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Event Details

Date: 18-19th March 2017

Time: 1000 - 1700

Venue: Old Divinity School, University of Cambridge, St Johns St, Cambridge CB2 1TP

Keynote Speakers

Professor Steve Howdle

Putting the Fizz into Polymers – Exploiting Supercritical Carbon Dioxide

Steve Howdle is a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Nottingham. He and his research group are excited about making new polymers from renewable resources and waste rather than from oil and to do this they use clean and green chemistry. He has been a scientist at Nottingham since 1986, winning several awards across the UK and Europe (e.g. The Royal Society of Chemistry Corday-Morgan Medal and the DECHEMA Award and Medal of the Max Buchner Research Foundation). Steve is also a singer in a rock band (@ramshackle_men) and plays football in the East Midlands Veteran League (Beeston Old Boys FC).

Dr Fumiya Iida

Robot Intelligence Versus Human Intelligence

How intelligent (or otherwise) are robots? Is it a good thing that they can steal our jobs? And will robots ever take over the world? This talk introduces the state-of-the-art of robotics technologies based on our recent research projects, and discusses where they go in the near future.

Dr Nathalie Vriend

The Particulars of Particulates

A granular material forms a distinct and fascinating phase in physics -- sand acts as a fluid as grains flow through your fingers, the fallen grains form a solid heap on the floor or may suspend in the wind like a gas. The continuous interaction between the different phases in granular flows creates a complicated material that cannot be characterized by simple fluid or solid mechanics. In this talk, I will present cutting-edge experimental research done on granular flows in DAMTP. We will look at avalanches and granular size segregation, at different scales, with the help of table-top and laboratory experiments done in the GK Batchelor Laboratory.

Prof. Chris Dobson

Alzheimer’s Disease: Addressing a Twenty-First Century Plague

Neurodegenerative disorders, particularly Alzheimer’s disease, represent one of the greatest challenges to the social fabric and health care systems of much of the modern world. The predominant reason for the rapidly increasing prevalence of these conditions is the increase in longevity that has resulted from the dramatic advances in health, hygiene and medicine that have taken place over the last century. The most common neurodegenerative disorders are associated with the aberrant folding and subsequent aggregation within the brain of our own protein molecules, and there are at present no cures or even highly effective treatments for this class of disease. This talk will discuss recent advances in our knowledge of the underlying molecular nature of these disorders, and how this knowledge is beginning to suggest new and rational therapeutic strategies by which to combat their onset and progression.

Undergraduate Speakers

Over 15 undergraduate students from the University of Cambridge will be giving accessible talks on something they're passionate about.
These talks form the main part of the conference, and they're what IN[SCI]TE's all about.
We will be constantly updating this list of talks:


Day 1 (March 18th)

Keynote by Prof. Steve Howdle

Alex Jenkins

Testing General Relativity with Gravitational Waves

Sophia Cruwell


Kate Prescott

Finding Inspiration for New Drugs

Dillan Saunders

Evolution and Development

James Roberts

3D Printing

Rebecca Richmond-Smith

Pigmentation in Cavefish

Amanda Lee

Sustainable Development and Social Innovation in Jordan

Emma Flint & Eliot Ford

Text Normalisation of Non-standard words for Text-to-Speech

Maria Tang

What distance metrics best model the spatial transmission of the 2009 swine flu pandemic in the US?

Keynote by Dr Fumiya Iida


Day 2 (March 19th)

Keynote by Dr Nathalie Vriend

Tejal Shanbhag

Gas Cylinder Vibration Characterisation

TPP Intern

A talk by TPP

Mariana Alves

Science Philosophy (Focus on Biases)

Agnes Cameron

3D Holography

Patrick Lundgren

Planetary Protection - the importance of microbial quantification

Aatif Syed

Birmingham Children's Hospital - a model of how young people can shape science and research

Michał Bączyk

Bottle Oscillators - hydrodynamics, synchronisation theorem; Fun doing homemade science/research

Virginia Rutten

Whole-brain imaging of neural representations

Nick Kateris

Aerosol Particle Coagulation CFD

Tanmay Dixit

Pollination ecology, Brain Architecture in insects and the link between them

Keynote by Prof. Chris Dobson