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

Stories about life - 10th October 2017

  • Speaker : Dr Tim Weil
  • Time : 7:00 pm

  • Into Drosophila and early embryogenesis? Come hear about exciting molecular discoveries from the popular Cambridge lecturer, as well as the joys of research and what makes it fun.

  • Location : Lecture Theatre - Department of Plant Sciences

Science and the world - 27th October 2017

  • Speaker : Dr Bruce Alberts
  • Time : 7:00 pm

  • The renowned author of "The Cell" is striving to spread science to all corners of society and the world- more about his reasons and methods in this highly anticipated talk.

  • Location : Lecture Theatre - Department of Plant Sciences

Of elephants and men - 30th October 2017

  • Speaker : Caitlin Black and Derek Murphy
  • Time : 7:00 pm

  • In this join talk with the Wildlife Conservation society, you can find out more about recent and current research on elephant ecology and conservation.

  • Location : Castlereagh room - St John's College

PhD Information Evening - 31st October 2017

  • Speaker : Various
  • Time : 7:00 pm

  • Extremely keen to do a PhD? Or still not sure if you can make the commitment? US or UK? Rotation or not? All these questions and more will find answers at our PhD information evening! Join us for a panel of dedicated speakers with experience in graduate admissions, for the chance to get first hand advice on how to apply for a PhD and for networking - drinks and snacks provided!

  • Location : Bristol-Myers Squibb Lecture Theatre, Department of Chemistry

BioSoc Internship Event - 6th November 2017

  • Speaker : Speaker to be confirmed
  • Time : 7:30 pm

  • Any plans for the summer? You probably want to gain a bit of experience, have fun and write something impressive on your CV when the autumn comes? We are organising an internship event for students interested in biological sciences. You will hear from the students who participated in Amgen Scholars Summer Research Programme, CHaOS Science Roadshow, Project Leaders of SynBio Society and the Biomaker Challenge Coordinator! There will be a networking session after the talks, and you will be able to ask students, who did internships for advice over drinks and snacks! Whether you are a member or not, it is free to attend, so don't miss out! We will send a list of programmes and studentships available for 2018/2019 with the deadlines shortly after the event, so sign up to the mailing list if you want to receive it at the event!

  • Location : Cripps Court, Magdalene College, 1-3 Chesterton Road

A map in the mind - 16th November 2017

  • Speaker : Dr Julija Krupic
  • Time : 7:00 pm

  • Have you ever wondered how the brain's GPS works? The UCL researcher's talk will be all about place cells, the Nobel prize-winning discovery of 2012

  • Location : Lightfoot Room - St John's College

Hunting Monsters - 23rd November 2017

  • Speaker : Dr Darren Naish
  • Time : 7:00 pm

  • The author of the popular TetZoo blog will on recent developments in cryptozoology and discuss his latest book.

  • Location : Fisher Buidling, St John's College

Energy and matter at the origin of life - 27th November 2017

  • Speaker : Professor Nick Lane
  • Time : 6:00 pm

  • Addressing the question that puzzles us all, the UCL professor will be exploring how geochemistry might have given rise to biochemistry in alkaline hydrothermal vents.

  • Location : St John's College - Main Lecture Theatre

Finding medicine where you least expect it - 30th November 2017

  • Speaker : Professor Christina Smolke
  • Time : 6:00 pm

  • The Stanford synthetic biologist will discuss how bioengineering can create new supply routes for drugs, and her work in creating yeast cells that synthesis opioids from sugar.

  • Location : Boys Smith Room, Fisher Building, 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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