Life Sciences Teachers' Conference

Friday 16 June 9:00 until 15:45
Fulton Building, University of Sussex

Book your place on to the Life Sciences Teachers' Conference where you will join lively and stimulating sessions on the latest research discoveries in science.

Take part in interactive biology or chemistry lab sessions using experimental approaches that modern scientists follow to answer the ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions in science.

You'll also get the latest information on the career prospects for Life Science graduates.

During the conference, you’ll:

  • hear from leading academics in the School of Life Sciences on their research
  • network with other teachers
  • attend specialist sessions in your subject area.

This free conference also includes lunch. Book your place today

Full programme below:

9.00                 Registration and refreshments  

9.15                 Welcome from School of Life Sciences –  Professor Laurence Pearl FRS, Head of School Fulton A Lecture Theatre

9.30                 The Graduate Careers Market - Karen Field, Careers and Employability Advisor

Hear about life after Sussex for our Life Sciences graduates and how our degrees have equipped graduates for a range of careers

10.00               Refreshment Break

10.30               CPD Lab Sessions               

Chemistry Lab Session run by Dr Shane Lo Fan Hin

The hands-on lab session will involve the synthesis of an unsaturated ketone using the nucleophilic addition of a ketone enolate to an aldehyde. The identity of the product will be determined from given spectroscopic data of starting material (MS, 1H NMR and IR) and product (13C and 1H NMR). There will be the opportunity to characterise the synthesised product by infra-red spectroscopy and melting point to further confirm its identity.

Biology Lab Session run by Maxime Zimmermann, Phillip Bartel and Noora Nevala (all PhD students from the Baden Lab,

In this interactive lab session we will introduce 3D printing and simple electronics as a low-cost and easily accessible tool for building and modifying scientific lab equipment that can be used in teaching and research. Equipment ranges from pipettes to entire microscope set-ups. For more information, please refer to

13.00               Lunch with colleagues and faculty – Fulton G15

13.45               The Pursuit of Meaningful Learning: A key to an inclusive learning, teaching and assessment experience - Buge Apampa, Professor of Pharmacy Education

Learning is at the heart of effective teaching and teaching without learning is of no use. We therefore need to ensure our students engage with meaningful learning, if their time at university is to be of value to self and society. Increasing numbers of students are now accessing HE and many are first generation scholars from non-traditional backgrounds. Their cognitive development as learners depends on faculty engaging with effective methods of teaching and assessments, as well as possessing an understanding of barriers that may exist to students’ learning.

Talk followed by tour of the Pharmacy facilities at Sussex

14.40               Research Hot Topics: the things we are excited about –  Fulton A Lecture Theatre

The CRISPR revolution and its impact on genetics in cell biology -  Dr Helfrid Hochegger

To understand how a radio works, a curious kid takes it apart to understand how things are changed when different pieces are missing.

That’s what geneticists do with cells. We delete genes and see what happens. The advent of CRISPR has opened up a range of exciting new possibilities of taking the genome of human cells apart.

This is revolutionising the way we analyse cells and allows us to answer questions that have been impossible to address for decades.

It also poses dangers to how we can change organisms and will require a careful rethinking of how we prevent a new dawn of eugenics.

In this talk I will introduce CRIPSR, demonstrate its potential for genetic research, and also discuss some of the challenges that lie ahead.

Biodiversity: past & future trends and strategies to halt its loss -  Dr Jörn Scharlemann

We are in the midst of a sixth mass extinction, largely caused by human activities causing declines in biodiversity globally. In this talk I will provide evidence of past and likely future biodiversity loss; outline some conservation policy and actions that aim to address the biodiversity crisis; and assess their effectiveness and likely costs.

15.15               Closing Remarks by Professor Laurence Pearl FRS, Head of School

Programme may be subject to change.

Book your place today and encourage your colleagues to book their place too.

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By: Amy Sweet
Last updated: Friday, 28 April 2017