Upcoming Events

Keep an eye on the Events page for a full list of upcoming events. If you have an event that you might think is relevant, email the committee chairs or go through your divisional rep to get it included.

Here are a few of the most immediate things going on...

August 2017

SLSRSA Summer Football Tournament!
Join us for the 2017 SLSRSA football tournament (followed by essential BBQ)!
Kick-Off at 10am just over the road in ISE Hall 1
Followed by BBQ at the Botanic Garden from 2.30pm

July 2017

SLSRSA Biomimicry Lectures 2017

The SLSRSA (School of Life Sciences Research Staff Association) is proud to announce the commencement of a seminar series with Biomimicry as the central theme. Our next speaker is Dr Ben Parslew from the University of Manchester!

Monday 3rd June / 3pm-4pm Dalhousie 3G02/LT1

Title:

Jumping, flapping and gliding: using the locomotion of flying animals to inspire engineering and creative design

Abstract:

Powered flight has evolved separately in four taxonomic groups: birds, bats, insects and pterosaurs. Some other animals posses the capability to glide, such as flying squirrels and fish, or gliding snakes, frogs and ants. But it is the ones that flap their wings that have proven to be the biggest source of inspiration, and sometimes distraction, to engineers and technologists. In this talk I will present some examples of recent research in the field of bioinspired flapping-flight, including some projects that I have done myself, and some that I wish I had done. To begin with I will give some of the motivations for studying flying animals, which range from understanding the fundamentals of flight evolution, to developing novel flying robots, to generating visual representations of flight in the creative industries. I will give an overview of the bird- and insect-based projects that I've been involved in, which lie at the interface of engineering and biology. These include practical engineering attempts at developing insect-scale vehicles, theoretical models of bird flight physics, robotic devices that mimic a jumping take-off, and CT scanning of wing muscles. In these discussions I'll highlight the areas of research that I believe have the biggest potential for developing useful engineering technologies.

June 2017

SLSRSA Biomimicry Lectures 2017

The SLSRSA (School of Life Sciences Research Staff Association) is proud to announce the commencement of a seminar series with Biomimicry as the central theme. Our next speaker is Dr Martin Pearson from UWE Bristol!

Tuesday 20th June / 1pm-2pm Dalhousie 3G02/LT1

May 2017

SLSRSA Biomimicry Lectures 2017

The SLSRSA (School of Life Sciences Research Staff Association) is proud to announce the commencement of a seminar series with Biomimicry as the central theme. The seminar series initiates with Richard James MacCowan the co-founder of the Biomimicry-UK (http://www.bio-uk.org/) a non-profit enterprise that collaborates with people coming from a diverse educational background, such as engineers, physicists, artists and designers for product design based on observations and inspiration from nature. It is an amazing opportunity to hear how Biomimicry-UK functions from one of its co-founders and how ideas are realised into projects.

Tuesday 30th May / 3pm-4.30pm Dalhousie 3G02/LT1

SLSRSA Spring Coffee Morning!

Tuesday 2nd May, 10:30am - 12pm, CTIR Street

Join us for a Tuesday Morning Coffee ALL WELCOME

February 2017

SLSRSA Coffee Morning!

Wednesday 1st February, 10:30am - 12pm, CTIR Street

Join us for a Wednedsay Morning Coffee ALL WELCOME

October 2016

SLSRSA Coffee Morning!

Wednesday 26th October, 10:30am - 12:30, CTIR Street

Join us for a Wednedsay Morning Coffee ALL WELCOME

August 2016

Images from the annual SLSRSA summer football tournament and BBQ!

May 2016

SLSRSA Coffee Morning!

Wednesday 4th May, 10:30am - 12:30, CTIR Street

Join us for a Wednedsay Morning Coffee ALL WELCOME

March 2016

Women in Science Festival - Scientific Seminar

“Throwing a Light on Gene Regulation “

by Prof Wendy Bickmore


Friday March 11th, 2pm in the Dalhousie Lecture Theater 1 Coffee reception in the Dalhousie entrance hall afterwards.

Wendy Bickmore is a leader researcher in the field of chromosome biology and gene expression regulation. She is currently Director of the MRC Human Genetics Unit, at the Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine (University of Edinburgh). Wendy is an EMBO member and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and of the Academy of Medical Sciences. She is also an editor on many journals including PLoS Genetics and Cell.

During her seminar, she will be talking about the research done in her lab, highlighting the progress of her career in science and discussing the challenges she faced. Her talk will be of interest for people from all scientific background.

Despite its immense length, the linear sequence map of the human genome is an incomplete description of our genetic information. This is because information on how our genes are controlled is also encoded in the way that the DNA sequence is folded up with proteins within the cell nucleus. Our work tries to understand this three-dimensional folding of the genome, and how it controls how our genome functions in normal development and how this may be perturbed in disease. A main feature of our work is the use of visual assays to investigate how the genome is folded up inside of cells. We use multi-colour fluorescence light microscopy to follow the folding path of specific genes as they are switched on and off, and to identify the proteins that bring about this folding.

January 2016

SLSRSA Coffee Morning!

It is this time of the year that we all come together for a chit-chat, complemented with coffee and chocolate assortments! The research staff association (SLSRSA) is organising the first coffee morning of 2016

Thursday 21st January at 10.30am in The Street

November 2015

SLSRSA AGM 2015
Come and have your say in how the SLSRSA is run,

What kind of events do you want to see? Are you happy with the support available to you? Come and let us know at the annual AGM - Coffee and Cakes to follow!

Tuesday 3rd November at 10.00am in JBC Mezz

June 2015

“Non-Academic Careers” Seminar Series
Being self employed: freelance science copy editing

Lesley Clayton will talk about her experience in scientific copy editing and in setting up your own business.

We hope you'll be able to join us on Thursday 30th July at 2.30pm in the Sir Kenneth and Lady Noreen seminar room and for tea/coffee and a chance to chat to Lesley afterwards.