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Wed 20 Jan

The Stressed Sex: uncovering the truth about men, women and mental health

Every day millions of people struggle with psychological and emotional problems. The Stressed Sex sets out to answer a simple, but crucial, question: are rates of psychological disorder different for men and women? Join us to hear Prof Daniel Freeman discuss his work which has uncovered differences in psychological disorders between men and women. What are the gender differences and what can be done to address the imbalance?

7.00pm St. Aldates Tavern

Further details

Thu 4 Feb

Physical Activity and the Ageing Brain

Dr Claire Sexton, Postdoctoral Research, Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences

Dr Claire Sexton will discuss how magnetic resonance imaging studies (MRI) have contributed to our understanding of the ageing process in the brain, and the role keeping physically active can play in promoting healthy ageing.

Oxford Biomedical Research Centre: bringing research to life through public talks

Lecture Theatre, Level 1, Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, Refreshments from 6.15pm Talk 6.30 – 7.30pm

To register please email, or call 01865 743491

Thu 4 - Fri 5 Feb

World Cancer Day

Cancer Research UK Oxford Centre are uniting with 5 local charities for World Cancer Day. Join them for a day bursting with activities which showcase their united fight against cancer in Oxford.

Kick off

Scientists, clinicians, researchers, campaigners, patients and the public are meeting to link arms to represent how we are all united to beat cancer. There will be lots of colour and excitement to kick off World Cancer Day celebrations - do get involved.

7.30am, 4 Feb, Bonn Square

Find out more and register

Coffee and talks by local cancer charities

8.30am - midday, 4 Feb, Oxford Town Hall

Behind the scenes tour of CRUK labs

Members of the publica are invited for a tour of our CRUK labs to meet scientists and find out more about cancer research in Oxford.

1pm – 4pm, 4 Feb

Find out more and book a place  (booking is essential as place are limited)

Cancer: Health behind the Headlines in collaboration with Science Oxford

Science blogger and Naked Scientist podcaster, Kat Arney, will host a panel discussion on the science behind those cancer headlines that make it into popular press. The panel will be made up of science policy expert and writer Martin Robbins, clinical oncologist Sarah Blagden and oncologist and writer David Grimes.

Audience members will be asked to vote on a selection of headlines and our panel will discuss if there is any evidence to support them.

5 Feb, 7.30pm (Doors at 7pm), Old Fire Station

Further information and ticket/booking details

Wed 10 & Fri 12 Feb

Theatre of Debate - People are messy

People are messy is a comedy drama which explores the complexities of patient and public involvement through the eyes of two teenagers with very different ways of confronting a future made uncertain by a serious medical condition.

Arrival 2.00pm for 2.30pm start, Tingewick Hall, Academic Block, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, OX3 9BQ

Book a FREE ticket

Download poster (pdf)

Mon 29 Feb

Researching Rare Diseases of the Skeleton: The RUDY Study

A disease is defined as rare if it affects less than 1 in 2000 people, but the total number of people in Europe suffering from rare diseases is thought to be over 30 million. Rare Disease Day is designed to bring rare diseases and their impact on patients lives to the attention of the general public and decision makers.

To mark Rare Disease Day Dr Kassim Javaid, NDORMS, University of Oxford will discuss how he is transforming the clinical care of patients suffering with rare disorders of the skeleton using patient driven research.

Reception and Refreshments from 6:00pm for a 6:30pm start, Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre – Lecture Theatre, Level 1, Windmill Rd, Oxford, OX3 7LD

Book your free place

Thu 10 Mar

Falls, Hip Fractures and Clinical Trials

Please note this talk takes place in Banbury

Dr Mathew Costa, Professor of Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery, Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences

This talk will explore the consequences of hip fracture in older patients, their priorities for recovery from this injury, and the patients’ role in shaping the future of clinical research in this area and beyond.

Oxford Biomedical Research Centre: bringing research to life through public talks

The Mill Arts Centre, Banbury, refreshments from 6.15pm Talk 6.30 – 7.30pm

To register please email, or call 01865 743491

Tue 15 Mar

Brain awareness week. Public lecture: Our Perception of Pain

Irene Tracey

Can we really see someone’s pain? Is it true that you get the pain you expect? How do anaesthetics produce altered states of consciousness so you don’t feel pain?

7.00-8.30pm, Museum of Natural History, Parks Road

Book online (free)

Further information about Brain awareness week

Thu 17 Mar

Brain awareness week. Interactive activities: Light, Sleep & Brain Rhythms

How does the brain use colours of light to see, tell the time and influence mood?

Thursday 17 March, 10.00am-2.00pm, Ashmolean, Museum, Beaumont Street

Further information about Brain awareness week

Thu 17 Mar

Brain Awareness week. Public Lecture:  Gastrophysics: The new science of multisensory dining

Professor Charles Spence from the Department of Experimental Psychology researches the science behind “multisensory illusions” and “multisensory perception”. In this fascinating talk at the Museum he explores the rapidly developing field of gastrophysics; how soundscapes and music come together with taste to make the whole experience more stimulating, more enjoyable and possibly even more memorable.

Doors open at 6.30pm, 7.00pm start

Booking required (free)

Futher information

Further information about Brain awareness week

Sat 19 & Sun 20 Mar

Brain Awareness week. Interactive activities: Brain Hunt

Find out about the physical, mechanical and creative brain!

10.00am-4.00pm, Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street

Further information about Brain awareness week

Sat 19 Mar

Brain Awareness week.  Public lecture: The Visual Brain - the House of Deceits of the Sight

Christopher Kennard

12.00 noon, Headley Lecture Theatre, Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street

 Further information about Brain awareness week

Sun 20 Mar

Brain Awareness week.  Interactive activities: Brain Aware

An afternoon with Oxford researchers, suitable for age 6 upwards.

12.00-5.00pm, Museum of the History of Science, Broad Street

Further information about Brain awareness week

Thu 14 Apr

Scratching the surface of allergic reactions

Professor Graham Ogg, Professor of Dermatology, Churchill Hospital

Allergic disease is a major health problem which can have significant consequences for patients and their families. At the NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre, we are trying to understand how allergies occur and how to prevent and treat such problems. We have recently found a new cell type in the skin which seems to be important in contributing to allergic problems. We will discuss what is known about processes that occur in the body during allergic reactions, and then show how the new cell type might contribute, and how future treatments might impact on this.

Oxford Biomedical Research Centre: bringing research to life through public talks

Lecture Theatre, Level 1, Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, refreshments from 6.15pm Talk 6.30 – 7.30pm

To register please email, or call 01865 743491

Tues 19 Apr

Challenging Typhoid ethically at the Oxford Vaccine Group

Typhoid kills 200,000 people every year and infects around 22 million worldwide, despite vaccines being available. So why is Typhoid still such a problem? Come and hear researchers from Oxford Vaccine Group talk about the unique typhoid human infection studies we run. There will be a Q&A session and opportunity for discussion.

Oxford Martin School, 34 Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BD


To book your free place at this event email: or telephone: 01865 857420

19 - 22 Apr

Loop Hole

“Loop Hole” is an exhibition that showcases recent outcomes from a collaborative partnership between the Structural Genomics Consortium in Oxford and the Arts University Bournemouth.

Medical Science Teaching Centre, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PL

University Church of St. Mary the Virgin, High Street, Oxford OX1 4BJ

Opening: Tuesday 19 April Medical Science Teaching Centre 3.30-4.30pm and at the University Church of St Mary the Virgin 4.30-5.30pm

View poster

Exhibition: 20 - 22 April 10am-5pm, Free entry

Find out more

Thu 21 Apr

The NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre – Open Day

The NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre will hold a public open day “Celebrating Medical Research in Oxford” on Thursday 21st April from midday to 5pm at the John Radcliffe Hospital. The event, at Tingewick Hall in the Academic Block, will include interactive stands, lectures, debates and tours about the work of the Oxford BRC, which funds medical research across seven areas including cancer, diabetes, stroke and genetics.

Tingewick Hall, Academic Block, John Radcliffe Hospital, midday to 5pm

To register please email or call 01865 743491.

27 Apr – 2 May

Oxford May Music

Oxford May Music is a music, science and arts festival that celebrates culture and human achievements in a truly unique way.  The festival's ethos of combining the very cutting edge of science alongside world class concerts has for the last eight years attracted visitors from all over the world.

Antibiotic-resistant Bacteria - Science & Solutions 

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Professor Angela Brueggemann, Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine

Infections caused by resistant bacteria can be difficult to treat, thus antibiotic resistance is a major threat to human health. The science behind the emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance, and potential solutions to the problem, will be discussed.

St John the Evangelist, 5:30 - 6.30pm

More information and ticket booking

The Dark Side - Professors Russell Foster & Ron Douglas The Phronesis Jazz Trio - "Pitch Black”

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Professor Russell Foster, Professor of Circadian Neuroscience, Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences 

A first for Oxford May Music - not only the first time we have had a Jazz concert, but also the first time anything has been performed in perfect darkness. This will allow us to explore the effect of darkness on your senses and in particular your listening experience. In the first half of the evening, world experts Russell and Ron will explore some of consequences of darkness in the natural world.

Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street, Oxford, OX1 3SD, 8.00 - 10.30 pm

More information and ticket booking

Thu 5 May

Public Health and Private Pain: A night of medical history and drama

Enter the Museum for a unique evening of performance and drama. Drawing from a rich variety of medical plays and historical material, the event will illuminate, provoke, and dramatize developments which have shaped ideas of the body from the 18th century to the present day. Join academics from across the University of Oxford, professional actors from Pegasus Theatre and staff of the Museum of the History of Science as they show how these developments have been mapped not just by medical writing but by theatre, which has a long history of engaging with science and medicine.

Museum of the History of Science, Broad Street, OX1 3AZ, 5pm

Find out more - booking recommended

20 May

Clinical Trials: One of the most important medical inventions in the last 100 years

To mark international clinical trials day, Professor Sallie Lamb will describe how trials have progressed the management of nearly all medical conditions.

Free Public Talk

Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre – Lecture Theatre Level 1, 18.15 refreshments for 18.30 start

Further information

23 – 25 May

Pint of Science

Various medical scientists will be preforming at locations across the city as part of this year’s Pint of Science Festival. Topics include The Damaged Brain, Friendship and social networking, Brain networks in cognition, Understanding cancer, The Heart of the Matter, Tropical diseases and Imaging disease.

Location: Various, 19:00-21:00

Futher information

Thu 9 Jun 

Sleeping Sense

Working with the Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute, and young musicians and pupils around Oxford, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment has been composing new music inspired by the science of sleep and circadian biology. Come here leading expert Prof. Russell Foster talk about sleep and circadian neuroscience, and listen to the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment play new pieces as well as excerpts from Purcell’s Fairy Queen and Bach’s Goldberg Variations.

Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford 19:00-21:00

Further information

Wed 15 Jun

Future Debates: Sharing your genetic blueprint - who should have access?

Welcome to Future Debates, a series of public events supported by the British Science Association.

A genome is an entire set of DNA; all the instructions for making every part of a living thing.  Research into our genomes could improve our understanding of diseases, cancers and passing on certain traits.  The application of this research through genomic medicine is at the cutting edge of science.  There’s large potential for the technology to help us create new treatments and preventative approaches.

Doors open from 6.00pm, and the debate will run from 6.30pm until 8.00pm, Said Business School - Park End Street, Oxford, OX1 1HP

Further information

Sat 18 Jun

Image as Vortex: An Interdisciplinary Conference on the Question of What an Image Is by Examining What It Does

This conference aims to bring together scientists and artists who work in, with, or about images. In order to get a more thorough view on the nature of images, it is important to study them "in action" from various disciplines and angles. Hence, archaeologists, philosophers, art historians, artists, psychologists, as well as neuro-scientists and medical imaging scientists are encourage to participate.

Keynote speech by: Professor Dr. Hans Belting: "Iconic Presence", Dr. Marco Drago: "From an Image to a Binary Black Hole: the History of the First Detected Gravitational Wave"

9:30am-4:00pm, Headley Lecture Theatre, The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, Beaumont St, Oxford, OX1 2PH

Sat 18 Jun

Soapbox Science at Oxford

Soapbox Science is making its debut in Oxford. From 2-5pm, 12 incredible female scientists, including MSD’s Drs Jessica Davies and Caroline Hartley, will be taking to their Soapboxes on Cornmarket Street to share their passion for science with the public.  

Further information

Sat 18 Jun

Science in Newbury

Cancer and your Immune System:  come to Northbrook St in Newbury from 10.00-16.00 to hear about the science that will help your immune system fight cancer.

10am-4pm, 22 Northbrook St, Newbury, RG14 1DJ

Tue 21 Jun

Science in Aylesbury

Cancer and your Immune System:  come to Tesco's Supermarket, Aylesbury from 10.00-16.00 to hear about the science that will help your immune system fight cancer.

10am-4pm, Tesco's Supermarket, HP20 1PQ

Wed 22 Jun

Science in Banbury

Cancer and your Immune System:  come to Market Place, Banbury from 10.00-16.00 to hear about the science that will help your immune system fight cancer.

10am-4pmMarket Place, Banbury

Thu 23 Jun & Fri 24 Jun

Science in Witney

Cancer and your Immune System:  come to Witney Clock Tower from 1000-1600 to hear about the science that will help your immune system fight cancer.

10am-4pm, Witney Clock Tower, OX28 6AR

23 Jun - 3 Jul Oxfordshire Science Festival 

Sat 25 Jun - Discovering new drugs: a glimpse in to the open access model

Why is discovering new drugs such a long and difficult process? Engage with scientists through games and activities to learn why it is so hard and how it could be made easier. Part of the Oxford Science Fair.

Oxford Town Hall, 12-5pm

Sat 25 Jun - Operation

Try your hand at a giant operation game, discover some of the latest operation technologies, explore the human body under the microscope and learn about human anatomy. Come and learn more about the research that takes place in the department and find out what surgical sciences is all about!

Broad Street, 10am-5pm

Sat 25 Jun - Method in the Motion

A unique evening combining scientific talks with inspirational dance. Hear researchers from the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics talk about their work as their science is interpreted by FLUX, a dance company specialising in translating scientific principles into theatrical form. A one-off event exploring curiosity and creativity.

Oxford Town Hall, Assembly Room, 7.30pm

Sat 25 Jun - Ceilidh - Let's (DNA)CE!

Move your body with the science ceilidh! Is there a more fun way to do biology? Edinburgh based scientist Lewis Hou and his ceilidh band take you on an adventure of laughter, science, and fun. Turn your body into a molecule and dance a jig.

St Ebbes School Hall, White House Road, Oxford,  9pm-Midnight

Sat 25 Jun & Sun 26 Jun - Peptide Pom-pom Catapults & Exosome Eggs

Come out to the Oxfordshire Science Festival and visit the Wood Lab’s fun booth. Try to help deliver pom-poms with a catapult. Don’t miss the target and learn about gene therapy! Decode a DNA message and grasp the mysteries of exosomes, viruses, and bacteria.

Oxford Town Hall, Saturday 25 June, 12pm-5pm  &  Sunday 26 June, 1pm-5pm

Sat 25 Jun & Sun 26 Jun - Vaccines Work

Vaccines have saved millions of lives and billions of pounds over the last century but many diseases remain without a successful vaccine for prevention. Challenge yourself in an exploration of clinical trials for new malaria and typhoid vaccines, and learn about immunisation and infectious disease through fun props and games!

Oxford Town Hall, Town Hall, 12-5pm

Sat 25 Jun & Sun 26 Jun - Fish, chick, mouse and me – How our bodies are shaped in the womb

Use a microscope to see glowing fish, play with 3D printed models of embryos and learn about how research on the way people and other animals go from egg to newborn can help to prevent disease and one day, potentially regrow our organs.

Oxford Town Hall, Saturday 25 June, 12pm-5pm  &  Sunday 26 June, 1pm-5pm

Sat 25 Jun & Sun 26 Jun - Kicking the habit – what’s the evidence?

What is in a cigarette? What does smoking do to the body? What are the best strategies to help quit smoking? Meet smoking cessation researchers in the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences who will answer your questions through insightful demonstrations, games and crafts.

Town Hall, Saturday 25 June, 12-5pm & Cornmarket Street, Sunday 26 June, 1-5pm

Sat 25 Jun & Sun 26 Jun - Sugar, Energy & Diabetes

Find out where your pancreas is and what is does. How does sugar affect the body? Hear how diabetes research in Oxford is helping tackle one of our biggest health problems.

We will invite people to guess the sugar content in common food and drink items and how much exercise/activity is needed to burn the calories; children will be invited to dress up in lab coats and participate in fun activities such as weighing out teaspoons of sugar and picking coloured beads under a microscope; we will use a human body model to illustrate where the pancreas is and why this organ is important in diabetes; a volunteer team member will demonstrate continuous glucose monitoring and how it changes with different food consumption. We will have leaflets on diabetes (donated by Diabetes UK).

Broad Street, Oxford City Centre, 11am-5pm

Sat 25 Jun & Sun 26 Jun - Get To Know Your Brain

See how sensations picked up by your body, including sound, light and touch, stimulate networks of brain cells to help you make sense of the world around you. Get involved yourself, stimulate a model of a network of brain cells and watch them light up in response to your actions. Can you make the activity increase? – get your family and friends to help!

Oxford Town Hall, Saturday 25 June, 12-5pm & Sunday 26 June, 1-5pm

Sat 25 Jun & Sun 26 Jun - Cancer Research in Oxford

Fighting Cancer Drug Resistance - can we overcome resistance before it starts?

Cornmarket St and Broad St, Oxford, Saturday 25 June, 12-5pm & Sunday 26 June, 1-5pm

Sun 26 Jun - Science in a crisis: fast-forwarding research for Ebola

How do you assess potential treatments for a disease such as Ebola, during the largest outbreak in history? Peter Horby’s team run clinical trials under such challenging conditions. Share this scientific and humanitarian mission, with insights from clinical studies led in Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Story Museum, Pembroke Street, Oxford, 2.30pm
Admission:  £5/£4(conc.)/£16 (family)

Sun 26 Jun - The Brain Game

Have you ever played snakes & ladders or cards in the neuroscience way? Have a go at these fun games designed to learn about your brain!

Oxford Town Hall, Sunday 26 June, 1-5 pm

Mon 27 Jun - Involving children and young people in medical research: The ethical issues

Professor Ilina Singh (Professor of Neuroscience and Society, Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford) hosts a discussion event for children (Key stages 3 & 4) exploring the ethics of involving children in medical research. Panel members, including Dr Mark Sheehan (Oxford Ethox Centre) and Kate Harvey (Nuffield Council on Bioethics) will pose a series of cases that encourage young people to consider and debate a set of ethical issues.

John Mason School, Abingdon 11.10am-3.10pm (Note: not open to the public)

Wed 29 Jun - Is Genetic Engineering of Humans Ethically Justified?

Gene-editing’ sounds like science fiction, but today it is an emerging reality. This raises hope for treating medical problems, but also opens ethical quandaries about equality, privacy, and personal freedom. Discuss these questions with a panel of experts, with Ben Davies, Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, presenting technical background.

Oxford Town Hall, Assembly Room, 5pm

Thu 30 Jun - Shakespeare's Tonic

This event will bring together professional actors from Creation Theatre with medical historian Leah Astbury and modern day researcher Martijn van de Bunt to explore some of the medical references in Shakespeare’s plays and how they relate to contemporary science. 

Lady Margaret Hall, Norham Gardens, 7.30pm

Thu 30 Jun - The Neurococktail Bar

Explore the effects of alcohol on the brain in a cocktail session hosted by neuroscientist Elizabeth Tunbridge. Mix a cocktail to lubricate a discussion on why drugs of abuse are pleasurable, and also – by hijacking the brain’s pleasure pathways – why they can become addictive. Explore how our individual genetic make-up influences how our brains respond to drugs of abuse. For those who like their science shaken, and even stirred.

St Aldate's Tavern, Oxford, 7.30pm
Admission: £5/£4 (conc.)/£16 (family)
Suitability: 18+

Sat 2 Jul - Be a cancer detective

Grab your pipette and get a hands on feel for what cancer researchers do in the lab. Learn about what goes wrong with cells to cause cancer and discover different cancer therapies. Part of the Health Day Fair.

Templars Square shopping centre, 11am-5pm

Sat 2 Jul - Cancer Research in Oxford

Fighting Cancer Drug Resistance - can we overcome resistance before it starts?

Templars Square shopping centre, 11am-5pm

Sat 2 Jul - Breathing Works

Lungs, lungs, lungs: what do YOU know about them? Test them, play straw ping pong football, build a lung model, look down the microscope and talk to experts...breathe science! Part of the Health Day Fair.

Templars Square shopping centre, 11am-5pm

Sat 2 Jul - Genes, Trees and Diseases

Discover how sneaky viruses hide from the immune system . Find out how unique you are compared to other visitors with fun, interactive games. Part of the Health Day Fair.

Templars Square shopping centre, 11am-5pm

Sun 3 Jul - Level Up Human!

What are the next steps for human evolution? Level Up Human takes a light hearted look at what it means to be human, and what the alternatives might be. Join science writer and TV presenter Simon Watt, and his guests, for the live recording of an exciting podcast series.

Amey Theatre, Abingdon School, Abingdon-on-Thames, 7pm

Thu 7 Jul

Digital health devices: how mobile computing and communication are shaping the future of health care

Why is it taking so long for mobile devices to become part of routine health care?

Professor Andrew Farmer is a General Practitioner and researcher based at the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences at the University of Oxford. He will focus his talk on care for people with long-term health conditions and on the prospects for using new technologies for improving their health.

Free, 18.15 refreshments for 18.30 start, Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre – Lecture Theatre Level 1

Entry is free but please book your place

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How can chemistry help us tackle heart disease –  one of our greatest medical challenges? The Radcliffe Department of Medicine are teaming up with the Department of Chemistry to showcase pioneering heart disease research taking place in Oxford. Join them at the Chemistry Research Laboratory from 2 till 4 pm on Saturday 10 September, for talks and tours around the chemistry facilities. How can doctors see changes in the heart? How do scientists make new drugs to treat heart disease? What’s my blood pressure and why is it important to keep in check? Sign-up to find out!


Find out about some of the ground-breaking medical research that happens in the Target Discovery Institute. The tours will be led by scientists working in the building who will show you some of the amazing robots and facilities on offer, tell you what it is like to be a scientist and answer your questions on research happening in the building. Please note that the tours must be booked in advance and are only suitable for ages 16+.

There will also be talks in the morning from scientists and a science fair (suitable for all ages) between 10am and 4pm in the basement of the building. No booking is required for these.

A limited number of parking spaces are available. Please contact us to book one. Disabled access is available but please contact us in advance so that we can accommodate your needs.


Lab tours every 30 mins from 10am to 1pm. Talks on history of orthopaedics & research at the centre at 10.30am, 11.30am & 12.30pm. Historical photo exhibition alongside research displays. 


Presentation followed by a guided tour of the department showing historic displays on the pioneering medical research done in the department, especially in the development of Penicillin. 10-11am


Observe and take part in tablet cognitive assessments which are currently used for diagnosis of memory, speech and attention problems in acute stroke patients in the John Radcliffe Hospital. Demos and talks on various brain stimulation techniques and other widely used research techniques. Plus children's activities. 


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There will be displays from the collections in the Entrance Hall / Lounge, plus a 3D-printing demonstration and building tours. All welcome. Readers are invited to participate and bring along friends. 10.30am – 2.00pm (last entry 1.30pm).

22-25 Sep

Visit the Computational Biology Research Group from the MRC WIMM at New Scientist Live!

Join the Computational Biology Research Group and a whole host of household names such as Tim Peake, Alice Roberts and Jim Al-Khalili at New Scientist Live, which will take place from 22-25 September at ExCel London. The team from the MRC WIMM will be there demonstrating new technology which they have developed in collaboration with Goldsmiths University that allows users to fold, bend, push and pull a DNA molecule in 3D, to help us understand how our DNA is packaged into tiny spaces inside our cells. 

Tickets are £25 per adult in advance (£29 on the door) and up to two children under 12 can enter the show free of charge with every paying adult. 

Futher information and ticket booking

Thu 13 Oct

Developments in Mental Healthcare

How genetic studies help us understand mental health conditions and how research into paranoia has led to improved treatments.

Refreshments from 6.15pm for a 6.30pm start
Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre – Lecture Theatre Level 1

Directions to the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre

Thu 17 Nov

Like Mother, Like Child

Professor Paul Leeson, Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine, University of Oxford, Senior Fellow, British Heart Foundation and Head of Oxford Cardiovascular Clinical Research Facility will talk about links between the cardiovascular health of the mother and their child. Up to 10% of pregnancies are complicated by high blood pressure in the mother. Increasingly, it is being appreciated that this problem identifies both a mother and child at risk of high blood pressure at other times in life. An understanding of the biological links between mother and child, which may influence later blood pressure, is being used as a means to develop more effective prevention approaches for later cardiovascular disease.

Refreshments from 6:15 pm for a 6:30 pm start
Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, Lecture Theatre 1, Windmill Road, Oxford, OX3 7LD

Further information and booking details

Don’t Panic

Part of the Being Human Festival

Using the three floors of the Museum for the History of Science, we invite you to explore hopes and fears in relation to science and technology. Using performance the evening will bring to life episodes from history, including the eruption of Krakatoa and Dorothy Hodgkin’s work on penicillin.

The evening combines impromptu and staged performance, and film, with academic interpretation and discussion. Join us for an entertaining and interactive night at the Museum drawing on humanities research at the University of Oxford; the collections of the Museum for the History of Science and the actors of Pegasus Theatre.

7-10.30pm, doors open at 7pm, Museum for the History of Science, Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3AZ.

Please reserve a ticket through Eventbrite.

Fri 18 Nov

Eyes on Diabetes: Research and Innovation

Do you have questions about diabetes? Come and meet the scientists, clinicians and nurses who are working to improve the lives of people living with the condition. The Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism are opening their doors to celebrate World Diabetes Day. Join them from 2-6pm to find out about the latest research into type 1 and type 2 diabetes – from investigating the causes to finding new treatments. As well as interactive stalls from OCDEM research teams and clinical staff, Prof Fredrik Karpe will be giving a public talk about his research into different types of fat and the links to diabetes.

2-6pm, Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endrocrinology & Metabolism (OCDEM), Churchill Hospital Site

Further details

Event poster

Tue 22 Nov

Penicillin: Triumph and Tragedy

Join Dr Robert Bud (Science Museum, London) for the first evening talk in our Back from the Dead programme of events.

Part of the programme of events for the Back from the Dead Special Exhibition at the Museum of the History of Science.

Doors open at 6.30pm, Museum for the History of Science, Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3AZ.

Please reserve a ticket through Eventbrite.

Sat 26 Nov

Behind the Headlines at the Oxford Museum of Natural History

Join medical researchers from the Radcliffe Department of Medicine to find out more about the science hitting the news. Curious about how green tea could tackle heart disease or how tiny fish can help cure blood cancer?  Or perhaps you’d like to take a tour around a DNA molecule to get to grips with ‘big data’. Now’s your chance to investigate, experiment and discover more about the science in the news.

2-4pm, Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Further information


Thu 8 Dec

The Global Threat of Antibiotic Resistance

Bacteria resistant to the effects of antibiotics were discovered shortly after penicillin was licensed and since then the global prevalence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria has increased significantly.  Professor Angela Brueggemann (University of Oxford) explores what is currently being done to tackle this problem.

Part of the programme of events for the Back from the Dead Special Exhibition at the Museum of the History of Science.

Doors open at 6.30pm, Museum for the History of Science, Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3AZ.

Please reserve a ticket through Eventbrite.