Events, seminars and conferences

We run an exciting schedule of events, seminars and conferences throughout the year.  

Welcome Week!

For induction events in the School of Life Sciences, please visit the schedules on the respective pages.


Undergraduate             Postgraduate

Research seminar series

Throughout the year we hold a research seminar series featuring guest experts from other institutions, as well as new researchers in our School, to discuss their work.

Spring term 2023

12th January 2023 - "Natural Hazards - Emergency Response in a Changing Climate" - Guy Cooper, Environment Agency.

19th January 2023 - "Things that go bump in the night: Understanding the role of nocturnal conductance in response to climate change" - Dr Lorna McAusland, University of Nottingham. (Please note that the venue for this seminar has changed to LTB2.)

26th January 2023 - "Rewilding the Sea" - Charles Clover, Blue Marine Foundation.

2nd February 2023 - "Expanding the biocatalytic toolbox" - Dr Patricia Rodriguez Macia, University of Oxford. (Please note that this event has been moved from 10th November 2022.)

9th March 2023 - "How Stories and Sagas Create Agency for the Climate and Biodiversity Crises" - Professor Jules Pretty, University of Essex. (Please note that this event has moved to 9th March from it's original date in February).

23rd March 2023 - "The human gut microbiome explored at single nucleotide resolution" - Dr Falk Hildebrand, Quadram Institute Bioscience & Earlham Institute.

20th April 2023 - "Philosophical Aspects of Theory, Observation, Evidence & Knowledge in Scientific Research" - Dr Matthew Rowe, Imperial College London. 

27th April 2023 - "Radical Marine Spatial Planning" - Dr Glen Smith, Middlesex University.

Summer term 2023

18th May 2023 - "Measuring mycobacterial bioenergetic systems within living bacteria as they power growth and respond to antibiotics" - Dr Jamie Blaza, University of York.

1st June 2023 - "The making of a biological solar cell: Genetic approaches to understand the beauty and complexity of chloroplast biogenesis" - Dr Enrique L√≥pez-Juez, Royal Holloway. (Please note that this event has moved to 1st June from it's original date in March).

29th June 2023 - "Investigating plant processes from enzymes to ecosystems" - Dr Caitlin Moore, University of Western Australia.

20th July 2023 - "Lessons on water use from natural populations for improving crop sustainability" - Dr John Ferguson, University of Essex. (Please note that this event has moved to 20th July from it's original date in February).


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Welcome Week Induction events


 Time  Event  Attendees  Rooms

10:00 - 11:00

Welcome event talk

Welcome event talk for all students

Opening comments from Head of School

The talk will be delivered by Director of Education, Senior Tutor and Year 1 Organiser


11:00 - 12:00

Course-specific mixer (with course directors and peer mentors)

Biomedical Science Students Prof Selwa Alsam & Peer Mentors LTB 6
  • Biochemistry students
  • Genetics students
  • Biological Sciences students
  • Human Biology students


  • Dr Marcus Edwards
  • Dr Tim Barrow
  • Dr Martin Wilkes
  • Dr Greg Brooke
  • Global Sustainability students
  • Ecology and Environmental Biology students
  • Marine Biology students
  • Prof Tom Cameron
  • Prof Tom Cameron
  • Dr Natalie Hicks/Dr Michael Steinke


12:00 - 13:30


Lunch and mixer event with academics and peer mentors

Please arrive at the allocated time

12:00 - 12:40 

Biomedical Science students

TC2.8 & TC2.9

12:50 - 13:30

Biochemistry/Genetics/Biological Sciences/Global Sustainability/Ecology & Marine Biology students

13:00 - 16:00

Icebreaker activity + Collection of lab coats + Tour of the campus

Please arrive at your allocated time

You will be taken to STEM lab to collect lab coats/equipment, followed by a Peer mentor group campus tour

13:00 - 14:30

Biomedical Science students (followed by Tour of the campus)

STEM Lab (STEM building, take left at the main entrance, then down to Level 2) 

14:30 - 16:00

All other students (followed by Tour of the campus)

13:30 Nature tour of campus with academics Marine Biology, Ecology and Environmental Biology, Global Sustainability students who are interested In front of the Tony Rich Teaching Centre (building where lunch takes place) 

Postgraduate Taught

Time Event Room
10:00 - 11:00 Tour of the campus Tours to be given by Peer Mentors. Please meet outside the Life Science building
11:00 - 11:30 Welcome to all new Postgraduate Taught students by Prof Vassiliy Bavro, Postgraduate Taught Director LTB 6
11:30 - 12:30

MSc Biotechnology students

Welcome and introduction by Dr Dima Svistunenko, MSc Biotechnology Course Director


MSc Molecular Medicine Students

Welcome and introduction by Dr Ralf Zwacka, MSc Molecular Medicine Course Director


MSc Tropical Marine Biology & MSc Marine Science and Sustainable Development students

Welcome and introduction by Dr Natalie Hicks, MSc Tropical Marine Biology & MSc Marine Science and Sustainable Development Course Director


MSc Cancer Biology students

Welcome and introduction by Dr Andrea Mohr, MSc Cancer Biology Course Director


MSc Health Genomics students

Welcome and introduction by Dr Antonio Marco, MSc Health Genomics Course Director

12:30 - 13:00 Tour of the School by MSc Course Directors  
13:00 - 14:00 Break for own lunch - students to get their own lunch  
14:00 - 15:30 Essex Survival Guide session with Prof Vassiliy Bavro LTB 6
15:30 - 17:00 Afternoon Tea session for all new Postgraduate students The Hex

Charles Clover, sitting on the back of a boat in a blue t-shirt, with the sea and blue sky in the background.
Rewilding the sea

Journalist, author and co-founder of Blue Marine Foundation, Charles Clover, will be visiting the School of Life Sciences to discuss his campaign work on rewilding the sea, and how the ocean plays an important role in the global fight against climate change.

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