Scheduled seminars in Biosciences are listed below. University staff and students are welcome to attend any of the seminars.


Please note that all seminars will be held online for the foreseeable future due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Topics presented represent the wide range of research interests within the departments and are presented by experts in particular areas.

Every effort is made to keep to the scheduled programme, but changes do have to be made sometimes.

Animal and Plant Sciences

  • Departmental seminars: aimed everyone in the Dept, and any staff or students outside who might be interested
  • Research Group seminars: two seminar series (Ecology, Evolution and Environment & Robert Hill Institute) usually on current research work, by both internal and external speakers.
  • Graduate Seminars: current postgraduate students presenting their own research work. Usually two shorter seminars together.

If you have any questions regarding our programme, please contact

Date Series Title Speaker Venue and time
8th February 2021 Departmental Limits of plasticity and capacity for adaptation to global warming in marine phytoplankton Gabriel Yvon-Durocher - University of Exeter 1-2pm
8th March 2021 Departmental The Annual Margaret Savigear Lectures

Professor Erika Edwards - Yale University

Professor Jess Metcalf - Princeton University

1-4pm Blackboard Collaborate
19th March 2021 Plant Science Signalling in arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis in cereals Uta Pazkowski - University of Cambridge


Blackboard Collaborate

22nd March 2021 Departmental Biological time-keeping in an urbanising world: The role of light pollution

Davide Dominoni - University of Glasgow


Blackboard Collaborate

23rd March 2021 Ecology and Conservation Fading opportunities for mitigating agriculture-environment trade-offs in a South American deforestation hotspot Dr. Elizabeth Law - Norwegian Institute for Nature Research


Google Meet

24th March 2021 Evolution, Behaviour and Genomics Polymorphic inversions and local adaptation in the marine snail Littorina saxatilis Dr Eva Koch - University of Sheffield


Google Meet

26th March 2021 Plant Science The roots of change: global change and mycorrhizal symbioses through the Phanerozoic Professor Katie Field - University of Sheffield


Blackboard Collaborate

30th March 2021 Ecology and Conservation TBC  


Google Meet

31st March 2021

Evolution, Behaviour and Genomics Symposium

Evolution of colour and thermal performance in Heliconius butterflies

Investigating the impact of facultative sex on speciation

Evolution of the sexual genome

New insights on the domestication of the watermelon crop

Evolutionary genomics in wild vertebrate populations

Dr Nic Nadeau

Isobel Eyres and Nathan White

Dr Alison Wright, Daniela Palmer, Thea Rogers and Peter Price

Dr Guillaume Chomicki

Professor Terry Burke


Google Meet

1st April 2021 Evolution, Behaviour and Genomics Symposium

What can population genomic data tell us about evolution?

Cooperation and conflict in social birds

Reproductive behaviour and physiology of birds and applications to conservation

Pan-genome variation and local adaptation in grasses

Origins and consequences of novel adaptations in plants

The evolution and mechanisms of dietary restriction and ageing

The behaviour and ecology of fish and earthworms

Evolutionary genomics in wild vertebrate populations

How do new species form?

Dr Kai Zeng

Professor Ben Hatchwell

Fay Morland (Nicola Hemmings' group)

Dr Luke Dunning

Dr Pascal-Antoine Christin

Dr Mirre Simons

Dr Penny Watt

Professor Jon Slate

Professor Roger Butlin


Google Meet

20th April 2021 Ecology and Conservation Functional, floristic and stand dynamics across Amazon forests Dr. Adriane Esquivel-Muelbert, University of Birmingham


Google Meet

21st April 2021 Evolution, Behaviour and Genomics Causes and consequences of dispersal Marion Germain, University of Sheffield


Google Meet

23rd April 2021 Plant Science  Decoding the developmental blueprint of grass stomata to decipher how form affects function

Professor Michael Raissig

University of Heidelberg


Blackboard Collaborate

7th May 2021 Plant Science Discovering resistance genes for "smart" breeding of durable defence in rice against the parasitic weed Striga hermonthica Professor Julie Scholes


Blackboard Collaborate

10th May 2021 Departmental Reproduction in the ageing male: what goes wrong? Irem Sepil, University of Oxford


Blackboard Collaborate

11th May 2021 Ecology and Conservation

Woodland creation in the Peak District: an analysis of institutional arrangements and policy outcomes

Trading species to extinction? Abundance impacts of the wildlife

Suma Mani

Oscar Morton


Google Meet

12th May 2021 Evolution, Behaviour and Genomics Thermal Ecophysiology of Heliconius butterflies along altitudinal gradients Patricio Salazar, University of Sheffield


Google Meet

17th May 2021 Departmental Insect herbivory in tropical forests - a community level perspective Sophia Gripenberg, University of Reading


Blackboard Collaborate

18th May 2021 Ecology and Conservation Winners and losers of the Anthropocene Andrew Suggitt, University of Northumbria


Google Meet

25th May 2021 Evolution, Behaviour and Genomics Understanding the evolution of shell shape in snails Jenny Larsson, University of Sheffield


Google Meet

8th June 2021 Ecology and Conservation Freshwater Diversity in Hot Water Dr Michelle Jackson, Oxford University


Google Meet

22nd June 2021 Ecology and Conservation

Leaf structural adaptations to low temperatures

Do Indigenous Lands avoid deforestation pan-tropically?

Kanyanat Kasetsuntorn, UoS

Jocelyne Sze, UoS


Google Meet

Biomedical Science

Seminars will be presented via Blackboard. Please join all sessions via the link below:

Join Blackboard sessionsIf you have any questions regarding our programme, please contact Wendy Howard. All seminars start 12pm Noon, unless stated.



Speaker / Host

Mon 8 February 2021

Sculpting the Vertebrate Heart – Multiscale Interactions between Forms, Forces and Fate

Dr Rashmi Priya, Francis Crick Institute / Dr Emily Noel

Mon 15 February 2021

Defending the fates of developing cerebral cortical cells

Prof David Price, University of Edinburgh / Prof Andy Furley

Mon 22 February 2021

Focus on the Individual; The importance of chromosome-specific biology in generating aneuploidy patterns in cancer

Dr Sarah McClelland, Barts Cancer Institute London / Dr Ivana Barbaric

Mon 1 March 2021

Contact sites between PM, ER and mitochondria: connecting EGFR signalling to cell metabolism

Dr Sara Sigismund, University of Milan / Prof Liz Smythe

Mon 15 March

Neuronal ageing: the roles and regulation of microtubules

Dr Natalia Sanchez-Soriano, University of Liverpool / Dr Stephen Brown

Mon 22 March 2021

Transgenerational small RNA inheritance in C.elegans nematodes

Professor Oded Rechavi, University of Tel Aviv / Dr Anestis Tsakiridis

Mon 29 March 2021

Differential response of the limb neuromuscular system to changes in dactyly

Dr Maëva Luxey, University of Basel / Dr Caitlin McQueen

Mon 12 April 2021

Botulinum neurotoxins: New findings on receptor binding and how they translate into innovative detection approaches

Dr Brigitte Dorner, Robert Koch Institute, Berlin/ Prof Bazbek Davletov

Mon 26 April 2021

Where do the roads of normal and tumor development converge?

Dr Sofie Mohlin, Lund University /Dr Anestis Tsakiridis

Mon 10 May 2021

Cellular senescence: A unifying biology from embryogenesis to aging

Professor Judith Campisi, Buck Institute, California / Mr Mohamed El-Ghazaly

Mon 17 May 2021

How does morphogenesis cope with cell and tissue size?

Prof Yohanns Bellaiche, Institut Curie / Dr Helen Strutt

Mon 14 June 2021

Title to be announced

Dr Maja Matis, University of Münster / Dr Natalia Bulgakova

Mon 21 June 2021

Title to be announced

Dr Shamik DasGupta, University of Bristol / Dr Andrew Lin

Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

We host, on average three or four seminars each month, usually on a Wednesday at 1pm during term.

We invite a range of guest speakers with expertise covering all areas of molecular bioscience.

All students, academics and staff are welcome to attend.

Other bioscience seminars are hosted by the Imagine: Imaging Life project and the Florey Institute.

Date Title Speaker Venue and time
TBC Upcoming seminars to be announced TBC TBC

#Inspire lecture series

The Biosciences #Inspire lecture series champions excellent scientists from minority or marginalised groups in the biosciences. Its goal is to promote discussions about the issues that impact these groups, so that we might create a more inclusive working and learning environment, where everyone feels represented.

Upcoming events

Date Title Speaker Venue and time
TBC Upcoming seminars to be announced TBC TBC

Past events

Date Title Speaker Find out more
Tues 15th June 2021 From biodiversity to biologists' diversity to celebrate Pride Month 2021. Dr Jeremy Yoder, California State University Northridge Listen again (University login needed)
Tues 16th March 2021 Breaking barriers? Ethnicity and socioeconomic background impact on early career progression to celebrate International Women's Day 2021. Professor Zenobia Lewis, the University of Liverpool Listen again (University login needed)
Tues 20th October 2021 Delivering Diversity & Inclusivity in STEM Curricula: Becoming a Student–Ready Faculty to celebrate Black History Month 2020. Professor Bugewa Apampa, Birmingham City University Listen again (University login needed)

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