Trinity College Science Society
is the most active science society in Cambridge, providing a rich programme of seminar series, panel discussions, film nights, and other social events. While based in Trinity College, all talks are free and open to all members of the university and the general public, and are accompanied by generous refreshments. Browse through our programme for the coming year to see the remarkable speakers and events we have lined up.


Latest news:

The highlight of the TCSS calendar is rapidly approaching - our Symposium and Annual Dinner will be taking place on Sunday the 11th of March!

We are now looking for Trinity undergrads, PhD students, and post-docs to give brief (20-minute) presentations on their research. Whether you have done a summer internship or have spent years at the coalface of your field of choice, this is the chance to share it - and anyone who comes to give a talk will be guaranteed a free ticket to our Annual Dinner! If you are interested please email salvador.buse@gmail.com.

posted on 17 Feb 2018

Our next event:

Fri
2
Mar
Prof Chris Rapley speaking on
Polar Climates
Chris Rapley is a Professor of Climate Science at UCL. Professor Rapley trained in physics, and his early research focused on the development and use of space-borne instruments to study the solar system and cosmos. Today, he researches the changing polar environments, and is deeply involved in the public understanding of climate change, and the role of scientists in communicating with policy makers and the public. One not to miss!

From 1998 to 2007 he was Director of the British Antarctic Survey, and from 2007 to 2010 was Director of the Science Museum in London. Together with playwright Duncan Macmillan, Professor Rapley wrote the play ‘2071: The World We’ll Leave our Grandchildren’, which was staged at the Royal Court. In 2008 he was awarded the Edinburgh Science Medal – “For professional achievements judged to have made a significant contribution to the understanding and well-being of humanity”.

18:00   ·   Winstanley Lecture Theatre

Events

Fri
2
Mar
Prof Chris Rapley speaking on
Polar Climates
Chris Rapley is a Professor of Climate Science at UCL. Professor Rapley trained in physics, and his early research focused on the development and use of space-borne instruments to study the solar system and cosmos. Today, he researches the changing polar environments, and is deeply involved in the public understanding of climate change, and the role of scientists in communicating with policy makers and the public. One not to miss!

From 1998 to 2007 he was Director of the British Antarctic Survey, and from 2007 to 2010 was Director of the Science Museum in London. Together with playwright Duncan Macmillan, Professor Rapley wrote the play ‘2071: The World We’ll Leave our Grandchildren’, which was staged at the Royal Court. In 2008 he was awarded the Edinburgh Science Medal – “For professional achievements judged to have made a significant contribution to the understanding and well-being of humanity”.

18:00   ·   Winstanley Lecture Theatre
Thu
8
Mar
Prof Kate Jones speaking on
Modelling Biodiversity
Professor Kate Jones is a Professor of Ecology and Diversity at UCL and is the Director of their Biodiversity Modelling Research Group. An expert in evolution and extinction, her speciality is bat research and conservation.

To improve global biodiversity models, she has developed new algorithms to automatically classify species using artificial intelligence and has pioneered ground-breaking technologies to enable the public to monitor bat populations acoustically. This led her to investigate how climate change will impact the spread of human infectious diseases through animals (like Ebola or SARS). With a global team of researchers, she has drew up a map of global hotspots to try and predict where the next 'zoonotic' disease will emerge.

Through her innovative, broad cross-disciplinary research, she won the Philip Leverhulme Prize for outstanding contributions to Zoology in 2008. Kate is a passionate science communicator and regularly appears in the national and international media, including the Life Scientific on BBC Radio 4 in 2015. Allegedly*, Charles Darwin is her 8th cousin (6 times removed).
*ancestry.co.uk

What working achievement or initiative are you most proud of?
"Producing the first ever estimate of the evolutionary relationships of all 5,000 mammal species and showing that dinosaurs did not suppress the diversification of mammals (as previously thought)!"

18:00   ·   Junior Parlour
Thu
15
Mar
Richard Hornton speaking on
Scientific Publishing
Richard Horton is the Editor-in-Chief of the UK’s leading medical journal, The Lancet. Dr Horton trained originally in medicine, before moving into academic publishing and science communication. He has been a medical columnist for The Observer, The Times, and The New York Review of Books, and was the first President of the World Association of Medical Editors. In 2007 he was awarded the Edinburgh Science Medal – “For professional achievements judged to have made a significant contribution to the understanding and well-being of humanity”.
18:00   ·   Winstanley Lecture Theatre
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