News From the SEB

30 Sep 2015 - By: Esen Celepi

News from the SEB

Oli & Esen-News from SEB
SEB Events Manager Oliver Kingham with SEB Administrator Esen Celepi 

By Esen Celepi 


The SEB has been a flurry of staff changes this summer, saying goodbye to two members of staff and welcoming two more. 

Goodbye to... 

Talja Dempster, the SEB’s Conference and Communications Manager, left after six years with us and has now taken a new role as Head of Events with the British Pharmacological Society. 
Amelia Benson, the SEB’s Office Administrator, has left after 1½ years with us for a new position at Marie Stopes International.  Amelia has been pursuing a Master Degree in Gender Equality and we are therefore very excited for her new role with Marie Stopes, which will allow her to make a difference in a cause close to her heart! 
We want to say a big “Thank you!” to both Amelia and Talja for their contributions to SEB and wish them good luck in their new roles! 

Hello to...

We are delighted to welcome Talja and Amelia’s replacements: Oliver and Esen! 

Oliver Kingham is the new Events Manager at the SEB. Oliver joined the SEB in July and is settling in very well in his new role. He was previously Events Co-Ordinator at the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland so is very used to a fast paced environment!  Esen Celepi has taken over the Office Administrator role from Amelia. Although new to the SEB, Esen is not a new face in our building, having previously worked as reception staff for Charles Darwin House.  

A warm welcome to both of them and look out for them at an SEB meeting very soon!

SEB Brighton 2016 - Site Visit

As part of his new role, Oliver recently visited the Brighton Centre to check on the preparations for next year’s Annual Main Meeting. Visiting the Conference Centre and local hotel, Oliver ended his trip at the Brighton Pavilion, the historical landmark dating back to the 19th century. Brighton is a beautiful seaside city only an hour from London – we’re sure that you’ll love it as much as we do!


Since April 2015 the SEB has been undergoing a re-brand. The scope of the re-brand was to identify what SEB brings to the world, what our purpose is, what our values are and what makes SEB different from other similar organisations.

Throughout this journey we had a lot of help and input from our members and we would like to thank you all for taking part in our branding survey but also for sending us your stories about how the SEB helps scientists around the world to connect. We enjoyed each and every one of the stories received and it was great to see what SEB means to our members!  In this issue of the magazine we finally reveal the new SEB look with a new design for the magazine. Read all about the re-branding journey and what it means to the SEB community on pages xxxx. We hope you are as excited about the new look as we are! 


In the past few months the SEB has been looking at reviewing our grants portfolio and for this purpose we circulated a survey to all members to get your views on what causes we should be supporting and what new funding schemes you think we should introduce. The survey has now closed and over 350 members provided us feedback. A big “Thank You” to all those that took part! The results of the survey will be used as a basis for the new grants portfolio which we are looking to implement in 2017. 


Author: Esen Celepi
Category: SEB News

Esen Celepi

Esen is the SEB's Administrator and keeps our members up to date by contributing all the news from the office to the SEB Magazine.