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The University of Cambridge BBSRC DTP Symposium will be held on Thursday 11 July 2019 at St John's College, Cambridge, showcasing research from students across all four years of their PhD, talks from invited speakers, and networking opportunities with industry representatives. 

We are delighted that keynote talks will be given by Prof. Chris Abell, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research, Stella Hurtley, Deputy Editor of Science magazine and Prof. Jane Clarke, President of Wolfson College. We will also be joined at dinner by Julian Huppert, former MP for Cambridge. 

We will be inviting representatives from organisations who have in the past hosted PIPS placements, to allow first- and second-year students to discuss potential placements. 

Applications to speak and present posters will be invited in the coming months. 

The symposium is a key networking event for the DTP, and all students from all BBSRC DTP cohorts are expected to attend. The event is being centrally funded so there will be no charge against student research grants for attendance.


Please note that this programme is currently provisional and subject to change.

 8.30am Registration, coffee and pastries
9am Session 1
  • Welcome
  • 3 x student presentations
  • Presentation from University Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research
10.30am Coffee and biscuits
11am Session 2
  • 4 x student presentations
12.20pm Lunch and networking
1.45pm Session 3
  • Presentation from Stella Hurtley, Deputy Editor, Science Magazine: "Science Publishing & Publishing in Science"
  • 3 x student presentations
3.15pm Coffee and biscuits
3.45pm Session 4
  • 3 x student presentations
  • Presentation from Professor Jane Clarke FRS, President of Wolfson College
5.30pm Poster session
6.45pm Pre-dinner drinks (Wren Cloisters, Trinity College)
  • Formal dinner (Great Hall, Trinity College)
  • Guest speaker: Dr Julian Huppert, former MP for Cambridge, University Lecturer in Physics and Director of the Jesus College Intellectual Forum

We will be attempting to reduce the ecological impact of the Symposium as far as possible; delegate packs will be provided electronically, tea and coffee will be Fairtrade, all food will be vegetarian or vegan, and other ingredients will be sourced in as sustainable way as possible.


Can I present a talk or poster? 
We will be inviting applicaitons to talk or present in the coming months. We anticipate that talks and posters will be given by third- and fourth-year students.

Do I have to attend?
The symposium is a key event in the DTP calendar and it is expected that all students from all cohorts attend the full day's seminar. Valid reasons for non-attendance include being on a PIPS placement or an already-booked holiday; 'I want to spend another day in the lab' and 'I want to spend the day writing' are not valid reasons for non-attendance. Holding such an event is expensive; we reserve the right to charge students' PIs for non-attendance if a student has previously indicated they will attend. Attendance at the dinner will not be compulsory, but we hope that all those attending the symposium will be able to join us.

Who is organising the symposium?
The symposium is a student-organised event; you can get in touch with the organising committee by email