SEB Florence 2018

Networking events

Networking is one of the most important elements of any conference experience. SEB Florence 2018 has many opportunities to network with colleagues so take a look through the events below to see what we have on offer:

Early career researcher networking mixer
Welcome evening reception
Meet the academics
Poster sessions 1 & 2
Diversity Dinner
Conference Dinner

Early career researcher networking mixer

Date: 3 July 2018, 13:00 – 14:00

Location: Exhibition Hall
Price: Included in registration fee

Are you attending your first conference? Maybe you are travelling alone or worried about meeting new people?

All early career scientists and students are invited to join us during lunch on Tuesday 3 July to network with your peers, meet SEB Council members and senior members of the Society. Why not take the opportunity to gather an audience for your presentation or encourage visitors to your poster during the conference.


Welcome evening reception

Date: 3 July 2018, 19:00 – 21:00

Location: Exhibition Hall
Price: Included in registration fee

After the 1st day of the Annual Meeting, our welcome evening reception will take place in the exhibition hall. It is a great way to meet and catch up with colleagues and friends, old and new, in a relaxed setting whilst enjoying a few drinks.

There will be food and drinks available during the reception. Two drinks vouchers per person will be provided and vouchers can be found in your name badge.


Meet the academics

Date: 4 July 2018,12:55 – 13:35

More information to be available shortly.


Poster sessions 1 & 2

Dates: 4 July 2018, 18:30-19:30; 5 July 2018, 18:00-19:00

Location: Exhibition Hall
Price: Included in registration fee

Join us during the poster sessions to view the research on display, and to share and discuss ideas with your colleagues. Drink vouchers can be found in your name badge.

There are two drinks vouchers per person and non-alcoholic drinks will also be available.


Diversity Dinner

Date: 4 July 2018, 19:30 - 22:00

Location: Firenze Fiera

Prices:
SEB Early Career Scientist and Student Members: £35
SEB Full/Loyal Members: £40
Non-members: £50

Ticket prices will include an arrival drink and a three-course meal with wine.

On behalf of SEB+, the E & D convenor group invites all delegates to the diversity dinner (formerly Women in Science dinner). This networking event is held every year and offers an inspirational three course dinner while listening and discussing societal issues related to science and academia. The diversity dinner in Florence will be held by Kristen Anderson who is Chief Diversity Officer at Barilla Group and based in Parma. Kristen's background as a chemical engineer and having worked in R&D for most of her career, her thoughts on E & D warrant a thought-provoking evening among friends. Please note that registration for the diversity dinner is open to all attendees as it is explicitly meant to be for both genders and all delegates.

Kristen Anderson

Kristen Anderson

Kristen is currently the Chief Diversity Officer for Barilla and has been a member of the D&I Board since its formation in 2013. Kristen reports to the CEO of Barilla and leads a 12 member D&I Board, comprised of internal members from 8 key countries and 2 external advisors. 

Previously, Kristen was VP of R&D for the Asia, Africa and Australia region for Barilla, based in Singapore. She joined Barilla in 2010 as VP of Research, based at the Barilla Headquarters in Parma, Italy.

After a Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering, Kristen joined Kraft Foods R&D in Chicago, where she spent 10 years in positions of increasing responsibility in various roles.

In 1999, she relocated to Melbourne, Australia to assume the leadership of the R&D organization for Kraft Australia/NZ. After 3 years, she moved to Munich, Germany to manage R&D for the Kraft EU Food Categories. In 2007, she joined the Coca Cola Company and transferred to Shanghai, China to lead the building of the Global Innovation and Technology Center and the expansion of the R&D organisation’s capabilities.


Conference dinner

Date: 6 July 2018, 20:00 - Late

Location: Palazzo Borghese

Price: £60
Ticket price will include dinner, refreshments and entertainment.

Palazzo Borghese

Join us at the SEB conference dinner to celebrate the last night of the Annual Meeting at the Palazzo Borghese. After it's reconstruction in the 16th Century, this stunning Palace is one of the most remarkable buildings in the City of Florence.

Come and mingle with your colleagues and dine in this architectural and artistic jewel in the centre of Florence. Guests will enjoy a relaxed dinner with refreshments followed by entertainment.