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Events

Our events aim to build new connections and share insights from across disciplinary boundaries. They include informal networking events, special research symposia and large national and international conferences. All of our events are designed to foster discussion and spark new research collaborations.
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Annual Events

The Judith Howard Lecture Prize

The Howard Lecture is an annual lecture which celebrates world-leading early to mid-career academics working in the biophysical sciences from anywhere in the world. It is named in honour of one of the founders of the BSI Professor Judith Howard CBE FRS. Nominations can be made for researchers working in academia or in industry and we welcome nominations for those with unconventional career paths or with career breaks.

To make a nomination please forward the name and institution link of nominees to Professor Steven Cobb, BSI Director, at: bsi.director@durham.ac.uk.

BSI Thesis Prize 

This annual prize celebrates Durham's interdisciplinary postgraduate students. The prize focusses on students who have applied creativity and initiative to their research, particularly those who have driven the research far beyond expectations. 

To make a nomination please follow the guidance on the Thesis Prize webpage.

Early Career Researcher Symposium

Our ECR Symposia provide an opportunity for ECRs working in research into physical biology to meet and to share their research. Although the symposia are primarily aimed at ECRs, we welcome everyone with an interest in biophysical sciences to join in the lively discussions and questions.

Judith Howard Lecture

Register to attend the 2023 Judith Howard Lecture (24 November 2024).
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BSI Thesis Prize

Register to attend the 2023 BSI Thesis Prize Lecture (11 October 2023)
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Our Lunchtime Seminars

Our Lunchtime Seminars, bring together invited external speakers and members of our community to share their research and stimulate discussion. They are a great way to make connections and to discover new areas of interdisciplinary biosciences research. 

Dates for 2023-2024

27 October 2023, 12-1.30pm, Dr Francesco Boselli and Dr Jungnam Cho Durham Biosciences 

8 December 2023, 12-1.30pm, BSI Thesis Prize talk: Dr Katy Cornish

26 January 2024, 12-1.30pm, Prof. Mark Leake, University of York

23 February 2024, 12-1.30pm, Dr Shafeer Kalathil, Northumbria University

17 April 2024, 12-1.30pm, Professor Oscar Ces, Imperial College London  

15 May 2024, 12-1.30pm, Dr Sarah Harris, Astbury Centre Leeds

21 June 2024, 12-1.30pm, Professor Jonathan Heddle, Durham Biosciences 

Register for BSI Lunchtime Seminars

Register for our lunchtime seminars here.
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2023-2024 Calendar of Events

 

Date Details

14 September 2023 

Grant Writing Support: Annual Proposal Pitch Event

12-2 pm, PH132 (James Knott room) Department of Physics

Register here

20 September 2023

Interdisciplinary Mentorship Programme: Focus on in-post academic/PIs.

10-12 pm, W104

Register here

3 October 2023

Induction event for new starters: staff, PDRAs, PhD and MSc. 

11-12 pm, Grey College SCR. 

No need to register!

18 October 2023

BSI Annual Town Hall Meeting (Welcome to 2023-24)

3-5 pm, L50 & Biosciences Atrium

Register here

25 October 2023

Interdisciplinary Mentorship Programme: Early Career Researcher Mentorship mixer and training

12-2 pm, Old Library, Grey College

Register

27 October 2023

BSI Lunchtime Seminar

Dr Francesco Boselli, Dr Jungnam Cho  and Dr Ting-Yu Lin (all Durham Biosciences) 

12-1.30 pm, Old Library, Grey College

Register

14 November 2023

Grant Writing Support: Writing Room – Plenary Session

Applying for BBSRC – A guide for physical scientists

Prof. Mark Leake (York)

10-11 pm, Pennington Room, Grey College

Register here

17 November 2023

BSI Create 2023 Sharing

A relaxed, event where participants in the BSI’s art-science collaboration schemes are invited to share the ideas they have explored and their experiences of collaboration. 

12-3 pm, Fountains Hall, Grey College 

Register by email to bsi.manager@durham.ac.uk

17 November 2023

BSI Cross-Disciplinary Funding Workshop

An open, free to attend workshop to support those applying for art-science cross disciplinary funding.

3-5 pm, Fountains Hall, Grey College

Register here: https://forms.office.com/e/6TpW2TyT1J

24 November 2023 

2023 Howard Lecture  - Dr Yuval Elani (UCL)

3-4 pm, Old Library, Grey College

Register here

05 December 2023

Grant Writing Support: Writing Room – Plenary Session:

The support RIS can provide for grant writing including grant development, including impact and costings

10-12 pm, Palatine Centre, PCL051

Register here

08 December 2023

BSI Lunchtime Seminar

BSI Thesis Prize: Dr Katy Cornish

12-1.30 pm, Old Library, Grey College

Register

16 January 2024

Grant Writing Support: Writing Room – Plenary 

UKRI cross research council responsive mode pilot scheme

10-12 pm, Palatine Centre, PCL058

Register here

26 January 2024

BSI Lunchtime Seminar - January 2024

Prof. Mark Leake, University of York

12 -1.30 pm, Pennington Room, Grey College

Register

16 February 2024

New Summer Research Bursary Scheme Launch (information session)

11-12 pm, location TBC, Register here 

23 February 2024

BSI Lunchtime Seminar

Dr Shafeer Kalathil, Northumbria University

12-1.30 pm, Pennington Room, Grey College

Register

05 April 2024

Fellowship Application Writing - Information Session 

12-2 pm, Confluence CB-0015 

16 April 2024

Grant Writing Support: Writing Room – Plenary  

Bringing Together Large National and International Teams

Professor Oscar Ces, Imperial College London

2-4 pm, Palatine Centre, PCL054 

Register here

17 April 2024

BSI Lunchtime Seminar

Professor Oscar Ces, Imperial College London

12-1.30 pm, Pennington Room, Grey College 

Register

14 May 2024

Grant Writing Support: Writing Room – Plenary

Preparing Network Applications

Dr Sarah Harris, Astbury Centre, Leeds

2-4 pm, location TBC

Register here

15 May 2024

BSI Lunchtime Seminar

Dr Sarah Harris, Astbury Centre Leeds

12-1.30 pm, Pennington Room, Grey College 

Register

11 June 2024

Grant Writing Support: Writing Room – Plenary 

Troubleshooting the main issues in interdisciplinary grant writing 

10-12 pm, PH132 (James Knott room) Department of Physics 

Register here

21 June 2024

BSI Lunchtime Seminar

Professor Jonathan Heddle, Durham Biosciences and 

Professor Darren Wilkinson Durham Mathematical Sciences

12-1.30 pm, Pennington Room, Grey College

Register

Past Events

Early Career Researcher Network Events

ECR Symposium

Our ECR Symposia provide an opportunity for ECRs working in research into physical biology to get together and to share their research. Although the symposia are primarily aimed at ECRs, we welcome everyone with an interest in biophysical sciences to join in the lively discussions and questions.

Find out more.

 

Research Symposia

From Disease Diagnosis to Bioinspired materials

16 and 17 May 2023, Confluence Centre, Durham University

This special symposium marks the retirement of Professor Roy Quinlan. The symposium is organised by his colleagues to celebrate his research and contributions to the research community.

Find out more and register.

 

UKRRC Early Career Rice Researcher Meeting 2022

The main aim of this meeting was to bring together mainly early career researchers to explore and understand working with rice in the UK and the challenges faced through a series of talks and discussion panels.

Find out more.

 

Big Ideas for Neglected Tropical Diseases Discussion Meeting 2022

This meeting was inspired by the UKRI big ideas call and aims to develop a community derived collective approach to the key issues related to neglected tropical diseases. These are set of infectious diseases that heavily impact on the global south. Current health strategies are inadequate in almost all aspects and are in need of major investment. 

 

Conferences

Physics of Life 2018 & 2019: ​From Cells to Tissues and Organisms

British Society of Parasitology 2016: Microbial protein targets: towards understanding and intervention

British Society for Research on Ageing ASM 2016: Evolution and the Biology of Ageing

British Biophysical Sciences Institute 2012: https://britishbiophysics.org/posts/2012/2012-01-04-2012-bbs-young-investigator/