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Our first conference, held in 2016:

Our 2016 team

President & Cofounder: Reaal Khalil
Treasurer & Cofounder: Andy Davies
Secretary and Student Speakers Officer: Lauren Enright
Head of Logistics: Hannah Wilson
Head of Sponsorship: Elden Tse
Head of Marketing: Adam O'Connell
IT Officer: Jenny Seabourne
Keynote Speakers Officer: Josh Hamblin
Sponsorship Team: Nicole Ng, Martin Edwards
Logistics Team Rachael Ng
Marketing Team Rob Parkin-O'Brien

Keynote Speakers

Professor Gero Miesenböck

Gero Miesenböck is Waynflete Professor of Physiology and founding Director of the Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour at the University of Oxford.

Before coming to Oxford in 2007, he held faculty appointments at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Yale University.

Miesenböck has received numerous awards for the invention of optogenetics, including the InBev-Baillet Latour International Health Prize 2012, the Brain Prize 2013, the Heinrich Wieland Prize 2015, and the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award 2015.

He is an external member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the Royal Society.

Dr Ceri Brenner

Ceri Brenner works for the UK's Science and Technology Facilities Council, as the Application Development Scientist for high power lasers at the Central Laser Facility.

She works with the most intense and powerful lasers in the world to carry out high-energy plasma physics research and engage with industry research groups to gather interest in using laser-plasma beams as a technology for advanced imaging and inspection techniques in aerospace, nuclear and advanced manufacturing sectors.

She contributes to Physics outreach and communication through radio, TV, Youtube, Twitter, public talks and campaign groups. She is a founding member of the 'Science Grrl' initiative, whose message is 'Science is for everyone'.

Careers Panel

Prue Addison

Prue Addison's academic career began with a strong ecological focus, investigating the dynamics of rocky intertidal reef communities in Australia. She now works as a conservation scientist, facilitating the improved use of scientific evidence in conservation management, something which has seen her spend a lot of time working with decision-makers in both government and business.
This year, she was appointed Senior Postdoctoral Researcher and NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellow with the Interdisciplinary Centre for Conservation Science, Oxford University. Prior to this, she was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Decision Scientist) at the Australian Institute of Marine Science, and held various positions as a marine scientist, ecologist, and environmental consultant, before obtaining a PhD from Melbourne University, Australia, with a thesis on 'Targeting the science-management interface'.

Harish Bhaskaran

Harish Bhaskaran enjoys a good cup of tea and a game of cricket. He also enjoys mentoring and carrying out research with bright and ambitious Oxford students and Postdoctoral researchers in nanoscale devices and manufacturing. The goal of his research is to translate materials into practical and functional devices via conceptual device design as well as development of nanoscale manufacturing techniques.
He obtained a PhD from the University of Maryland, College Park and then joined IBM Research- Zurich as a Postdoctoral Research Scientist. Prior to Oxford, he held a Senior Lectureship at Exeter University and was an Associate Research Scientist at Yale. He is presently Associate Professor of Materials at Oxford, and also founder and director of Bodle Technologies Limited, an Oxford spinout.

Bridget Penman

Bridget Penman is a biologist using mathematical models to understand the evolutionary history of human-pathogen interactions. She studied Biological Sciences at the University of Oxford between 2003 and 2006, and continued studying for a DPhil in the Zoology Department between 2006 and 2010. After her DPhil and a short postdoctoral post, she continued as an independent researcher, funded by a Sir Henry Wellcome postdoctoral research fellowship from the Wellcome Trust and a Junior Research Fellowship from Merton College, Oxford. Bridget is currently a Departmental Research Lecturer in the University of Oxford Zoology Department.

Andrew Cockerell

Andrew Cockerell studied Aeronautical Engineering at Imperial College, London, during which time he spent 18 months working as an aerodynamicist at Airbus. He then spent 5 years working at Rolls-Royce in various roles whilst on the graduate scheme and later as a stress analyst on high temperature turbine components. He was also head of the Imperial College campus recruitment team. He gained his Chartered Engineer title through the Royal Aeronautical Society in 2014. He now works as a trainee patent attorney at D Young & Co LLP, working in all areas of technology within the electrical and mechanical fields.

Undergraduate Speakers

Over 30 undergraduate students from Oxford University 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 April 18th
Welcome Talk

Professor Gero Miesenböck

Keynote Speaker

Chen Chen

Machine calculate, Machine choose, Machine murder? Crafting an algorithm for the value of life.

Eve Smith

Do viruses understand us better than we understand ourselves?

Christine Hirschberger

Evolutionary development and the origin of novelty

Richard Ngo

Clinical Trials in the 21st Century

Phil Warren

Why don't aeroplanes fall out of the sky when they're hit by lightning?

Brittany Maxted

Quantum Quirks and Osprey Epiphanies:
When conservation meets the weird world of the subatomic.

Careers Panel

Alexander Morch

Astrobiology and the origin of life on Earth

Mark Hattersley

Sport pundits or mathematicians, who knows best?
An investigation into team selection in cricket

Pria Bourne

A Brief History of Cosmology: Discovering Our Place in the Universe

Patrick Taylor

Understanding the mechanics of dialysis - and how this can help patients

Mahmoud Ghanem

Can Computers Be Creative? - What machines can teach us about being human

Ciaran Gilbride

Rethinking Cancer: New approaches in oncology

Alexandra Koyfman

Creativity and Emotions: Investigating How Moods Affect Our Creative Output

Greg Hamilton

Tied Together: Unexpected Applications of Knot Theory

Day 2 April 19th
Welcome Talk

Michael De Lazzari

A "Grey" Area: Biological radiation damage, and current and future sources of concern.

Pau Ching Yap

Reinforcement learning - Are you smarter than the machines?

Jameson Lee

Across the world in 90 minutes - the future of commercial aviation?

Molly Rogers

Ancient brains: how new technologies reveal the secrets of prehistoric neural anatomy

Matt Robson

How to Design a Racing Car - The Science of High Performance Materials

Nicolas Shiaelis

Fruit Flies and Parkinson's Disease

Stephen Li

Seeing the invisible: Tracking small biomolecules with a biophysical approach

Wharton Chan

Bats: Friends, Foes; Flight, Fight? A molecular perspective.

Zoë Clark

Harwell Science and Innovation Campus: thousands of scientists, unlimited potential.

Hazel Gardner

Helium atom microscopy: Imaging with neutral atoms

Victor Ajuwon

Biomimicry: the conscious emulation of life's genius.

Lewis Gaul

Minesweeper in Python

Matias Janvin

A different take on buoyancy: why boats float from first principles

Leonard Grazian

Active Matter: the Science of Swarms

Eliza Casapopol

Number theory and how to make a fortune

Jack Common

We're all naturalists: rediscovering the wonder in science

Richard Grummit

The Probability of Everything

Fergus Chadwick

Bees: The Interdisciplinary Organism

Tiffany Kha

X-ray Flares from the Nearest Supermassive Black Hole

Dr Ceri Brenner

Keynote Speaker