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Colloquium 2014: Friday, 20 June, 2014

The annual Colloquium is an important date in the research student diary - it offers a chance for students to show their work to their peers and supervisors.

Why is the Colloquium important?

Professor Benny Chain, our previous Divisional Postgraduate Tutor, describes the Colloquium and its place within the postgraduate programme offered in the Division.

"The ability to communicate the rationale behind one’s scientific research and the significance of its results is as important as carrying out the research work itself. Indeed without the ability to communicate, both in writing and orally, discoveries cannot have an impact on either the scientific community or the lay public, and will therefore remain worthless.

"Training in scientific communication is therefore now a central objective of all postgraduate training programmes, and the PhD colloquium organised by our Division has become an important element of this programme.

"The colloquium has become a key annual event in the calendar of the Division. Held in June/July, the PhD colloquium is a one day meeting attended by all postgraduate students in the Division, and their supervisors.

"The programme consists of a series of short oral presentations (similar to those given at international meetings) given by all second year students. Each presentation is followed by questions and discussion. During lunch and tea breaks, third/fourth year PhD students present their research in a poster session.

"Prizes, are awarded for the best oral presentations, and the best posters. The student sessions are followed by a keynote lecture, given by a senior UK biomedical research scientist (past speakers have included Prof. Marc Feldmann FRS, Prof. Mark Pepys FRS, Prof. Doug Young FRS) who give an overview of their research career, providing inspiration and motivation to students and staff.

"The scientific programme is followed by drinks and refreshments, after which students and staff alike usually repair to the pub for further more informal interactions.

"The Colloquium serves several functions. It acts as an opportunity for students to get experience of presenting work to their peers in a formal, but friendly environment. It acts an opportunity for students and staff from different sites within UCL to get together, discuss their research, and socialise. And it acts as a showcase for the broad portfolio of research carried out by the Division. I invariably leave the Colloquium encouraged and excited by the amazing quality, enthusiasm and determination of our PhD students!"

The Colloquium is an important date in the Division of Infection and Immunity's calendar, click on the below links to access full programmes and films of individual talks:

> 2012 Colloquium > 2011 Colloquium

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