All Oxford University Scientific Society events are open to the general public.

Michaelmas Term 2018:

Coming soon! 

Trinity Term 2018: 

Events are £2 for non-members of OUSS, and free for members. Membership can be bought on the door (£10 for one year or £20 for life).

Events are held in the Saskatchewan Room, Exeter College, unless otherwise stated. The second event of term (Prof Steve Goldup’s talk) will be held in the 10 Merton St lecture room at University College instead.

Please note the change of day in fifth week to accommodate the speaker’s busy schedule. This will be the last talk of the year – good luck to all those who have end-of-year exams!

Week 1: Liz Parrish, BioViva Sciences
The woman who wants to genetically engineer you: Gene and Cell Therapies to Cure Ageing
: Pharmacology Department lecture theatre, Mansfield Rd
Liz Parrish is the Founder and CEO of BioViva, a company committed to extending healthy lifespans using gene and cell technologies. In 2015, Liz became the first person in the world to take dual gene therapies to treat ageing. Liz is known as “the woman who wants to genetically engineer you”, and is a humanitarian, entrepreneur, and innovator, and a leading voice for regenerative medicine. She is also the founder of BioTrove Investments and BioTrove Podcasts, which is committed to offering a meaningful way for people to learn about and fund research in regenerative medicine.

Learn more about Liz here.

Week 2: Prof Steve Goldup, Southampton University
Nanoscale Machinery: From Molecular Machines to Molecular Asymmetry
Venue: 10 Merton St lecture room, University College

Threading molecules through one another to generate systems with new function has been going on for millennia. Nature uses threaded structures to control the activity of DNA, the stability and function of proteins and even the sequential copying of genetic information. However, it was only in the 1960s that synthetic chemists began to explore these possibilities, culminating in the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 2016 for the design of molecular machines based on such interlocked molecules. In this talk Prof Goldup will give a brief history of the area and examples of the most sophisticated machines to date and discuss some of our recent work on using the unusual environment produced when molecules are intertwined to generate novel catalysts, sensors and chiral structures.

Prof Goldup is Professor of Chemistry at Southampton University. His research focusses on the synthesis and applications of mechanically interlocked molecules.

Monday 21st May, Week 5: Dr Josh Mouland, University of Manchester
How Light Affects our Internal Body Clocks
The 2017 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded for research into circadian rhythms. Our bodies have an internal body clock that regulates a myriad of behavioural and physiological functions to work more efficiently. This timekeeper needs to coordinate its phase with the external environment. This is principally achieved through the daily changes in ambient light levels. The advent of artificial lighting has altered our daily exposure to light, which will in turn affect our internal body clock.

Josh Mouland is a research associate at the University of Manchester.