Athena SWAN News and Events

Careers Seminar

Dr Emma O’Brien

‘A day in the life of a Science Communications Officer’

Wednesday 25th November

1.00 - 2.00

All Welcome
   
Main Seminar Room
New Biochemistry Building
Parks Road
Oxford
OX1 3QU

In association with the University of Oxford Careers Service we are hosting a series of talks themed upon career development.

Dr Emma O’Brien completed her PhD in the Department of Oncology in 2014 and is now Science Communications Officer at Alzheimer’s Research UK. Her role involves working in a busy press office to communicate the latest dementia research to the general public, as well as working with researchers to share a wide range of funding opportunities.

No need to book.
 
ALL WELCOME


If you would like to follow up with a one to one careers appointment with a Careers Adviser please call the Careers Service reception on 274646.


2016 ACA Fankuchen Award to Elspeth Garman

The American Crystallographic Association will bestow the 2016 Fankuchen Award on Elspeth Garman. The award, which has been created "to recognize contributions to crystallographic research by one who is known to be an effective teacher of crystallography," honors Elspeth's absolute dedication to teaching crystallography in seminars and workshops all over the world, and her great contributions to improve cryo-methods in crystallography.

For more information please see  http://www.amercrystalassn.org/2016-award-winners

18th November 2015


Lidia Vasilieva awarded the Women in Cell Biology Early Career Award Medal

Dr. Lidia Vasilieva has been awarded the 2016 Women in Cell Biology Early Career Medal by the British Society for Cell Biology for her work investigating the molecular mechanisms that underpin regulation of gene expression and their role in controlling cellular responses. Lidia's group has discovered a novel transcriptional mechanism that pre-programs specific protein-coding RNAs for degradation to control their levels in response to changing environmental conditions. Her long term vision is to understand how appropriate levels of RNA are maintained in cells.

The award is given annually to an outstanding early career stage scientist in the field of cell biology. Following on from postdoctoral studies at Harvard Medical School, Lidia joined the Department in 2009 as a Wellcome Trust Career Development Fellow. She was subsequently awarded a Senior Research Fellowship by the Trust in 2015 to carry on her work on understanding the role of the nuclear exosome complex in RNA regulation.

Lidia will give a lecture at the British Society for Cell Biology annual meeting in April 2016 when she will be presented with the award medal.

"This is wonderful news - it recognizes Lidia's great achievements and I am delighted that the Biochemistry Department is able to support Lidia and her research team." says Head of Department, Prof Mark Sansom.

Lidia is delighted to receive this prestigious award as a recognition of her research and comments "This would not be possible without the hard work of the members of our team and the continued support by the Wellcome Trust. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to present our findings for the BSCB/BSDB meeting in spring 2016."

For more information please see http://bscb.org/competitions-awardsgrants/wicb-winner-2016/

Deepa Nath
17 November 2015



Genetics as revolution: 2015 JBS Haldane Lecture

Alison Woollard

Tuesday 3 November 2015

7.00pm to 8.30pm

The Royal Institution of Great Britain
The Theatre
21 Albemarle Street
W1S 4BS London
United Kingdom


It is an everyday observation that the offspring of elephants are elephants and the offspring of humans are humans. Our biology is, quite literally, written in our DNA, and the copying and transmission of this genetic information is the most extraordinary process on earth.

The ideas of genetics are revolutionary, from Mendel’s perfect 19th century description of the mechanism of heredity, through the molecular revolutions of the 20th century to the present day. Today, new technologies are galvanising disruptive change, not only in our understanding of biology, but in our ability to intervene in the very nature of life itself. What can we change? How? Why? And indeed, should we meddle at all?

“The bravest”, said Thucydides, “Are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out to meet it”.

Join the 2013 Christmas Lecturer Alison Woollard, for the 3rd annual JBS Haldane Lecture and see if you agree...

For more information and tickets please see http://www.rigb.org/whats-on/events-2015/november/public-genetics-as-revolution


Department of Biochemistry - Silver Athena SWAN Award

We are delighted to announce that the Department of Biochemistry has been granted an Athena SWAN Silver Award in the October 2015 round. This award recognises the ongoing commitment throughout the Department to equality and diversity. 

The Department of Biochemistry is one of nine departments in the Medical Science Division who were awarded a Silver Award in the latest round and brings the total number of Departments in the Division who have gained Silver to thirteen.

The Equality Challenge Unit works to further and support equality and diversity for all staff and students in higher education. For further information please see http://www.ecu.ac.uk/.

1st October 2015


Careers Seminar

Micheal Fiebig

Product Development Manager, Absolute Antibody

Wednesday 30th September

1.00 - 2.00

All Welcome
   
Main Seminar Room
New Biochemistry Building
Parks Road
Oxford
OX1 3QU

In association with the University of Oxford Careers Service we are hosting a series of talks themed upon career development.

Michael studied Biochemistry in Oxford (Univ) before undertaking his doctoral studies at the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology. His work in the laboratories of Dr. Eva Gluez and Prof. Keith Gull was focussed on the transcriptome of the protozoan parasite Leishmania mexicana. Upon completing his DPhil, Michael joined Absolute Antibody, an Oxford-based biotech company specialising in sequencing, engineering and recombinant expression of antibodies. As their Product Development Manager he is responsible for a range of tasks from identifying new products for Absolute Antibody’s catalogue, in-licensing negotiations to helping customers identify which products are most suitable for their research.

No need to book.
 
ALL WELCOME


If you would like to follow up with a one to one careers appointment with Dr Claire Conway claire.conway@careers.ox.ac.uk, Careers Adviser for Researchers please call the Careers Service reception on 274646 to book.


Professor Nicole Zitzmann: Ebola work honoured

For her invaluable and selfless work during March and April 2015, Professor Nicole Zitzmann is to be awarded the Ebola Medal for Service in West Africa.

This medal is awarded by the UK Government to military and civilian personnel who tackled Ebola on behalf of the UK in West Africa. People who receive the medal include the armed forces personnel, doctors and nurses from the NHS, laboratory and public health specialists and members of the civil service and non-governmental organisations.

Over 3,000 people gave their time and expertise to work in challenging conditions in West Africa. Their work has prevented Ebola from infecting people in the UK and supported West Africa to deal with the outbreak.

There will be a Departmental celebration in October when Oxford University’s Vice Chancellor will present the medal to Nicole.

For more information about the medal please see https://www.gov.uk/government/news/ebola-medal-for-over-3000-heroes.


Women In Science Seminar

Professor Kathryn Lilley

Department of Biochemistry, University of Cambridge

 

Wednesday 23rd September

14.00

Main Meeting Room

The Athena SWAN Charter is a scheme to advance the representation of women in academia.

This seminar series has been designed to look at how people at different stages in their careers combine their working and personal lives.

In this third seminar Professor Kathryn Lilley will talk about her life as a woman in science, the audience will then have an opportunity to share in a question and answer session followed by a chance for informal discussions over coffee and tea.

Professor Lilley is Research Group Head and the Director of the Cambridge Centre for Proteomics. Her laboratory is at the forefront of technology development which enables measurement of the dynamics of the proteome in a high throughput manner in space and time during critical cellular processes such as signalling and differentiation. Her group has also contributed many open-source informatics tools necessary to efficiently mine and visualise the extremely complex data which is produced by spatiotemporal proteomics studies.

She is the Athena SWAN champion for the Department of Biochemistry, University of Cambridge, which received a Bronze Award in September 2014.


Sophie Gilbert recognized for poster at 20th International C. elegans Meeting

The Genetics Society of America (GSA) and the C. elegans research community are pleased to announce the recipients of the GSA poster awards at the 20th International C. elegans Meeting, which took place at the University of California, Los Angeles, June 24-28, 2015. The awards were made to undergraduate and graduate students  in recognition of the research they presented at the conference. The meeting encourages communication and collaboration between researchers interested in physiology, neurobiology, development, evolution, behavior, aging, ecology, gene regulation and genomics, all using the nematode worm Caenorhabditis elegans as a model system.

Honorable Mention went to Sophie P. R. Gilbert for her poster entitled "pal-1 regulates polarized apical junction remodeling and cell movement during the development of the C. elegans epidermis." Sophie works in Professor Alison Woollard's group at the Department of Biochemistry.

 


Hertford College: Women in STEM Subjects Access Day

Friday 26 June 2015

Hertford celebrates 40 years since its first intake of women undergraduates and are holding an Access Day for female state school students interested in pursuing STEM subjects at A Level and beyond.

The Access Day will be open to students completing Year 11. It will aim to inspire participants to continue with Maths, the Sciences and Computing. Tutors and Lecturers – most of them women – in Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Maths and Physics will offer academic sessions and answer questions. There will also be opportunities to look round the college, eat lunch in the hall (or on the grass in the front quad!) and meet current women undergraduates in STEM subjects.

The Access Day will be free of charge and generous support for travel expenses is available.

For details on how to apply please see http://www.hertford.ox.ac.uk/women-in-stem-subjects-access-day 

If you have any questions about the Access Day or the application process, please contact the Registrar at matthew.hiscock@hertford.ox.ac.uk


Maria Leptin, EMBO Director

Friday 5th June

10:00

Main Meeting Room

Department of Biochemistry

Seminar on Cell shape and morphogenesis: sub cellular and supracellular mechanisms. Followed by science career pathways informal Q and A with Postdocs.

http://www.embo.org/about-embo/leadership-oversight/maria-leptin

matthew.freeman@path.ox.ac.uk


Rodney Porter Memorial Lecture

Professor Dame Carol Robinson, FRS, FMedSci, Royal Society Research Professor and Doctor Lee’s Professor of Chemistry Elect, University of Oxford

“Two decades of structural biology in the gas phase”

Thursday 28th May 2015

4pm

Seminar Room, New Biochemistry

It is now some twenty years since the first mass spectra of non-covalent protein complexes were reported focusing on soluble complexes, contributing to ligand binding studies, subunit interaction maps and topological models. Recent discoveries have enabled delivery of membrane complexes, encapsulated in
detergent micelles, prompting new opportunities. By maintaining interactions between membrane and cytoplasmic subunits in the gas phase, it is now possible to investigate the effects of lipids, nucleotides and drugs on intact membrane assemblies. These investigations reveal allosteric and synergistic effects of small molecule binding and expose the consequences of post-translational modifications.

In my lecture I will present recent progress in the study of protein complexes, focusing particularly on complexes extracted from membranes, and outline future prospects for gas phase structural biology.

ALL WELCOME

Please note that this Lecture will take place in the Seminar Room, New Biochemistry and tickets are NOT required.  However, as there is a maximum capacity of 100 people in the Seminar Room, the Lecture will also be displayed on plasma screens on the lower ground floor.


Armitage lab work features in exhibition

Biosense Logo

Oxford's Museum of Natural History will showcase work from Professor Judy Armitage's lab in the first of a series of exhibitions highlighting contemporary science at the University.

How biofilms form and spread on a surface (Kathryn Scott)

How biofilms form and spread on a surface (Kathryn Scott) (Click to enlarge)

The exhibition, Biosense, features three areas of research in the University: circadian rhythms (Stuart Peirson and Russell Foster), hypoxia and oxygen sensing (Chris Pugh, Peter Ratcliffe and Chris Schofield) and environment sensing by bacteria (Judy Armitage). It runs from 8 May to 24 August ( http://www.oum.ox.ac.uk/visiting/whatson.htm#EX)

Celebrating cutting-edge scientific research, it combines scientific stories with incredible images and previously unseen museum specimens. Science writer Georgina Ferry has worked with researchers and a designer to put the stunning displays together.

Judy Armitage and her colleagues Mark Roberts, Kathryn Scott and Nick Delalez, provided material for their display: 'Navigating in a Chemical World'.

Accompanying the exhibition are talks and other activities. Judy Armitage, Chris Pugh, Peter Ratcliffe, Chris Schofield and Stuart Peirson will be participating in a public symposium on 4 June. Researchers including Judy and lab members will also be available on selected Saturday afternoons for interactive 'Meet the Scientist' sessions.


Skeptics in the Pub, Oxford

Science! What does is really mean to be scientific?

Dr. Sylvia McLain

Wednesday, May 6 2015 at 7:30PM

St. Aldates Tavern
108 St Aldate's
City Centre
Oxford
OX1 1BU

From developing theories and defining natural laws, science is a human construct. How does it work? What can it solve? How do you think science works? What does being a scientist mean to you? We will talk about the history of science and its culture and the rise and fall of theories and laws and dicuss what science means to us in the modern age.

Dr. Sylvia McLain is a biophysicist at the University of Oxford, runs a research group in the Biochemistry Department and teaches at St. Peter's College. She has an undergraduate degree in Zoology, a Masters in Education and a PhD in Chemistry. She is a failed house cleaner and fast-food server, and spends her spare time reading far too much and being altogether far too opinionated.


Careers Seminar

Science and Engineering Careers in the Civil Service

Dr Rupert Wilmouth

Wednesday 6th May

1.00 - 2.00

All Welcome
   
Main Seminar Room
New Biochemistry Building
Parks Road
Oxford
OX1 3QU

In association with the University of Oxford Careers Service we are hosting a series of talks themed upon career development.

Dr Rupert Wilmouth is currently Head of Energy at the Government Office for Science. He is responsible for ensuring that Government energy policies are informed by the best available scientific evidence. He is also the scheme manager for the Science & Engineering Fast Stream. Prior to his current role, Rupert Wilmouth held a number of positions in the Department of Energy & Climate Change and elsewhere in Government. Before joining the civil service, he was an academic working in the field of biochemistry and structural biology. He held positions at the University of Oxford and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.
 
No need to book.
 
ALL WELCOME


If you would like to follow up with a one to one careers appointment with Dr Claire Conway claire.conway@careers.ox.ac.uk, Careers Adviser for Researchers please call the Careers Service reception on 274646 to book.


Careers Seminar

Creating your best CV and cover letter

Dr Claire Conway

Friday 27th March

1.00 - 2.00

All Welcome
   
Main Seminar Room
New Biochemistry Building
Parks Road
Oxford
OX1 3QU

In association with the Medical Sciences Divisional Offices and the University of Oxford Careers Service we are hosting a series of talks themed upon career development.

Top tips on how to create the most effective tailored CV that is well structured and gives an instant impression to the reader of your suitability for the role.  This session will also cover how to write a top covering letter. 
 
All researchers are welcome whether applying for academic or non-academic jobs.  No need to book and please bring your CV along with you.
 
ALL WELCOME


If you would like to follow up with a one to one careers appointment with Dr Claire Conway claire.conway@careers.ox.ac.uk, Careers Adviser for Researchers please call the Careers Service reception on 274646 to book.


The Dorothy Hodgkin Memorial Lecture

12 March 2015
 
The Dorothy Hodgkin Memorial Lecture: 12 March, 5.00pm, University Museum

This year the Dorothy Hodgkin Lecture will be given by Dr Petra Fromme from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Arizona State University.  Dr Fromme is Director and Principal Investigator of the MIPD (Membrane Proteins in Infectious Diseases) Centre, one of nine National Institute of Health-funded PSI Biology Centres.  In this role Dr Fromme spearheads research for the development of methodology for the structure determination of membrane proteins. 

The lecture is open to all and will be hosted in the University Museum at 5pm


Oxford University International Women's Day 2015

6th March 2015

17:15

Jacqueline du Pré Music Building
St Hilda's College

Celebrate International Women's Day by reflecting on feminism's achievements and future path. With only two months to the General Election, this is your chance to hear about the state of women's rights and feminism from informed and diverse speakers. Hear from Melissa Benn (author of What Should We Tell Our Daughters?), Trudy Coe (Head of Oxford University's Equality and Diversity Unit) and Caroline Criado-Perez (feminist campaigner and journalist). This event is sponsored by Women and the Humanities at The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities and St Hilda's College. It is open to all and will be followed by a drinks reception.

Booking required. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/oxford-university-international-womens-day-2015-tickets-15513437108


Careers Seminar

Hanging up my lab coat: the transition from research to research management

Dr Anuj Bhatt

Wednesday 25th February

1.00 - 2.00

All Welcome
   
Main Seminar Room
New Biochemistry Building
Parks Road
Oxford
OX1 3QU

In association with the Medical Sciences Divisional Offices and the University of Oxford Careers Service we are hosting a series of talks themed upon career development.

Dr Anuj Bhatt pursued a research career in the life sciences for many years, and his last postdoctoral position was in Plant Sciences at Oxford. In 2008, he moved to the Research Councils, and started a new career at the Biotechnology and Biological Science Research Council. At the BBSRC, Anuj was the lead for BBSRC's Impact Prize competitions, Innovator of the Year and Excellence with Impact, and also had responsibility for BBSRC's Fellowship portfolio. In 2014, Anuj joined Economic and Social Research Council's Knowledge Exchange group as a Senior Policy Manager, Impact and Knowledge Exchange.

 

ALL WELCOME


If you would like to follow up with a one to one careers appointment with Dr Claire Conway claire.conway@careers.ox.ac.uk, Careers Adviser for Researchers please call the Careers Service reception on 274646 to book.


Women in Science News: Alison Woollard wins Genetics Society award

Congratulations to Professor Alison Woollard who has been awarded the 2015 JBS Haldane Lecture by the Genetics Society.

The award recognises an individual for outstanding ability to communicate topical subjects in genetics research to lay audiences.

Alison gave the 2013 Christmas Lectures on 'Life Fantastic' at the Royal Institution, broadcast on BBC 4. She has followed this with many other public engagement activities at sciences festivals, schools and other venues, both in the UK and abroad.

Alison will be delivering her JBS Haldane Lecture at the British Science Festival in Bradford in September and there will be a profile of her in the July Genetics Society newsletter.

For the original article please see http://www.bioch.ox.ac.uk/aspsite/index.asp?pageid=1221

For information about the lecture please see http://www.genetics.org.uk/Prizes/JBSHaldaneLecture.aspx

 


Careers Seminar

How to explore alternative career options

Wednesday 28th January

1.00 - 2.00

All Welcome
   
Main Seminar Room
New Biochemistry Building
Parks Road
Oxford
OX1 3QU

In association with the Medical Sciences Divisional Offices and the University of Oxford Careers Service we are hosting a series of talks themed upon career development.

This talk will cover how to explore careers beyond scientific academic research.  We will look at how to start creating your ideal job, how to investigate careers which might suit you, and discuss resources for further research and support.

If you would like to follow up with a one to one careers appointment with Dr Claire Conway, Careers Adviser for Researchers please call the Careers Service reception on 274646 to book.


Women in Science News: The Humanitarian Award - UK

Elspeth Garman Crystallographer – Scientist - Mentor

For her work as the leading authority in the field of X-ray Crystallography, which is used to study the internal structure of chemical and biological matter important in understanding and curing diseases, Elspeth Garman is the Honoree of The WIFTS Foundation Humanitarian Award 2014.

WIFTS is the Women International Film and Television Showcase and celebrate the work of women from the global community in the fields of Film and Television, Business, The Arts and Humanities. The awards luncheon was on December 6th 2014, for more information and photographs please click here.


Women in Science News: Elspeth Garman recognised for teaching excellence

The Oxford University Teaching Awards recognise different ways of engaging students and helping them learn, from creating new courses and delivering exceptional lectures and demonstrations to the innovative use of audio and video podcasts.

Professor Elspeth Garman of Life Sciences Doctoral Training Centre and the Department of Biochemistry was given an award in acknowledgment of her dedication in education at every level. She works with undergraduates and postgraduates and is known for encouraging young researchers to teach, and is internationally known for her activity in public outreach in the sciences through public lectures and media.

The awards ceremony took place on 24th November 2014. For more information and photographs please click here.


 

Women in Science in South Parks Road
A seminar series for everyone interested in Equality and Diversity


Tuesday 18th November 2014
11.00 - 11.45 Seminar
11.45 Refreshments

All Welcome
   
Main Seminar Room
New Biochemistry Building
Parks Road
Oxford
OX1 3QU

This seminar series has been designed to highlight the lives and work done by individuals across the South Parks Science Area. The seminars will look at how people at different stages in their careers combine their working and personal lives.

In this second seminar we have asked Professor Dame Kay Davies FRS to talk about her life as a woman in science. After the talk there an opportunity to participate in a short question and answer session followed by a chance to network over coffee and tea.

The Department of Biochemistry’s commitment towards the Athena SWAN ideals was recognised by a Bronze Athena SWAN Award in April 2013. The consequences of implementing Athena SWAN policies and values will have positive benefits for all staff, irrespective of gender.

Hosted By Professor Jane Mellor


http://www.bioch.ox.ac.uk/athenaswan 

A leaflet for you to download is available here.


Women in Science News: Lynne Cox receives award for ageing research from the Glenn Foundation

Professor Lynne Cox was presented with an award from the US-based Glenn Foundation for Medical Research at an event at the House of Lords on October 27 th.

Lynne Cox and Hayley Lee with the Glenn Award glass sculpture

Lynne Cox and Hayley Lees with the Glenn Award glass sculpture

The Glenn Award for Research in Biological Mechanisms of Aging will help to support exciting research carried out by DPhil student Hayley Lees who is jointly supervised by Lynne Cox and Alison Woollard in the Department of Biochemistry.

The prestigious Glenn Award for Research in Biological Mechanisms of Ageing, given over the past 8 years to many leading labs in the field, provides Professor Cox with $60,000 support for her research.

Professor Cox's lab is one of only a few UK labs to have been nominated for the award. She believes that Hayley's presentation of the work in the US in the summer of 2013 helped to raise its profile. For more information please click here.


Illuminating Atoms: How Crystallography Changed the World - Q&A

Sunday 9 November 2014 - 7:00 PM

Royal Albert Hall

Berry Bros. and Rudd No.3 Bar

To accompany the exhibition Illuminating Atoms, the Royal Albert Hall has teamed up with the Science & Technology Facilities Council to present a very special Q&A with Elspeth Garman, Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Director of the University of Oxford's Doctoral Training Centre Systems Biology Programme.

For more information please see http://www.royalalberthall.com/tickets/illuminating-atoms-talk/default.aspx and http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-29952311

 


Women in Academic Science: Role Models of Success at Oxford

Date: 6 November 2014

Times: 5.30 pm - 7.45 pm

Venue: Maths Institute Lecture Theatre 2

Invitees: Current Oxford undergraduate students, postgraduate students, postdoctoral researchers, University Fellow, tutors and Oxford alumni (and guests)

Join the discussion with eight inspiring women who will share their insights on navigating career paths in academic science.

Hear what they have learned and discover what they wish they had known as junior scientists.

Network with junior and senior female scientists who have blazed new trails.

Explore how women in science can help one another.

The discussion will be followed by drinks and networking. Book now to secure your place; space is limited!

For registration and more information please visit the Oxford Alumni website at https://www.alumniweb.ox.ac.uk/alumni-/events/alumni-events/womeninsciencemain


Careers Seminar

Careers in technology transfer

Wednesday 5th November

1.00 - 2.00

All Welcome
   
Main Seminar Room
New Biochemistry Building
Parks Road
Oxford
OX1 3QU

In association with the Medical Sciences Divisional Offices and the University of Oxford Careers Service we are hosting a series of talks themed upon career development.

This month's talk will be based around careers in technology transfer. James Groves graduated from the University of Nottingham with a degree in Neuroscience. At the University of Oxford James completed a Masters degree in Neuroscience and carried out a PhD developing novel platforms for the pharmaco genetic manipulation of neurons. He continued developing this technology as a postdoc, creating novel Luciferase reporters for investigating the causes and treatment of the neurodegenerative disorder Friedreich's Ataxia.

James now works for Isis Innovation, working within the technology transfer team to protect the intellectual property of the University of Oxford and help researchers commercialise their ideas and create spin out companies.

One to one careers appointments will follow with Dr Claire Conway, Careers Adviser for Researchers. Call the Careers Service reception on 274646 to book.


The Dorothy Hodgkin Symposium
Keynote speaker Nobel laureate and Honorary Fellow of Somerville

Venki Ramakrishnan

October 29th 2014

Starts at 14.45

Hosted by UNESCO, Somerville College & the International Union of Crystallographers to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Dorothy Hodgkin’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry & the International Year of Crystallography 2014.

The Symposium will take place in Oxford on Wednesday 29th October and will feature a number of distinguished speakers, among them Professor (Sir) Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, winner of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 2009. The day will kick off with a screening of Hidden Glory: Dorothy Hodgkin in her own words, a filmed performance of a short, one-woman play about the life and work of Dorothy Hodgkin, followed by Q&A with the playwright Georgina Ferry. Guests will then be welcomed by Dr Alice Prochaska, Principal of Somerville College and Dr Wendy Watson-Wright, Assistant Director General of UNESCO.  The academic programme includes a keynote talk and a panel discussion on how crystallography will continue to help solve the world's great medical problems.

For the event programme and biographies of the speakers, please follow this link.


SCIENCE OXFORD LIVE

Ada Lovelace Night

Tuesday, 14 October 2014 6:30pm

St. Aldates Tavern, OX1 1BU

Please email live@scienceoxford.com to guarantee your seat.

Join in on an evening celebrating the vital role that women have played in scientific discovery over the past two hundred years.

Ada Lovelace Night commemorates the ground-breaking mathematician and writer who was known for her work on Charles Babbage’s early mechanical general-purpose computer.

The evening will feature talks by six inspirational female scientists and is hosted by CERN physicist and science comedian Fran Day.

Speakers include Professor Sunetra Gupta, Professor of Theoretical Epidemiology at Oxford University. Dr. Alison Woollard, a lecturer in genetics at Oxford University. Professor Suzanne Aigrain, an astrophysicist at Oxford University. Sally Le Page researches sexual selection, kin selection and other cool bits of evolutionary theory. Laura Kimpton works at the Mathematical Institute researching mathematical mechanical modelling especially for biological applications. Dr. Sylvia McLain is interested in understanding how biological processes occur in nature by looking at the atomic structure of peptides, lipids and membranes.  

For more information please see http://www.scienceoxford.com/live/whats-on-events/ada-lovelace-night


Women in Science news: Elspeth Garman on BBC Radio 4

Elspeth Garman will be on BBC Radio 4’s `Life Scientific’ on October 7th at 09.00, the show will then available on the BBC iPlayer.


Careers Seminar

How to Progress in Academia

Wednesday 1st October

1.00 - 2.00

All Welcome
   
Main Seminar Room
New Biochemistry Building
Parks Road
Oxford
OX1 3QU

In association with the Medical Sciences Divisional Offices and the University of Oxford Careers Service we will be hosting a series of talks themed upon career development. The talks will be open to all staff and students.

The first seminar will be a panel event with three speakers from the Department of Biochemistry.


Women in Science news: Alison Woollard takes the CHRISTMAS LECTURES® to the Far East

Alison in the studio. Credit: the Royal Institution

Alison in the studio. Credit: the Royal Institution

Alison Woollard travelled East this Summer to entertain youngsters with her 'Life Fantastic' lectures.

With support from A*STAR and the Singapore Science Centre, Alison and staff from the Royal Institution brought the story of 'the greatest show on earth' live to Singapore.

Armed with a script that condensed the original three lectures into a single 90-minute lecture, and with most of the props safely dispatched to Singapore, the group spent the first few days preparing for the show. An eclectic mix of animals, sourced by the Singapore Science Centre, replaced the menagerie of animals that starred in the UK lectures.

The impressively big set at MediaCorp. Credit: the Royal Institution

The impressively big set at MediaCorp. Credit: the Royal Institution

Alison gave the 'Star Lecture 2014' live to three different audiences in the studios of the Singapore's MediaCorp TV, a much bigger venue than the Royal Institution. Whilst the production team resembled the one she had worked with in the UK, she noted some distinctive cultural differences when interacting with the audience.

'We played 'Chinese Whispers' which is called 'Broken Telephone' there, but it was a failure,' she says with amusement. 'The students were really diligent and listened so carefully that they got the message completely right. It was as if their life depended on it!'

Putting together one of the many interactives. Credit: the Royal Institution

Putting together one of the many interactives. Credit: the Royal Institution

In subsequent shows, she made the message much more complicated – and managed to make her point as the students failed to repeat it correctly.

Alison combined the shows with two radio interviews on Singapore's English radio station 938Live, where she featured on the show 'Women of Worth', similar to Radio 4's 'Women's Hour'. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DH_7VMawXAc)

Her lecture was broadcast on 14 September on Media Corp's Channel 5:

http://entertainment.xin.msn.com/en/tv/
channel-5/programmes/Star%20Lecture%202014%20
Life%20Fantastic.aspx#image=1

And if you missed the CHRISTMAS LECTURES®, you can watch them again here:

http://richannel.org/christmas-lectures/2013/life-fantastic


News: Careers in Research Online Survey (2013)

University of Oxford results overview

Careers in Research Online Survey (CROS) is a UK-wide, optional survey for research staff which runs every two years.

A report has been written for research staff, and feeds back overview results, shows how the University is responding to issues arising, and gives practical suggestions and links to further information and support in each area.

To read the report and find out more, please click here.


Careers in Industry Talk

Tuesday 5th August 2014

11.30 - 12.00 Followed by a sandwich lunch

New Biochemistry Building, Main Seminar Room

Katy Gearing, is going to give a short presentation on Careers in Industry. Katy is a former Biochemistry undergraduate who is now Director of Biological Sciences at GlaxoSmithKline in Stevenage. The talk will run from 11.30 to 12.00 and there will be a sandwich lunch available afterwards to give time for informal discussions.

If you would like to attend please let Charlotte Smith know by Monday 4th August.


Women in Science news

The recent talk by Columbia University's Professor Ann McDermott was an opportunity to hear not only about her outstanding research but also her experiences as a woman in science.

Athena Swan Bronze Award Logo

Professor McDermott's talk on 'Activation and inactivation of a potassium channel' was part of the OUBS seminar series.

Her research uses cutting-edge magnetic resonance methods to study the structure, function and conformational dynamics of proteins in native-like environments. These include membrane proteins in native lipid bilayers and protein assemblies like viral coats.

A recipient of numerous awards, Professor McDermott is Esther Breslow Professor of Biological Chemistry at Columbia University. She is an elected member of both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences.

She recently served as Associate Vice President for Academic Advising and Science Initiatives in the Arts and Sciences at Columbia University and is currently Chair of the Department of Chemistry where she teaches on graduate and undergraduate chemistry programs.

Professor Ann McDermott

Professor Ann McDermott

In a discussion group that she kindly agreed to participate in after the talk, Professor McDermott spoke about her experiences as a woman in a male-dominated scientific discipline. She discussed her career path with researchers from the Biochemistry department and other departments, highlighting how she had overcome barriers.

Participants agreed that the discussion was worthwhile, and it was clear from sharing of experiences that more work still needs to be done to counter prejudice against women. The Athena Swan initiative has helped to create an environment in which such open discussions about the opportunities and challenges facing women in science are possible and encouraged.

The department is proud of the recent success of three female graduate students in a field that is sometimes seen as male-dominated - computational research. Amanda Buyan, Jemma Trick and Nathalie Willems, students in the lab of Professor Mark Sansom, will be talking at the 2014 International Biophysical Congress in Brisbane in August (http://www.iupab2014.org/).

The students recently gave their presentations (1-3) to members of the department In advance of the conference.

References

1. Interactions of Dok7 with anionic lipid bilayers studied by multiscale MD simulation. Amanda Buyan, Antreas C. Kalli &  Mark S.P. Sansom

2. Designing hydrophobic gates into biomimetic nanopores. Jemma L. Trick, Jayne Wallace, Hagan Bayley & Mark S.P. Sansom.

3. Lipase enzyme interactions with lipid membranes. Nathalie Willems & Mark Sansom.


Women in Science in South Parks Road

A seminar series for everyone interested in Equality and Diversity

Monday June 16th 2014
2.30 – 3.30 Seminar
3.30 Refreshments

All Welcome
   
Main Seminar Room
New Biochemistry Building
Parks Road
Oxford
OX1 3QU

The Department of Biochemistry’s commitment towards the Athena SWAN ideals was recognised by a Bronze Athena SWAN Award in April 2013. The consequences of implementing Athena SWAN policies and values will have positive benefits for all staff, irrespective of gender.

This seminar series has been designed to highlight the lives and work done by individuals across the South Parks Science Area. The seminars will look at how people at different stages in their careers combine their working and personal lives.

In this first seminar we have asked three women to give an overview of their careers to date, we will then give the audience an opportunity to participate in a short question and answer session followed by a chance to network over coffee and tea.

Alison Woollard
Dean, Fellow and Tutor in Biochemistry at Hertford College
University Lecturer in Genetics
Department of Biochemistry   

Carolyn Carr
University Research Lecturer
Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics
   
Annabel Cook
Science Communications Officer
Mathematical and Physical Life Sciences Division

Hosted By Professor Judy Armitage FRS

http://www.bioch.ox.ac.uk/athenaswan 


OxFest Seminar: Women in Entrepreneurship with Entrepreneur First

6th May 2014 6.00 p.m. Main Seminar Room, New Biochemistry Building

We have four talks by Entrepreneurs and Venture capitalists and discussion:

  • Alice Bentic (Co-founder Entrepreneur First)
  • Laura Lambert (CEO and Co-founder at Befittd)
  • Lisa Smith (VC and on the board of Voltea, Catexel, Parogle and an observer in P2i)
  • Miranda Knaggs (Sales, Marketing & Events Manager at Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst)

Meet and chat with successful entrepreneurs at our new event. Hear their success stories, ask for advice, and network over wine and nibbles. All are welcome. The event is free for OxFEST members, £2 for non-members, with an opportunity to buy lifetime membership on the door for £5.

The event is jointly organized with Entrepreneur first.


The Inaugural Louise Johnson Memorial Lecture

Thursday 1st May 2014, at 4.00 p.m.
Seminar Room, New Biochemistry

Professor Sir Tom Blundell, FRS. FMedSci
Department of Biochemistry, University of Cambridge.
(Professor Sir Tom Blundell Biosketch)

Genomes, Structural Biology and Drug Discovery:
Fighting Resistance in Cancer and Tuberculosis

This Lecture is sponsored by Molecular Dimensions and the Biochemical Society


Dorothy Hodgkin Memorial Lecture

Tuesday 11th March 2014 17:00 – 18:00

Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PW

All welcome

This lecture celebrates the achievements of Dorothy Hodgkin (1910–1994) who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for her work on the structures of medically important molecules (including penicillin, cholesterol, vitamin B12 and insulin) by X-ray techniques.

Speaker: Professor Carol Robinson, Department of Chemistry, University of Oxford.

Organiser: Oxford AWiSE (Association for Women in Science & Engineering), in collaboration with Somerville College & the Oxford University Museum of Natural History.


Study shows speaker selection bias at scientific meetings

How do you fix the common theme of all-male panels at scientific conferences? A researcher at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, together with his collaborator at Yale, have come up with a simple solution: invite more women to help choose speakers.

In their mBio paper, Einstein’s Arturo Casadevall and Yale University’s Jo Handelsman examined 460 scientific symposia run by the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) between 2011 and 2013. They looked at ‘convener teams,’ the groups of researchers assembled to choose panellists and speakers for an upcoming meeting.

Symposia put together by all-male teams resulted in a list of symposia speakers comprised, on average, of 25 percent women. In contrast, teams that included at least one woman helped organise conferences with an average of 43 percent female speakers per panel. Including at least one woman among the conveners increased the proportion of female speakers by 72 percent compared with symposia convened by men alone. The increase in female speakers was not simply a result of the female conveners also speaking.

Casadevall says that if you're a scientist, speaking at scientific meetings can be an important feather in your cap - an achievement that can help you get ahead in your career. ‘Hence, increasing the number of women who present their work at large meetings could translate into more women succeeding in science,’ he comments.

The ASM says that it has alerted its members of the findings of the study, so that they might consider these issues when putting together speaker selection panels.


Panel discussion showcasing Oxford's women in science

OxFEST would like to invite you to a panel discussion 'Showcase of Oxford's Women in Science: Inspiring and looking into the future' with Prof. Alison Noble (Engineering), Dr Kylie Vincent (Chemistry), Prof. Amanda Cooper-Sarkar (Physics), Dr Blanca Rodriguez (Computer Science), and Dr Katie Jennings (Physiology, Anatomy, Genetics). The discussion will centre around the route to becoming a successful scientist and is aimed at students at both undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as young post-docs. The event will take place on 22 January 2014 (1st Week HT) in New Biochemistry Seminar Room, from 5.30 to 6.30pm.


Water lends a helping hand in folding

New work from EPSRC Research Fellow Dr Sylvia McLain in the Department has challenged a long-held assumption about how proteins fold


Posters win prizes at ion channels meetings

Maria Musgaard and Sonya Hanson from the Department's Structural Bioinformatics and Computational Biochemistry Unit won poster prizes at the recent meeting in Oxford of OXION, the Ion Channels and Disease Initiative


OxFEST Talk: Dr Cara Tredget 

Cara Tredget is currently a Technology Manager with Shell. On Wednesday 23rd October Dr Tredget will give a talk on cutting edge engineering and being a women in industry.

The talk is in the New Biochemistry Building, Main Seminar Room.

Wednesday 23rd October 6-7pm - followed by cheese and wine.

Free for OxFEST members, £2.00 for others. Lifetime membership £5 (available on the door). For more information please see http://ox-fest.org/


Splicing surprise for yeast researchers

A novel pathway for mRNA processing in the cell is important for fine-tuning gene expression, researchers at Oxford and Edinburgh have discovered. Dr Monica Passoni and Adam Volanakis together with Dr Cornelia Kilchert and Sneha Shah in Dr Lidia Vasiljeva’s lab in the department, collaborating with Dr Sander Granneman and Dr Ralph Hector at the University of Edinburgh, have described the finding in a paper in Genes and Development.


Alison Woollard to present the CHRISTMAS LECTURES

Elspeth Garman inspires school girls at Cornell University

A conference at Cornell University which is part of a national programme aimed at inspiring girls to recognise their potential and pursue opportunities in science, selected Elspeth Garman as its keynote speaker this year. Published: 3 July 2013


Protein structures make an appearance at Cheltenham Science Festival

The rise of antibiotic resistant bacteria and the centenary of the birth of X-ray crystallography were topics explored at this year's Cheltenham Science Festival with assistance from the department's Professor Elspeth Garman Published: 13 June 2013


Oxford University Student Union Teaching Awards recognise Professor Garman's excellence

Elspeth Garman has been short-listed for the 2013 Oxford University Student Union teaching award of 'Most Acclaimed Lecturer'. These student-led awards, which also include 'Innovation in Teaching' awards, provide students with direct opportunities to recognise excellence in teaching Published: 18 June 2013


Department wins Athena SWAN Bronze Department Award

The Department of Biochemistry has been awarded an Athena SWAN Bronze Department Award in the most recent round of Athena SWAN awards, recognising good practice in recruiting, retaining and promoting women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) in higher education Published: 6 June 2013


Royal Society Fellowship honour for Professor Judy Armitage

With more than 25 years devoted to the study of bacteria and bacterial motility, Professor Judy Armitage's contribution to the field has been recognised with her election as one of 2013's Royal Society Fellows Published: 16 May 2013


Newly solved structure to boost understanding of protein transport

A ten year collaborative effort to determine the structure of a key protein transporter has come to fruition with the publication of a recent paper in Nature Published: 25 March 2013


Louise Johnson remembered

Scientists from around the world have been remembering Louise Johnson, one of the pioneers of protein crystallography, who passed away on 25 September 2012 Published: 10 December 2012


Cytochrome biogenesis work selected in chemical biology Faculty of 1000

A recent paper from work of Drs Mavridou and Stevens in Professor Ferguson's lab, in collaboration with David Phillips BBSRC fellow Dr Allen, has been selected by the Faculty of 1000 (F1000) as a significant contribution in the field of chemical biology Published: 2 October 2012


International travel award for biophysics researcher

Dr Heidi Koldsø, a postdoctoral researcher in the lab of Professor Mark Sansom, has been awarded a ‘Committee for Professional Opportunities for Women’ Travel Award from the US-based Biophysical Society. The award recognises her achievements as a young female researcher.


Seminar series to mark Oxford Biochemistry Undergraduates' research success

The contribution of Oxford Biochemistry undergraduate training to the success of the biomedical research effort in the UK and internationally is being celebrated with the establishment of a new, annual seminar in the department Published: 31 May 2012


Award for new group leader Dr Sylvia McLain

One of the department's most recently established group leaders, Dr Sylvia McLain, has won the prestigious B.T.M Willis prize awarded annually by the Neutron Scattering Group of the Institute of Physics and the Royal Society of Chemistry Published: 18 May 2012


Biochemistry staff receive Teaching Excellence Awards

The University has recognised the high quality of teaching in the department through its Teaching Excellence Awards. This year, 5 departmental members have received awards for a range of activities including lecturing, organising Summer Schools, the development of graduate courses, and running practical classes Published: 17 November 2011


Recognition of Distinction for Biochemistry group leaders

Three members of the department have been awarded titles in the University's recent Recognition of Distinction exercise. Dr Ben Berks, Dr Christina Redfield and Dr Nicole Zitzmann were made Professors of Biochemistry, Molecular Biophysics and Virology respectively Published: 27 September 2011


Recent news from the Garman Group

Oliver Zeldin, an EPSRC-funded graduate student in Professor Elspeth Garman's group, has won a prize for the best Young Crystallographer's talk at the recent British Crystallographic Association (BCA) Spring Meeting in Keele Published: 20 June 2011


Honours and heirloom for Dame Louise Johnson

Professor Dame Louise Johnson's contribution to science has been honoured by two recent awards. The first is an award of a hand-crafted brooch designed by Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and the second is her election as Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Sciences Published: 31 May 2011


Fellowships announced for departmental researchers

The Society of Biology and the American Academy of Microbiology have recognised departmental researchers Anthony Watts, Judith Armitage, Mark Sansom and Nicole Zitzmann in their recent honours lists. Published: 29 March 2011


Triple departmental success in recent EMBO honours

Three researchers in the Biochemistry department are recognised in recent awards from the European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO) Published: 8 December 2010


PERLs look promising in fight against viruses

A group of scientists in the Biochemistry department together with colleagues in Romania have discovered a novel approach to developing treatment against HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C infections Published: 1 November 2010


Dr Lynne Cox: Early Ageing Syndrome

Dr Lynne Cox spoke at the British Science Festival in September in a session called 'Life everlasting? the science and philosophy of ageing' Published: 27 October 2010


Crystallography One Century AD (After Dorothy)

In the centenary year of Dorothy Hodgkin's birth, Professor Elspeth Garman from the department gave the Dorothy Hodgkin Memorial Lecture earlier this year Published: 2 September 2010


Recent Honours for Dame Louise Johnson

Dame Louise Johnson will be awarded an Honorary ScD degree by the University of Cambridge in June 2010. Published: 7 May 2010


Study reveals the subtleties of molecular recognition in bacteria

Professor Judith Armitage and her group in the Biochemistry Department, together with other researchers in the University, have made the first steps towards being able to identify interacting partners in signalling pathways and potentially engineer a bacterial cell that can sense and respond to novel environmental cues Published: 11 February 2010


Professor Mellor awarded European honour

Professor Jane Mellor in the Biochemistry Department has been elected as a member of the European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO) Published: 17 November 2009


Engaging the public with science

Departmental researcher Dr Penelope Mason was selected as a finalist at a recent science communication competition run by the British Science Association Published: 12 November 2009


News from Professor Garman

Almost 6 months into her new role as President of the BCA, Professor Elspeth Garman is enjoying the opportunity of improving the services the association offers to its members and to the wider public Published: 20 October 2009


New Book from Dr Lynne Cox

Dr Lynne Cox, a University Lecturer in the department, has her first book published at the end of September Published: 5 October 2009


Fibrillin puzzle a step closer to completion

Professor Penny Handford and colleagues in the Biochemistry Department have revealed for the first time the structure of part of the fibrillin protein, helping to build up a more complete picture of how this protein is packed in the extracellular cushioning around our cells Published: 21 July 2009


Hepatitis C drug target comes within sight

A multidisciplinary team of researchers in the Department has solved the low resolution structure of a promising drug target in the hepatitis C virus Published: 21 July 2009


Getting the most out of Maths

Professor Elspeth Garman wins a prize in recognition of her Maths teaching Published: 9 May 2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





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