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.
Date Series Title Speaker Venue and time
16th November Departmental TBC Sam Giles - University of Birmingham TBC
8th February 2021 Departmental Limits of plasticity and capacity for adaptation to global warming in marine phytoplankton Gabriel Yvon-Durocher - University of Exeter 1.00pm TBC
8th March 2021 Departmental The Annual Margaret Savigear Lectures

Professor Erika Edwards - Yale University

Professor Jess Metcalf - Princeton University

1.00pm - 4.00pm, BlackBoard Collaborate

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.

Date Time Title Speaker / Host
Mon 12 October 2020 2pm Multiple roles of phosphoinositides in phagocytosis and micropinocytosis Professor Sergio Grinstein, University of Toronto / Dr Dan Williams
Mon 19 October 2020 12pm Non-coding RNAs: novel transport route and function in developing axons Dr Marie-Laure Baudet, University of Trento / Dr Andrew Lim
Weds 21 October 2020 12pm Glypicans shield the lipid moiety of Wnts to enable signalling at a distance

Dr Ian McGough, The Francis Crick Institute / Prof Marysia Placzek

*Please note, this talk is open to BMS staff only

Mon 26 October 2020 2pm Real-time microscopy of invasive cancer cells in tumor microenvironment context Dr Bojana Gligorijevic, Temple University College of Engineering, Philadelphia / Dr Elena Rainero
Mon 9 November 2020 12pm Strategies to target senescence Professor Jesus Gil, Imperial College London / Mr Mohammed El Ghazaly
16 November 2020 12pm Organismic ageing and DNA demethylation Professor Christof Niehrs, Institute of Molecular Biology, Mainz / Dr Vincent Cunliffe
Weds 18 November 2020 12pm The mechanics of cancer cell division

Dr Helen Matthews, University College London / Prof Liz Smythe 

*Please note, this talk is open to BMS staff only

Mon 23 November 2020 12pm How is sound location encoded in the auditory cortex?

Dr Katherine Wood, University of Pennsylvania / Prof Walter Marcotti

*Please note, this talk is open to BMS staff only

Mon 30 November 2020 12pm Regulation of microtubule organization and dynamics: seeing proteins and drugs in action Professor Anna Akhmanova, Utrecht University / Dr Miguel Ramirez Moreno
Mon 7 December 2020 4pm Epithelial-Mesenchymal Plasticity in Carcinoma Metastasis Dr Jing Yang, UC San Diego / Dr Kyra Campbell
Mon 18 January 2021 12pm Patterns of mutagenesis in human cells Dr Serena Nik-Zainal, MRC Cancer Unit, University of Cambridge / Dr Zoe Hewitt
Mon 25 January 2021 12pm Title to be announced Dr Marcel Schaaf, Leiden University / Dr Freek Van Eeden
Mon 1 February 2021 12pm Gene expression dynamics during embryonic development Professor Hilary Ashe, University of Manchester / Prof Marysia Placzek

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

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