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CoMPLEX Student Conference 2013
On 7th and 8th May 2013 we held our annual CoMPLEX Student Conference in the lovely facilities of Cumberland Lodge, near Windsor Castle, just outside London.
It was a productive gathering of the CoMPLEX student community at large, from MRes to final-year PhD, with student-led activities and plenty of time for social interaction.
About the conference
The aim of the conference was to gather all current CoMPLEX students (MRes year through PhD3) in a relaxed and informal setting. The programme consisted of:
- Talks by external speakers.
- A group activity related to Science Communication, the main theme of the conference.
- Talks by current CoMPLEX students.
- Poster sessions.
- Computational workshop.
We held three invited talks from external speakers at the conference:
- Philip K. Maini (Centre for Mathematical Biology, University of Oxford) gave an after-dinner keynote talk on modelling for biomedical applications, emphasising the role of models in stimulating questions and experiments in biomedicine.
- Steve Cross (Public Engagement, UCL) spoke about public engagement of scientists in the wider community, and vice versa, emphasising the difference between simply communicating science to a wider audience, and actively involving non-scientists in the development and enjoyment of science.
- Clare Ryan (Media relation manager, UCL) told attendees what makes a good press release for an upcoming scientific article, describing the thought process that goes on when turning a potentially challenging and long read into a short and universally enjoyable fragment that informs readers about the findings, and entices those interested to read the full document.
Following Clare Ryan's guidance, students formed into mixed groups (MRes, PhD1-3) and went on to create a press release for a recently-published high-impact article from UCL researchers. The activity provided hands-on experience in the field of science communication
The conference represented an excellent opportunity for students to present their work to an interdisciplinary audience. Students could chose one of three forms:
- Computational workshop
This allowed students to not only receive productive feedback, but every attendee got to have an idea of what other members of the CoMPLEX community are doing, thus stimulating collaborations both formally in research and more casually in the form of discussion groups for those with common interests.
The conference is organised by CoMPLEX PhD students in their final year. If you have any enquiry, please do not hesitate to email any of us (by clicking on the name below).
|Abbygail Shaw||Donal O'Donoghue||Mirna Kovacevic||Nicolas Jaccard|
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