The Cambridge University Biological Society (BioSoc) is a science society dedicated to bringing the finest speakers to Cambridge. We organise regular talks, events as well as our very popular end of year joint garden party. All our talks are free for members and £3 for non-members. Life membership can be purchased for £10 at any BioSoc event.


A list of our upcoming talks can be seen below

Herbal Science - 22nd January 2018

  • Speaker : Dr Merlin Wilcox
  • Time : 7:00 pm

  • King Arthur's Merlin may have been legendary, but BioSoc's Merlin is a ground-breaking scientist, renowned in the field of herbal medicine! Join us for the first talk of the term, where Dr Willcox will discuss his unique approach to combating malaria.

  • Location : Castlereagh Room, Fisher Building St John’s College

A Sleepy Start - 25th January 2018

  • Speaker : Professor Russell Foster
  • Time : 5:00 pm

  • Join us for a talk from the head of the Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute, who will be giving a talk about the reasons and mechanisms behind sleep and napping... make sure you stay awake for this one!

  • Location : Main Lecture Theatre, Old Divinity School, St John’s College

Lessons from a plant virus - 1st February 2018

  • Speaker : Professor George Lomonossoff
  • Time : 7:00 pm

  • Did you know plant viruses are used in medicine? Come hear the John Innes Centre Professor talk about the blurred lines between basic and translational research, using the tobacco and cowpea mosaic viruses as examples. Admission is free for members or £3 for non-members.

  • Location : Main Lecture Theatre, Old Divinity School, St John’s College

AI – More than just computers - 3rd February 2018

  • Speaker : Professor Lawrence Hunter
  • Time : 4:00 pm

  • A talk for computer scientists and biologists alike, come get some insights into the power of bioinformatics and the AI-biology interface from one of bioinformatics' founding fathers. Admission is free for members or £3 for non-members.

  • Location : Lightfoot Room, Old Divinity School, St John’s College

Structurally unravelling ATP synthase - 15th February 2018

  • Speaker : Professor John Walker
  • Time : 7:30 pm

  • Nobel prize winner Sir John Walker will john us to discuss his landmark work on the structure of ATP synthase and exciting new discoveries in its relation to cancer and apoptosis. Admission is free for members or £3 for non-members.

  • Location : Main Lecture Theatre, Old Divinity School, St John’s College

BioSoc AGM - 5th March 2018

  • Speaker : N/A
  • Time : 6:30 pm

  • Come along to vote in and meet your new committee for 2018/19. Free pizza and drinks will be provided! If you are applying for committee roles please send a manifesto to The manifesto should include who you are, what you can bring to the role, as well as new ideas for next year! Information about roles can be found on BioSoc’s Facebook page.

  • Location : Teaching room 2, Old Divinity School, St Johns College

Antibodies Vs Alzheimer's - 8th March 2018

  • Speaker : Dr Francesco Aprile
  • Time : 7:30 pm

  • Worldwide, it is estimated that 50 million people suffer from dementia and that this number will rise to 140 millions by 2050, unless effective treatments are found. Antibodies are powerful tools in clinical research, thanks to their strong binding ability and high specificity. Dr Aprile will present how rational design and protein engineering can be used to generate antibodies as potential therapeutics for Alzheimer's disease, the most common form of dementia.

  • Location : Teaching Room 1, Old Divinity School, St John’s College
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The committee elected for the 2017-2018 year is as follows :

Evvia Gonzales
George Hudson
Cécile Thiaucourt
Victoria Johnson
Dan Mirea
Publicity Officer
Nelli Morgulchik
Outreach Officer
Ellen Palmer
Membership Secretary
Milly Parry
Secretary/ Ents Officer
Toby Baker

Previous committees can be found here:


We partner with Work Ready Graduates to provide new and bespoke opportunities to our members. Whether it be through articles educating BioSoc about internships, or a monthly video which aims to improve interview skills, Work Ready Graduates helps to improve the employability of our students. Under this unique partnership, Work Ready Graduates has built and continues to maintain a Hub on their website which all our members are free to access. Every month, BioSoc announces a new code unlocking the next employability module on this Hub – allowing members to slowly but surely build their skills throughout the year.

We urge you to explore the hub site by clicking on the link below. It’s an exciting and tailored service which we hope will bridge the gap between our weekly talks and the real world of work – we hope you think so too!

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