SEB Conference 2021


The following OED sessions will take place at SEB 2021 Annual Conference.



  • Hamid Khan
  • Ilaina Khairulzaman

The SEB is very pleased to be partnering with Sense about Science for our Careers Workshops at the SEB Annual Conference 2021.  

Sense about Science is an independent charity that champions the public interest in sound science, and ensures evidence is recognised in public life and policy making. Their workshops encourage early career researchers to make their voices heard in public debates about science, and cover a range of key issues from science policy, media representation, peer review, to public engagement.

The trainers facilitating the session will be:

Dr Hamid Khan - Programme Manager – Research Culture and Quality

Hamid leads Sense about Science’s international programme promoting open and honest discussion of research quality among the research and scholarly publishing communities. He advocates positive changes in research culture that would help to put quality at the heart of the public, policy and media discussion of science and evidence. He is a strong supporter of researchers involving the public at the earliest stage in disseminating and sharing their research findings. As part of this, Hamid leads the Voice of Young Science (VoYS) network in the UK, helping early career researchers and young scientists build confidence in media, policy and public engagement. Hamid is proud to be a leading voice in discussions about how researchers can make their voices heard in the public discourse about science and evidence. Hamid has a PhD in nanoscience from the University of Southampton, where he also completed a Master’s in chemistry.

Ilaina Khairulzaman - Head of international public engagement, training and marketing

Ilaina has been a member of the Sense about Science team since October 2017. Ilaina has a research masters in immunology from Trinity College Dublin and is trained as a bioinformatician. After a year of clicking away on her computer looking at dolphin genes, she realised she much preferred spreading the word of science than she did doing the science. Ilaina works on building the VoYS network in the EU, and encourages early career researchers to start standing up for science, as well as coordinating events and campaigns across the EU.

Open Electronics in Experimental Biology 


Michael Oellermann
Richelle Tanner

Open electronics

Arduino, Raspberry PI and many other open source microcontroller and electronical devices have sparked a revolution in electronical development. Initially designed to appeal to electronic hobbyists, such devices have now formed a global community of "Makers" and inventors with accelerating use in industries and professional research. Novel and innovative research requires customised experiments, but it is often hampered by the lack of readily available equipment or sufficient funding. This research need can be addressed with open electronics devices and electronical DIY skills, which provide very flexible low-cost solutions in the lab and field that can be easily maintained and shared among labs, researchers and students. They can further automatise time-consuming tasks in the lab, improve repeatibility of experiments and lead to novel and creative applications.   The session, "Open Electronics in Experimental Biology", aims to bring together researchers and students from different disciplines to exchange innovative self-assembled electronical solutions and to inspire peers to implement DIY applications into their own research.

  • Hannah Wilson (Utah State University, United States) 
  • Jenny Molloy (Shuttleworth Foundation Research Fellow, Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology,  University of Cambridge, UK)
  • Tobias Wenzel (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile)
  • Rui Seabra (CIBIO-InBIO, Universidade do Porto, Portugal)
  • Jolle Jolles (Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior, Germany)
Related sessions:

Animal biology sessions
Sciences across boundaries biology sessions

Careers and Coffee – Get involved!

At the Annual Conference we will be holding short careers talks each day. These will be 15-20 minute talks followed by 10-15 min Q&A and will cover personal career journeys. These talks may include a general overview of the role, day-to-day tasks, qualifications needed, career prospects, and best and worst aspects of the role (in the opinion of the speaker).

We hope this will give students, ECS, or attendees looking to change career trajectory, an idea of the job opportunities available to someone with a biology PhD or Postdoc experience.

Get involved: If you would like to volunteer to give a talk, know someone who would be suitable, or have a suggestion of a job/career you would like to hear about – then get in contact at with the subject title “Careers and Coffee”.


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