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Upcoming Events

Come and find out more about our research in the School of Life Sciences...

All of our events are free and open to all members of the public.

Our Public Science evenings take place in the School of Life Sciences Atrium between 18:00 - 20:00.

For any queries, please contact SLS dot Outreach at warwick dot ac dot uk


Tuesday 10 October 2017: What the Cell?! - Led by Professor Orkun Soyer.

"The one is made up of all things, and all things issue from the one". This famous saying, attributed first to the Greek philosopher Heraclitus (from Ephesus; c. 535 – c. 475 BC), could not be better fitting to describe biological entities such as animals and humans. All of these ‘higher’ organisms are made up of myriad of complex ‘parts’ such as organs, limbs, arteries, hair, and so on, but all these ‘parts’ are actually made up of tiny cells that all originate from one single cell. How is it possible that a single unit, the cell, can give rise to so many different collectives with seemingly very different shapes and functions? What is it that make the cell collectives different to a single cell on its own? These questions are equally difficult to answer, even if we look at the simplest organisms on Earth, the single-celled microbes. Many microbes, despite being able to live and reproduce as a single free-living cell, form cell collectives. We do not fully understand why.

Join us for an evening of science at the School of Life Sciences, University of Warwick, where we will take on a journey to understand the cell and cell collectives. Going through the key historical discoveries relating to our understanding of the cell as the fundamental building block of all living things, we will bring you to current-day research undertaken by a team of international scientists at Warwick. You can share their excitement and learn of their tools and approaches as they try an understand how the cell and cell collectives behave in the simplest organisms and in humans. Their findings are paving the way to increasing fundamental knowledge in life sciences, designing better drugs, and engineering of cellular systems for biotechnology and biomedicine.

Registration is now open! This event will be part of the Biology Week 2017 celebrations.

Ocean Joseph

Tuesday 28 November 2017: The ocean bacteria that control the world! - Led by Dr Joseph Christie-Oleza.

Recent research by academics in the School of Life Sciences has shown that bacteria in the oceans collaborate to recycle carbon from the atmosphere into energy to feed the ecosystem. This discovery will help scientists protect the oceans and better predict how seas will react to climate change.

Come along to our second Public Science evening of the 17/18 academic year to learn more about our work in Biological Oceanography and how Warwick is diving deep into global marine research.

Registration opens in October 2017.

Rogues Gallery 

Tuesday 16 January 2018: When the pandemic strikes! - Led by Professor Matt Keeling and Mike Tildesley.

Come and join the School of Life Sciences for an exciting evening of disease modelling and pandemics! Research performed here alongside the Department of Mathematics has studied a range of applied epidemic problems, from the optimal vaccination of individuals during a pandemic influenza outbreak to the prediction and control of foot-and-mouth disease in Britain and the USA.

Our third Public Science evening of 17/18 will explore how infectious diseases spread and how we can limit infection the next time a pandemic strikes.

Registration opens in December 2017.

Nic Dale

Tuesday 13 March 2018: Is the brain the only part of the body that named itself? A biological panel discussion. - Led by Professor Nicholas Dale.

Do you have any burning questions you'd like to ask an expert in a biological field? If so, this is the night is for you!

We'd like to invite all members of the local community and beyond to submit questions about anything in Biology you're keen to learn more about. A panel discussion will take place where academics from the School of Life Sciences will take your questions and answer them to the best of their abilities.

Registration opens in February 2018. Submission of questions to be considered will open in October 2017. 

 fly room still Tuesday 1 May 2018: TBC Film and Science.