Oct
26
6:00 PM18:00

Self-Driving Cars: Deep Learning, Computer Vision & Sensor Fusion

  • Goethe University | PEG 1.G192, Theodor-W. Adorno-Platz 6 Frankfurt Germany (map)
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A Workshop by Peter Skvarenina

This workshop is an overview of underlying cutting-edge concepts currently employed in the field of self-driving cars. The intent is to present actionable concepts, providing implementation hints and pointers to allow one to program a basic self-driving car on their own. Everyone is welcome to attend, however this is an advanced course and one should have a basic understanding of programing and math. 

About the speaker: Peter Skvarenina specializes in advanced algorithms, machine learning and robotics. He currently runs his own machine learning and automation company, is a graduate student at Georgia Institute of Technology and a soon-to-be graduate of Udacity's self-driving car Nanodegree. Peter has previously worked with well known companies such as JetBrains (makers of IntelliJ IDEA/Kotlin), Nokia, and SUN Microsystems (makers of Java).

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The Rise of Artificial Intelligence
Oct
12
5:30 PM17:30

The Rise of Artificial Intelligence

Programme
17:30 – 17:45 Introduction to Science Innovation Union (SIU)
17:45 – 18:00 Speaker 1: Dr. Krysztof Jakubczak, An experienced R&D engineer and optoelectronics domain manager
18:00 – 18:15 Speaker 2: Dr. Zbiniew Nawrat, Theoretical physicist, director of Institute of Heart Prostheses
18:15 – 18:30 Speaker 3: Mr. Piotr Krajewski, CEO and owner of Cancer Center AI helping to improve cancer diagnoses
18:30 – 18:45 Speaker 4: Dr. Oskar Kiwic, CEO and startup owner of CardioCube, a medical artificial intelligence company designed to optimize patients therapy treatments
18:45 – 19:15 Q&A and panel discussion

19:15 onwards there will be drinks and small bites in the foyer outside the A3 Conference Hall

GUEST SPEAKERS: DR KRYSZTOF JAKUBCZAK, DR ZBINIEW NAWRAT, PIOTR KRAJEWSKI, DR OSKAR KIWIC

A3 LECTURE HALL, MEDICAL UNIVERSITY OF SILESIA (5:30 PM - 9:00 PM)
 

Dr Jakubczak graduated from the Institute of Optoelectronics of the Military University of Technology in Warsaw (MSc) and Czech Technical University in Prague (PhD).  He is an experienced R&D engineer and manager in the optoelectronics domain. He worked as a Deputy Project Manager at new R&D HiLASE Center in Czech Republic on innovative laser technologies for industry and as an Operations Director for the National Center for Research and Development. He cooperates with LaserLab Europe, MIT Enterprise Forum Poland, Polish Standardization Committee, investors and technological innovators.

Dr. Nawrat is a theoretical physicist, who devoted his professional life to advance the field of medical robotics and artificial organs. He pioneered research in artificial organs domain, especially heart valve prostheses and blood pumps (POLVAD) and created the Robin Heart surgical robot - first Polish and European telemanipulator for heart surgery. He developed the application of computer simulation in surgical planning and founded the International Society for Medical Robotics. He works in Medical University of Silesia Department of Cardiosurgery and Transplantology, Foundation of Cardiac Surgery Development as a director of Institute of Heart Prostheses and is a member of Biomechanics and Biomaterials sections of Polish Academy of Sciences.

Mr. Krajewski has his masters in Computer Science and Electronics from the Technical University of Wroclaw. He has shown that he can turn dreams into concrete projects with his personal story prompting him to set up CancerCenter.AI, which aims to improve the diagnosis of cancer. He does his own business (Stermedia.eu), and is involved in projects in the field of science and business. 

Dr. Kiwic is a young inventor and future doctor, who believes in the power of technology and medicine. In addition to his medical degree, he also has an additional qualification in neuroscience in which he obtained from the University of Glasgow. For the last couple of years he has been developing products in healthcare. Now he runs CardioCube, a game-changing medical artificial intelligence company helping cardiac patients

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Frankfurt Session 6: From Experimentation to Eco-Innovation: How to Start a Start-Up
Jun
28
7:00 PM19:00

Frankfurt Session 6: From Experimentation to Eco-Innovation: How to Start a Start-Up

In this session SIU members will learn how they can translate an innovative technology emerged from their academic research into a successful start-up company.

They will get a deep insight into the skills needed to start a business, how to set the business plan, how to find initial funding and how all this is possible while doing your PhD.

 

Our guest speakers are Dipl.-Ing. Sascha Knauer and Dr.-Ing. Christina Uth.

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Cambridge Session 5: The Not So Basic Side of Basic Science
Jun
13
7:00 PM19:00

Cambridge Session 5: The Not So Basic Side of Basic Science

  • University of Cambridge Judge Business School (map)
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Nowadays, considerable resources are invested into basic science but the question arises of whether it efficiently leads to the development of new therapies and can justify its cost in comparison to clinical, translational research. Following a recession, Brexit, Donald Trump and a snap general election, the government and how it behaves has never been under such scrutiny by the general public. As such, funding the endeavours of an ivory tower scientist becomes less and less of a priority, whilst the need for life saving treatments is only increasing. What is the route of the next big discovery? Will academia, with its track record of sparking world changing discoveries lead to the development of new drugs, therapies and devices, or will clinical, translational research take the crown (and the funding)? Join us on June 13th at the Judge Business school, University of Cambridge, for what promises to be a lively discussion between four different fields each invested in this question.

GUEST SPEAKERS: BEN BLEASDALE, PETER HISCOCKS, TAMZIN BYRNE

UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE JUDGE BUSINESS SCHOOL (7-9 PM)

Ben Bleasdale is currently a Senior Policy officer at Wellcome Trust. He obtained his PhD in Virology at Imperial College London, before finding himself in the position of Policy Officer at the Academy of Medical Sciences.

Peter Hiscocks is the CEO of Cambridge Judge Business School Executive Education, as well as a lecturer in entrepreneurship and innovation management. He was also the Director of Cambridge Enterprise as well as the first Director of the Cambridge Entrepreneurship Centre. In the past he spent a number of years in the private sector working in product development in large companies before starting his own businesses, a few of which have been very successful and sold. He is also the Chairman of a £20 million seed-fund that helps fund new business start-ups and is on the advisory boards of a large venture capital company.

Tamzin Byrne is the Programme Coordinator of Cambridge Social Ventures. With a background in journalism and science communication, she has written about everything from the God particle to stem cells for universities, government agencies, international research centres and start-ups.

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SIUFocus London: Brexit - The Divorce Battle over Life Sciences and Funding
Jun
8
7:00 PM19:00

SIUFocus London: Brexit - The Divorce Battle over Life Sciences and Funding

  • LGS, Imperial College Business School, South Kensington Campus (map)
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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. 

Despite the constant reassurance from academia and industry about scientists’ current status, scientists are worried about what would happen to their jobs and funding after the UK officially leaves the EU in 2019. Will the scientific sector in the UK suffer from less funding from Europe? Will scientists in the EU and abroad flock to other countries such as France or Germany? What type of incentive system should the UK set up in order to continue to attract the greatest minds from around the world?

These are a few of a multitude of questions that will be addressed during this session to understand the direction Brexit will take science in the UK.

GUEST SPEAKERS: BETH THOMPSON, KIMBERLY CORNFIELD, MICHAEL BROWNE

LGS, Imperial College Business School, South Kensington Campus, London, SW7 2AZ

The event will proceed as follows:
19:00-19:20 Beth Thompson, Policy Adviser, Wellcome Trust
19:20-19:40 Kimberly Cornfield, Head of Proposal Management, University College London
19:40-20:00 Michael Browne, Head of European Research & Innovation, University College London
20:00-20:20 Q&A and panel discussion

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Frankfurt Session 5: Brain on, dude! Working at the interface of science, communication and media.
Jun
7
7:00 PM19:00

Frankfurt Session 5: Brain on, dude! Working at the interface of science, communication and media.

Welcome to SIUConversations! In our speaker series we invite renowned experts from various fields of industry and academia, who will share insides into their personal career trajectories. Our aim is to inform students and early researchers (PhD, PostDocs) of diverse career possibilities through the examples of our speakers. After each talk, the audience will have the chance to get to know the speakers and organizers in an informal wine and cheese setting.

Our speaker for this event will be Dr. Henning Beck.
Henning Beck started his doctorate at the Hertie Institute for Clinical Brain Research in Tübingen in 2008 and finished it at the Institute of Physiological Chemistry at the University of Ulm eventually receiving his PhD from the Graduate School of Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience in Tübingen. Not long after finishing his doctorate, Dr. Beck also completed his international Diploma in Project Management at the University of California Berkeley.

Since 2011, he has been traveling Germany as a "Science Slammer" eventually going on to win the German Nationals for his lecture on “Speed up your mind”. Dr. Beck continues to give lectures, workshops, and performances in which he breaks down the complicated issues of neuroscience in an understandable and entertaining manner to audiences around Germany. Dr. Beck is a regular contributor to GEO-Magazine and Wirtschaftswoche where he comments on the newest trends in brain science.

Additionally, he has authored multiple books in which he explains complicated issues in an understandable and engaging way. In his latest book, published earlier this year, "Irren ist nützlich. Warum die Schwächen des Gehirns unsere Stärken sind", he discusses why we are so often distracted, find it difficult to concentrate, or easily forget things. More importantly, he tells us why these supposed deficiencies may not be such a problem at all. Dr. Beck has been able to artfully explain complicated science to a wider audience in his TEDxTalk, contributions to Wired-magazine or SWR-television.

To find out more about Dr. Beck's latest book, as well as what is like to transition from the world of academia to a successful speaker and author join us at the SIU seminar series.

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Frankfurt Session 4: Take the next step: How to thrive outside of academia with your scientific background
May
31
7:00 PM19:00

Frankfurt Session 4: Take the next step: How to thrive outside of academia with your scientific background

Welcome to SIUConversations! In our speaker series we invite renowned experts from various fields of industry and academia, who will share insides into their personal career trajectories. Our aim is to inform students and early researchers (PhD, PostDocs) of diverse career possibilities through the examples of our speakers. After each talk, the audience will have the chance to get to know the speakers and organizers in an informal wine and cheese setting.

Our speaker for this event will be Dr. Patrick Britz.
Are you considering starting a company or working for an existing company with the skills you gained during your PhD?

If yes, come and join this exciting session to listen to Patrick Britz who turned the company Brain Vision into a leading distributor for neuroimaging equipment and a reliable partner for many research labs around the world.

In this talk he will share his own success path with us by giving valuable information on:

-        How to prepare yourself for a career outside of academia

-        What to pay attention to when you are applying for a job

-        How to use your scientific knowledge to create a company

-        What are the highs, lows and mistakes of creating a company in the research market

Patrick is the CEO & President of Brain Vision LLC and the Marketing Director at Brain Products GmbH. He also holds a PhD degree in Biopsychology. During his PhD, he started working for Brain Vision as a scientific consultant and not long afterwards was promoted to President of Brain Vision thanks to his problem-solving skills and commitment to providing solutions to Neuroscientists. 

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Frankfurt Session 3: How I plan to revolutionise artificial intelligence by capitalising on decades of scientific research
May
17
7:00 PM19:00

Frankfurt Session 3: How I plan to revolutionise artificial intelligence by capitalising on decades of scientific research

You like doing research, but how about applications? Is it possible to do both at the same time? In this talk you can learn from an expert who achieved this already. Come and join us to learn from Prof. Christoph von der Malsburg.

GUEST SPEAKER: DR. CHRISTOPH VON DER MALSBURG

GOETHE UNIVERSITY | PEG 1.G192, THEODOR-W. ADORNO-PLATZ 6 (7:00 PM TO 9:00 PM)

Dr. Christoph von der Malsburg is Senior Fellow at the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS) since 2007. He received his PhD in physics from the University of Heidelberg, Germany, and CERN in Geneva. Subsequently, he joined the section of Neurobiology of the Max-Planck-Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen, before becoming Professor of Computer Science, Neuroscience, Physics and Psychology at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

Eventually, Professor von der Malsburg returned to Germany as a Professor of Systems Biophysics at the Ruhr University Bochum where he founded the Institut für Neuroinformatik together with Werner von Seelen. In 1997, he co-founded the company ZN Vision, which develops face recognition technology now under the name L 1 Identity Solutions AG in Bochum, and the company Eyematic, the core of which is now part of Google.

Among a number of prestigious awards (IEEE Pioneer Award 1994, Beckurts Foundation Award 1998, Hebb Award 2003), Professor von der Malsburg received the Körber European Science Prize in 2000 for his innovative contributions to the perception of shape in technology with insights from nature. He is a renowned pioneer in his field, studying the processes of self-organisation in the visual system and the creator of the Dynamic Link Architecture. He recently founded the company Platonite.

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Oxford Session 4: Meet the CEO
May
15
5:30 PM17:30

Oxford Session 4: Meet the CEO

Come join this exciting session to meet three Oxford alumni and early career researchers who turned their brilliant concepts into reality. These entrepreneurs will each share their stories about how they developed their ideas and turned them into successful businesses. After a series of short flash presentations from each CEO, the session will move on to a panel discussion, where you can ask your own specific questions to the panellists. Come and find out how to progress your career from a student to CEO.

GUEST SPEAKERS: RIHAM SATTI, EKATERINA DAMER AND JOHN STUART

NEW BIOCHEMISTRY BUILDING, SOUTH PARKS RD, OX1 3QU - (5:30PM TO 7.30PM)

Riham Satti CEO of MeVitae, an AI decision-making platform in the human capital sector, is amongst the top disruptive game changers in Thames Valley and top tech business leaders. She works with some of the most innovative tech companies around the world.

Ekaterina Damer is the CEO of Prolific. In her own words: "Prolific is the most fun, fair, and efficient participant recruitment platform for scientists and startups. We've bootstrapped our startup to £1M in sales with zero marketing spend and without having raised investment (yet)". 

John Stuart is the founder and CEO of Bounts Limited. Bounts is a digital health platform that aims to motivate people to keep committed to a healthy life. After 6 years and £1.5m investment, John has been through all the highs, lows and mistakes of creating a company from scratch.

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Frankfurt Session 2: ‚We‘: The social identity approach to effective leadership
May
10
7:00 PM19:00

Frankfurt Session 2: ‚We‘: The social identity approach to effective leadership

Want to learn how to be a leader and how to manage people while working in groups? These are the skills you should have as a researcher and we have the best tips for you from an expert in the field! Join us and learn from Prof. Rolf Van Dick.
During his talk in the SIU seminar series Prof Van Dick hopes to present insights about identity and leadership as well as his own experiences working with companies.

GUEST SPEAKER: PROFESSOR ROLF VAN DICK

GOETHE UNIVERSITY | PEG 1.G192, THEODOR-W. ADORNO-PLATZ 6 (7:00 PM TO 9:00 PM)

Professor van Dick started his psychology career at Philipps-University Marburg where he earned his PhD under the supervision of Ulrich Wagner. Following his time in Marburg, Professor van Dick became first a senior lecturer and eventually a full professor at Aston University in Birmingham, England.

In 2006, he returned to Germany as the chair for Social Psychology at the Goethe-University. Additionally, he has been a visiting professor at several universities across the world and as of 2016 he holds and additional professorship at the Work Research Institute in Oslo, Norway. Rolf van Dick is co-founder and Scientific Director of the Center for Leadership and Behavior in Organizations (CLBO) at Goethe University.

He is an internationally renowned expert for inter- and intra- group processes, identity, diversity, and leadership.He has also worked on such topics as stress and job satisfaction. Professor van Dick, is not only a profound researcher, but also well-loved among the Frankfurt psychology students as a two-time winner of the YAVIS award for outstanding teaching. 

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Cambridge Session 4: Meet the Founder, Pitch Perfect
Apr
28
10:30 PM22:30

Cambridge Session 4: Meet the Founder, Pitch Perfect

Come listen to pitch-structured presentations by successful biomedical start-ups based in Cambridge. These companies are excited to share how they managed to launch a business from a scientific idea and will discuss their background, current project and future directions.

GUEST SPEAKERS: SIMON LAMBDEN, SU METCALFE, ATTILA CSORDAS, PORTIA ASLI 

DEPARTMENT OF ENGINEERING, UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE (7-9 PM)

Dr Simon Lambden is part of the academic intensive care team of the University. He will present his experience in launching and securing funding for his new start-up based on a new treatment for sepsis, a life threatening condition that arises when the body’s response to infection causes injury to its own tissues. He will address the issue of convincing private sector funders to invest in a novel idea.

Su Metcalfe is the founder and CSO of LifNano Therapeutics. LIFNanoRx is a nano-bio-med company focused on treatment of Multiple Sclerosis (MS), an auto-immune inflammatory disease of the central nervous system. Using a critical stem cell factor with unique biological properties alongside nanoparticle technology, they present a new approach to the treatment of MS.

Attila Csordas is the founder AgeCurve, a startup with a vision to provide deep molecular age profiles for every grown-up. They believe that the complexity of ageing can be captured reliably by detecting molecular patterns and analysing big chunks of people’s proteome from saliva, to learn and to assess lifestyle interventions.

Portia Asli is the chief commercial officer of Vocalens, a Cambridge University spin-out startup co-founded by Cambridge engineers and MBAs, developing smart wearable assistive technology for people with visual impairment.

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The Power of Big Data: Advancing Healthcare in the Electronic Era
Apr
27
6:30 PM18:30

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

  • JZ Young Lecture Theatre Anatomy Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The field of computational biology has seen dramatic growth over the past few years. The significant advances in computing power are now being used to conduct data analytics, mathematical modelling and computational simulation, for an ever-increasingly diverse set of problems. With applications in genomics, neuroscience and medicine, we look to gain an understanding of its future implications with the emergence of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning and how this will disrupt and revolutionise both medicine and healthcare.

Program:

- 18:40-19:00 Speaker 1: Victor Dillard, COO, Desktop Genetics

- 19:00-19:20 Speaker 2: Alex Gutteridge, Director, Computational Biology GSK

- 19:20-19:40 Speaker 3: Dr. Parashkev Nachev, Senior Clinical Research, Inst. of Neurology

- 19:40-20:20 Q&A and panel discussion

- 20:20-21:00 Drinks and nibbles. Location: Malet Place, Engineering Building 1.20

 

Alex Gutteridge is a Director in the GSK Computational Biology group with responsibility for coordinating Computational Biology Neuroscience research. Alex has 7 years of experience as a Senior Scientist and Principal Scientist within the pharmaceutical industry. His current research focuses on modelling Human disease for drug discovery using informatics and genomics.

 

Dr. Parashkev Nachev is a Senior Clinical Research Associate at the Institute of Neurology and an honorary Consultant Neurologist at the National Hospital, Queen Square, London. His research deals primarily with translational aspects of cognitive and behavioural neurology, in particular with the development of novel methodology for distributed investigational and therapeutic devices.

 

Victor Dillard is Chief Operating Officer and Cofounder of Desktop Genetics. Desktop Genetics have raised $3.2 million to build A.I. that helps discover and treat the genetic causes of disease, by re-engineering the human genome. The founders sought to use CRISPR genome editing for research and clinical medicine with their London-based startup working at the intersection of tech and biotech.

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Frankfurt Session 1: Academia's bittersweet box of chocolates: (Tr)eat with caution!
Apr
19
7:00 PM19:00

Frankfurt Session 1: Academia's bittersweet box of chocolates: (Tr)eat with caution!

Do you want to hear some insider tips on how to become a professor at a young age? Come and join our first SIU session in Frankfurt and get some advice from Prof Melissa Vo. 

Professor Vo will share with SIU members how she managed to become a successful scientist, what she sees as difficulties in that carrier choice and how to handle them, while maintaining the ever illusive life-work balance.

GUEST SPEAKER: PROFESSOR MELISSA VO

GOETHE UNIVERSITY | PEG 1.G192, THEODOR-W. ADORNO-PLATZ 6 (7:00 PM TO 9:00 PM)

Melissa Vo is the head of the Scene Grammar Lab at the Goethe University. Before becoming a professor in Frankfurt, she earned her PhD in Psychology from LMU in her home town of Munich. After her PhD she went on to work at the University of Edinburgh and Harvard University. During her whole carrier she has been maintaining a keen interest in visual cognition and particularly scene perception.

After her time at Harvard University, Professor Vo received the coveted Emmy Noether Grant from the German Research Foundation. In 2014 she returned to Germany as a professor in Cognitive Psychology at Goethe University Frankfurt as the youngest professor in the department. In her first year in Frankfurt she was awarded the YAVIS award for outstanding teaching. Additionally, she is an active member of SciMento – a mentoring program targeted at talented female PhD students and postdocs from 5 universities in Hessen.

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Alternative Careers: A Panel Discussion with Naturejobs
Apr
10
5:00 PM17:00

Alternative Careers: A Panel Discussion with Naturejobs

Science Innovation Union is pleased to welcome Naturejobs editor Jack Leeming for a panel discussion that will focus on alternative careers for scientists. The key points of this interactive session will be the current career trends for scientists in the UK, a comparison of these trends with the rest of the developed world, the ability of scientists to translate their own ideas into independent careers in industry and academia and the risks and advantages to be aware of when making decisions.

One of Jack's main duties at Nature Publishing Group is running the Naturejobs blog. The blog aims to be the leading online resource for scientists in academia and industry who seek guidance in developing their careers.  It delivers a mix of expert advice with personal stories to help readers review, set and achieve their career goals.

The event will also include the awards ceremony for the writing competition SIU held in partnership with Naturejobs and finish with a drinks and networking session. 

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London Session 4: Taking Ownership of Your Big Idea: How to Get a Patent
Mar
23
6:30 PM18:30

London Session 4: Taking Ownership of Your Big Idea: How to Get a Patent

In biotech, like in many sectors, patents are used to increase the potential return of an investment, defend an idea from competitors and bring benefit to a business. In the final session of the Spring 2017 series, our speaker will introduce what an IP is, how to obtain them, and how businesses in the biotech sphere can use them to maximum effect.

GUEST SPEAKER: LUCY WILLIAMS

CHANDLER HOUSE, 2 WAKEFIELD STREET, LONDON WC1N 1PF (6.30PM TO 8PM)

Dr. Lucy Williams, European Patent Attorney, J A Kemp

After obtaining her PhD in developmental biology from University of Cambridge, Lucy decided to become a patent attorney. She chose J A Kemp because of the size and diversity of the firm itself and its Biotechnology and Life Sciences Group.  

As a patent attorney Lucy has a variety of roles. Some of her responsibilities include acting as an intermediary between clients and patent examiners, patent prosecution and drafting new applications and oppositions. 

https://www.linkedin.com/in/lucy-williams-41367133/

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Oxford Session 4: Meet the CEO
Mar
21
6:00 PM18:00

Oxford Session 4: Meet the CEO

Come join this exciting session to meet three Oxford alumni and early career researchers who turned their brilliant concepts into reality. These three entrepreneurs will each share their stories about how they developed their ideas and turned them into successful businesses. After a series of short flash presentations from each CEO, the session will move on to a panel discussion, where you can ask your own specific questions to the panellists. Come and find out how to progress your career from a student to CEO.

GUEST SPEAKERS: CATHERINE BOTTRILL, EKATERINA DAMER AND JOHN STUART

NEW BIOCHEMISTRY BUILDING, SOUTH PARKS RD, OX1 3QU - (6PM TO 8.00PM)

Catherine Bottrill is founder and CEO of Pilio, an energy analytic software-as-a-service company. Pilio brings cutting-edge energy analytics and innovation to those with responsibility for reducing energy use in buildings. Pilio's clients include: Royal Albert Hall, St. Paul's Cathedral, Whitbread, YMCA and Scottish Power. Pilio was named virtual company of the year at Imperial College Innovation when in the Climate-KIC programme. Catherine was one of 12 women on the 2016 Angel Academe for women in tech supported by the City of London.

Ekaterina Damer is the CEO and co-founder of Prolific Academic Ltd. In Ekaterina's words: "Prolific is the most fun, fair and efficient participant recruitment platform for scientists and startups. We've bootstrapped our startup to £1 million in sales with zero marketing spend and without having raised investment (yet)."

https://www.linkedin.com/in/ekaterina-damer-7158263a/

John Stuart is the founder and CEO of Bounts Limited. Bounts is a digital health platform that aims to motivate people to keep committed to a healthy life. After 6 years and £1.5m investment, John has been through all the highs, lows and mistakes of creating a company from scratch.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/johnkstuart/

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Katowice Session 1: How Startups Can Revolutionise Diagnoses and Treatments
Mar
21
5:30 PM17:30

Katowice Session 1: How Startups Can Revolutionise Diagnoses and Treatments

As a student or a healthcare professional, do you feel that you  often get lost in the patient's history and struggle for differential diagnosis?
This session will aim to educate on how academia and the healthcare industry can combine to translate knowledge from the patient's history into a probable diagnosis using a clinical support tool. This will be an interactive session, looking at medical case studies and solving problems. Attendees will also be able to explore the possible career options in medicine with a Q&A session. Entrance is free, however to be in the chance of winning a stethoscope from a random draw, raffle tickets can be purchased at 1zl each. Light refreshments will be provided.

GUEST SPEAKER: Dr. Tessa Davis, Clinical Fellow at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, NHS Foundation Trust

A3 lecture hall, Medical University of Silesia (5:30 PM - 7:00 PM)

Dr. Tessa Davis is a Paediatrician specialising in Paediatric Emergency Medicine. She creates and delivers online learning resources for healthcare professionals. Tessa is passionate about the use of social networks and technology to improve patient care. She is a media commentator for child health issues and speaks about paediatrics and technology at conferences all over the world. Tessa is currently working in London.

In 2015 Tessa won the NSW Minister for Health Registrar of the Year Award.

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London Session 3: ACADEMIA AND BIOTECH: THE ENTREPRENEURIAL SCIENTIST
Mar
13
6:00 PM18:00

London Session 3: ACADEMIA AND BIOTECH: THE ENTREPRENEURIAL SCIENTIST

In this talk participants will learn how they can spin out their research into a biotech company without having to leave their academic research behind.

Professor Hans Stauss, Director, Institute of Immunity and Transplantation, UCL.

Professor Hans Stauss was an early trail blazer in the field of cancer immunotherapy demonstrating how modified T cells could be used to effectively target tumours. Recognising the medical potential of this research Hans was involved in setting up Cell Medica which is now advancing an impressive pallet of innovative proprietary technologies in the field of immune cell therapy for cancer and viral infections. Meanwhile Hans continues to turn out cutting edge research and is involved in a number of clinical trials.

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Oxford Session 3: Insight into Entrepreneurship
Mar
13
5:30 PM17:30

Oxford Session 3: Insight into Entrepreneurship

Leah Thompson is the curator of Enterprising Oxford, which aims to signpost you to everything Oxford offers in supporting students and staff to become more entrepreneurial. Leah will explore and highlight some of the opportunities for engaging at any point along your journey to be an entrepreneur. Anne Miller will share her experiences in running the MPLS Enterprise programme, which provides all sorts of training and networking activities that increase researchers enterprise skills. They will be joined by successful entrepreneurs who have benefitted from engaging in these programmes.  Come and help us to understand what else would help to create a really vibrant and thriving Entrepreneurial culture here throughout Oxford.

GUEST SPEAKERS: LEAH THOMPSON, ANNE MILLER

NEW BIOCHEMISTRY BUILDING, SOUTH PARKS RD, OX1 3QU - (5:30 PM TO 7.30PM)

 

 

 

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London Session 2: Using Your Bioscience Skills to Impact Policy Decisions
Mar
2
6:30 PM18:30

London Session 2: Using Your Bioscience Skills to Impact Policy Decisions

  • Room 802, UCL IOE (Institute of Education) (map)
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This talk will focus on using your knowledge in research to the advantage of the public by affecting policies. Particularly, the focus will be on what skills you have achieved in your bioscience studies that are required by governments to help them implement policies. Attendees will thus explore the possible career options available in policy making, and how research is often used in the process of policy making in order to form them with a knowledge and evidence based background.

GUEST SPEAKER: ALESSANDRO ALLEGRA

Room 802, UCL IOE (Institute of Education), 20 Bedford Way, WC1H 0AL - (6.30PM TO 8PM)

After graduating in History and Philosophy of Science from the London School of Economics, Alessandro has worked in UK and international science policy at the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), the Royal Society, and the Royal Society of Biology.

Alessandro is currently pursuing doctoral research at UCL on the use of scientific evidence in policymaking, and collaborates with national and international science policy organisations on a number of projects. He is a board member and Secretary of Association of Italian Scientists in UK (AIS-UK).

https://www.linkedin.com/in/alessandro-allegra-12a6134a/

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Oxford Session 2: Inspiring Innovation: Bringing Academia and Industry Together at the Royal Society
Mar
1
6:00 PM18:00

Oxford Session 2: Inspiring Innovation: Bringing Academia and Industry Together at the Royal Society

We are very happy and excited to welcome Dr Katy Gearing and Dr Alasdair Taylor of the Royal Society to Oxford and the SIU. Katy and Alasdair are doing great work in the area of science innovation and entrepreneurship, and will be running a focus group with a small group of students (see below for details) and giving a talk that is open for all SIU members to attend.

The Royal Society’s Science, Industry and Translation programme aims to reinvigorate the links between the Society and industry, and promote the importance of translating research into new products, processes and companies with societal and economic impacts. In this talk, Katy and Alasdair will describe some of the Society’s current work and the insights it has given them into technology transfer, entrepreneurship, emerging technologies and science careers in industry and academia. Looking back at their own experiences, they will also share with us the opportunities and challenges around university-business collaboration and technology transfer. 

GUEST SPEAKERS: DR ALASDAIR TAYLOR & DR KATY GEARING

NEW BIOCHEMISTRY BUILDING, SOUTH PARKS RD, OX1 3QU - (6PM TO 7.30PM, FOCUS GROUP 5PM-5.55PM)

 

 

 

Dr Alasdair Taylor is Industry Programme Manager at the Royal Society. He has a research background in green chemistry, and has worked on collaborative projects between businesses and academics in the areas of energy storage, sustainable chemical engineering and food science. At the Royal Society, Alasdair is leading work focused on translation and developing an entrepreneurial mindset among scientists.  He is also Chair of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Early Career Network.

https://uk.linkedin.com/in/alasdair-taylor-57a84125

Twitter: @AWTaylor8

Dr Katy Gearing studied biochemistry at St Catherine’s College, Oxford, graduating with a PhD in 1989. She has since worked extensively in industry in the fields of biotechnology and pharmaceuticals. She joined the Royal Society in 2016 as Head of Industry Engagement and is leading on growing the Society’s links with industry.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/katy-gearing-251888105

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London Session 1: WHAT IT TAKES TO MAKE YOUR STARTUP A SUCCESS
Feb
23
6:30 PM18:30

London Session 1: WHAT IT TAKES TO MAKE YOUR STARTUP A SUCCESS

  • John Hanbury Lecture Theatre | UCL School of Pharmacy (map)
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Session 1: In this session participants will learn how to act on your great idea and build your business. Participants will leave knowing where to start and how to establish your first steps towards success. Crucial steps such as selection of a team, investigation of the potential associated risks and critical analysis of your business model will be covered.

Guest Speaker: Simon Bennett (Consultant)

Dr. Simon Bennett is an independent consultant with over 20 years of biotech industry experience. He mentors and advises early-stage businesses and management teams, and has senior management experience from start-up through to IPO and trade sale. Simon currently manages the portfolios of around 10 companies and is board director of MitoDys Therapeutics and colwiz.

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