SEB Florence 2018 - Programme

SEB+ Education Sessions

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The following SEB+ sessions will be taking place at SEB Florence 2018.

Science with Impact - Crowd sourcing and citizen science

Date: 3 July 2018

The annual Science with Impact session is chosen to address a topic that crosses disciplines and has relevance to both scientists and the public.
Citizen Science and Crowdsourcing cover a wide range of activities that broadly encompass public participation in addressing scientific questions. They are not new phenomena, but a recent explosive rise in activity due to widespread expansion and improvements of communication technologies has given them power and potential on an unprecedented scale. Scientists all over the world are using data, analyses and ideas from the general public. How best to harness this resource, which projects are most suitable and how participation benefits society will all be discussed in this this session. Three short talks will be followed by questions and answers.

  • Martin Brocklehurst (European Citizen Science Association, Germany)
  • Deborah Cohen (Editor, BBC Radio Science, UK)
  • Steffano Goffredo (Marine Science Group, University of Bologna, Italy)

Teaching biology at different scales: Challenges, opportunities and strategies

Date: 3 July 2018

Who should submit:

Researchers with interest in the following areas: Bioscience-related research field who are looking for inspiration and advice on teaching, including opportunities to reflect on and discuss different pedagogical techniques.


Katharine Hubbard (University of Hull, UK)
Lucy Tallents (University of Oxford, UK)

  • Sunita Chowrira (University of British Columbia, Canada) - The BioFlex approach - Supporting first-year student success in large-class Biology and more
  • Joanna Smith and Dan Thornham (Bangor University, UK) - Size matters, but what you do with it also counts: Strategies to break down the large class experience
  • Nicola Veitch (University of Glasgow, UK) - Effective e-learning strategies in a digital age
  • Katja Strohfeldt-Venables (University of Reading, UK) - Teaching large and diverse classes: A very practical approach

Scientific education occurs at many different scales, from personalised technical training through large-scale lectures and practical classes, to online courses with thousands of participants.  Larger classes contain a greater diversity of learners with respect to educational background, cultural contexts and personal barriers to learning. Extending education across borders also raises issues of geographical and temporal spread. Expansion and internationalisation of technical education therefore increases the demands on scientific educators, who must ensure teaching quality in the face of rising student numbers and diversity. Teaching at different scales may also require use of alternate physical and digital teaching resources. However, rich interactions between individuals and personalised feedback can be supported by teaching practices, and appropriate use of educational technology. 

This session will explore the scalability of teaching methods, and ask how we can maintain educational impact when teaching at different scales. ‘How To’ workshops will promote sharing of practical advice for dealing with different class sizes, including technological solutions. This session will benefit all those teaching either at undergraduate or postgraduate level, and will be particularly useful for early-career researchers embarking on their first formal teaching experiences, or those wishing to diversify their approach to teaching at scale.

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Embracing your animal care, welfare and use committee - a win-win situation

Date: 4 July 2018

Who should submit:

Researchers with interest in the following areas: all animal biologists


Penny Hawkins (RSPCA, UK)

  • Susanna Louhimies (European Commission, Belgium) - The role that the EU Animal Welfare Body plays in facilitating better science, and how researchers can contribute
  • Penny Hawkins (RSPCA, UK) - Communicating with committees - what do they really want to know?
  • Tania Boden (UCB, UK) - Working with animal technologists - the foundation of your science
  • Luca Melotti (University of Münster, Germany) - The ethical review process in Bern - a case study highlighting the advantages and opportunities for improvement

Science and animal welfare in research facilities can be significantly improved through the instrumental work provided by institutional animal care, welfare and use committees. These bodies and committees include Animal Care and Use Committees (ACUC) in the US and Canada, the Animal Welfare and Ethical Review Body (AWERB) in the UK and, more recently, Animal Welfare Bodies (AWB) which now operate now across the European Union. 

Each member has much to offer their local committees, from helping to ensure a good understanding of the research conducted at the facility and its overall objectives, to increasing knowledge of animal welfare and care requirements.  Open and constructive discussions between members with different roles and backgrounds, such as animal technologists, veterinarians and scientists, will benefit mutual understanding and relations – providing the foundation for a good Culture of Care.

The session will discuss what local committees can offer and achieve, from an international perspective, providing case studies of Three R's (replacement, reduction and refinement) and scientific benefits through positive contributions from different members; scientists, veterinarians and animal technologists and care staff. It will explain how each member can effectively communicate, interact with and support local committees in a variety of ways, providing a strong foundation for a good Culture of Care, which benefits animals, staff and science. 

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Careers workshops

Getting the message across: communicating your science to different audiences

Dates: 5 July 2018 (14:10 - 16:10) and 6 July 2018 (09:00 - 11:00)


Zoe Self Davies (Royal Veterinary College, UK)
Anne Osterrieder (Science Communication Convenor, SEB+)

Public Engagement - some of us love it, some of us fear it. However you might feel about reaching out to new audiences beyond your academic peers, one thing is certain: it is no longer considered an optional ‘addition’ to good research practice. Communicating science to wider audiences has become an expectation of many funding bodies, and can be key in clinching a permanent position in research when the competition is high. So, how do we go about communicating complex concepts to school children, and how do we ensure that the right message gets across to the media?

In this workshop, we will be discussing how to communicate our science to different audiences, from 6 year olds to 6000 Twitter followers, from journals to journalists, and from interested publics to hard-to-reach minorities. This session welcomes early career scientists, looking to take their first steps into public engagement, and seasoned science communicators alike. We will be sharing ideas, successes and failures, and use interactive exercises to get you to explore new ways of communicating your work.

Please note: Spaces for these workshops are limited and will be booked on a first come, first served basis.

Meet the academics

Date: 4 July 2018 (Lunchtime session)


George Littlejohn (Section Chair, SEB+)

Early career scientists who are considering or building a career in academia are invited to join us for an informal lunchtime discussion session, with the opportunity to ask questions about academic career progression to members of all four SEB section committees and this year's President's Medallists.