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 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.
What is the future of AI? How will machines achieve learning? What is 'practopoiesis' and its new approach to AI development? These are all topics covered at the recent SIUFrankfurt event. Check out the event summary here.
Missed the SIULondon event on March 20th? Here's the event summary covering the advice from both innovators and investors to aspiring entrepreneurs.
On February 22nd 2018, SIU Frankfurt organized an event that welcomed Dr. Dana Ukropcova and Dr. Björn Rotter . Read on to find out about their biotechnology ventures- FIZ Biotechnology Innovation Center and GenXPro.
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 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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
SIU is running a writing competition in collaboration with Naturejobs!
You are an academic about to start a company. Some of the fundamental questions you need to answer are: How do you focus your efforts, research and priorities after starting a company? Where do you fit in the company that started out with your ideas? At the second Oxford session of our SIU360 education programme our three speakers answered these very questions and shared their inspiring experience with us.
The first Oxford session of the SIU360 educational series took place on October 18th, at the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. Our speaker was Prof. Chas Bountra. The talk drew a large group of attendees, who were inspired by Prof. Bountra's engaging talk on open sourcing in translational research.