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

Lessons from a plant virus - 22nd January 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.

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

Structurally unravelling ATP synthase - 22nd January 2018

  • Speaker : Professor John Walker
  • Time : 7:00 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.

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

A Tropical End - 22nd January 2018

  • Speaker : Professor David Heynmann CBE
  • Time : 7:00 pm

  • Join us to learn about tropical medicine and how organisations such as the WHO can respond to public health emergencies like viral outbreaks.

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

A Sleepy Start - 25th January 2018

  • Speaker : Professor Russell Foster
  • Time : 7:00 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

AI – More than just computers - 3rd February 2018

  • Speaker : Professor Lawrence Hunter
  • Time : 7:00 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.

  • Location : Teaching Room 1, Old Divinity School, St John’s College

A Tropical End - 6th March 2018

  • Speaker : Professor David Heymann CBE
  • Time : 5:00 pm
  • Location : Lightfoot Room, 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 like 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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