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Meet the Young Academics
Autumn 2016
31 October 2016

With only enough academic positions to employ around 5% of PhD students, there comes a time when every young researcher must decide whether to try and ‘make it’ in academia or chose another career path. During the lunchtime Question and Answer session “Meet the Young Academics” at SEB Brighton 2016, our early-career delegates were able to find out just what it takes to land that elusive tenured position. Our panel featured plant, animal and cell biologists, all of whom were current or past SEB president’s medallists. Together they demonstrated the diversity of career paths available across different nations.

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Improving rice yields - Woolhouse lecture
Autumn 2016
31 October 2016

The Woolhouse lecture – now a traditional event at the SEB Annual Meeting - pays tribute to the remarkable botanist and plant physiologist Harold Woolhouse (1932-1996). A former influential president of SEB, Harold was Director of the John Innes Centre between 1980 – 1989, transforming it into an international centre of excellence for the plant sciences. Each year, the SEB invites one of the modern generation of plant pioneers to describe how their work is pushing the frontiers of knowledge and technology even further. At SEB Brighton 2016, Jane Langdale (Professor at the University of Oxford) introduced us to exciting research aimed at improving rice yields.

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Do you know your 3Rs?
Autumn 2016
31 October 2016

Whether you work on zebrafish, mice or frogs, it has never been so important for scientists to demonstrate ethical practices when using animals in research. Between 29 June-1st July, over 60 delegates met in London at the SEB Animal Symposium, “Improving experimental approaches in animal biology: Implementing the 3Rs” to share ideas and best practice for reduction, refinement and replacement in animal experiments.

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In remembrance of Roger Woledge 1938 - 2015
Autumn 2016
31 October 2016

A well-known and cherished member of the SEB community, Roger Woledge was thrilled to be invited to give the Bidder Lecture at the 2016 meeting in Brighton. Tragically, just after accepting the invitation, he died in a riding accident on 13 March 2015 at the age of 76. Three of his closest colleagues – Nancy Curtin, Chris Barclay and Di Newham – spoke in his stead to give us an insight into the diverse career and personal qualities of this extraordinary scientist.