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Our events aim to build new connections and share insights from across disciplinary boundaries. They include informal networking events, special research symposia and large national and international conferences. All of our events are designed to foster discussion and spark new research collaborations. 


Network Events

BSI Mixers  

At our Lunchtime Mixers, members of our community share their research and specialist expertise in a series of short talks. They are a great way to make new connections with colleagues and to find out about interdisciplinary biosciences research taking place across the University. 

Dates for 2022-2023

Friday 28 October

  • Will Brittain (Durham Chemistry)
  • Vinodh Kandavalli (Uppsala

Friday 9 December

  • Liz Morris (Durham Biosciences)
  • Aakash Basu (Durham Biosciences) 

Friday 27 January

  • David Doupé (Durham Biosciences)
  • Ehmke Pohl (Durham Biosciences and Chemistry)

Friday 10 March

  • Ulrike Bechtold (Durham Biosciences)
  • AnnMarie O'Donoghue (Durham Chemistry)
  • Adam Benham (Durham Biosciences)

Friday 26 May, 12:00-13.30, Dawson Building D104

  • Matteo Degiacomi (Durham Physics)
  • Vincent Croset (Durham Biosciences)
  • Ziva Urbancic (Durham Mathematical Sciences)
  • Alistair McGregor (Durham Biosciences)

Friday 30 June, 12:00-13.30, TBC Dawson Building D104

  • Alessandro Borghi (Durham, Engineering)
  • Rahele Kafieh (Durham Engineering)

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Howard Lecture

The Howard Lecture is an annual lecture which celebrates world-leading early to mid-career academics working in the biophysical sciences from anywhere in the world. Nominations can be made for researchers working in academia or in industry and we welcome nominations for those with unconventional career paths or with career breaks.

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Thesis Prize

This annual prize celebrates Durham's interdisciplinary postgraduate students. The prize focusses on students who have applied creativity and initiative to their research, particularly those who have driven the research far beyond expectations. 

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Early Career Researcher Network Events

ECR Symposium

Our ECR Symposia provide an opportunity for ECRs working in research into physical biology to get together and to share their research. Although the symposia are primarily aimed at ECRs, we welcome everyone with an interest in biophysical sciences to join in the lively discussions and questions.

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Research Symposia

From Disease Diagnosis to Bioinspired materials

16 and 17 May 2023, Confluence Centre, Durham University

This special symposium marks the retirement of Professor Roy Quinlan. The symposium is organised by his colleagues to celebrate his research and contributions to the research community.

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UKRRC Early Career Rice Researcher Meeting 2022

The main aim of this meeting was to bring together mainly early career researchers to explore and understand working with rice in the UK and the challenges faced through a series of talks and discussion panels.

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Big Ideas for Neglected Tropical Diseases Discussion Meeting 2022

This meeting was inspired by the UKRI big ideas call and aims to develop a community derived collective approach to the key issues related to neglected tropical diseases. These are set of infectious diseases that heavily impact on the global south. Current health strategies are inadequate in almost all aspects and are in need of major investment. 



Physics of Life 2018 & 2019: ​From Cells to Tissues and Organisms

British Society of Parasitology 2016: Microbial protein targets: towards understanding and intervention

British Society for Research on Ageing ASM 2016: Evolution and the Biology of Ageing

British Biophysical Sciences Institute 2012: