The Nobel Sessions
  • Devonport Lecture Theatre, Portland Square Building, Plymouth University

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At Plymouth we have a vibrant postgraduate student community that organises a variety of talks and discussions for students and the public.

Our lunchtime sessions cover a wide variety of topics from multidisciplinary speakers at different stages in their academic careers, from undergraduates to PhD students and post-doctorates. 

The aim of the sessions is to promote the understanding of Nobel Prize winning research, which underpins so many of the technologies, medicines and discoveries that we rely on in everyday life (see the Nobel Prize website for more information). 

The sessions also provide a platform for students to practise their presentation skills in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere and improve their science communication skills. 

Outside of University, we also run the annual 'Science in the News Explained' evening session during British Science Week in March, which is aimed at the public and held at the University.

Please visit our Facebook or Twitter page for more information about the sessions, the topics covered and all updates! 

If you would like to get more involved, please don’t hesitate to contact us at nobelsessions@plymouth.ac.uk or leave us a message on our Facebook page. 

All are welcome to our talks. 

The Nobel Sessions are sponsored by the Doctoral Training Centre in Biosciences within Plymouth University.

Wednesday 19 October: Bad Pharma - what happened when we tried to correct the record on 58 misreported clinical trials

  • Speaker: Henry Drysdale, Centre for Evidence-based Medicine, University of Oxford.

Henry Drysdale is a graduate-entry medical student at St Anne’s College, Oxford and is working with Ben Goldacre on the COMPARE project which is attracting quite a lot of attention in the world of clinical trials.

This particular talk is expected to attract some members of the general public and is being both organised and advertised by some outside bodies, for example Plymouth Humanists and ScepticsInThePub.


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Presenting a Nobel Session

We are looking for candidates to give a 30-45 minute presentation on a Nobel Prize or an interesting/controversial theme that has been recently publicised in the news and is related to science. The idea behind it is to have almost a similar 'Science in the News Explained' or TED talk session.

This will be a great opportunity to practise and get feedback on any conference talks coming up or to share your research with a wider audience.

If you would like to take part, then please contact us at nobelsessions@plymouth.ac.uk with one of the available dates from the list below. We look forward to hearing from you.

  • 2016: 11 November, 17 November, 1 December
  • 2017: 12 January, 26 January, 9 February, 23 February, 9 March, 23 March, 6 April, 20 April, 4 May


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