Building World Class Life Science Businesses – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Dr. Jonathan Milner, Deputy Chairman, Abcam plc

Jonathan Milner, co-founder of Abcam, offers a masterclass in building successful life science starts-ups, based on his experience with over 40 companies and three Tech IPOs on the London AIM Stock Exchange.


Mon 22nd Jan 2018

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Enhancing the Brain and Wellbeing in Health and Disease

Prof. Barbara J. Sahakian

How more effective treatments are being developed through an understanding of the neural basis of cognitive, emotional and behavioural dysfunction


Mon 5th Feb 2018

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Epigenetics - Why DNA Is Not Your Destiny

Dr Nessa Carey

How a complex web of chemical changes can have profound effects on gene expression and life itself


Mon 19th Feb 2018

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Knotted DNA: Mathematical Models and Biological Consequences

Prof. Dorothy Buck

How the mysteries of knot theory, when applied to DNA, are helping to create drugs that inhibit cancer cell replication.


Mon 5th Mar 2018

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CSAR exists to encourage an appreciation of the application of research through lectures, visits, the CSAR PhD student awards and outreach to schools. We make time around these for conversation and interaction, providing excellent opportunities to meet people, make new friends, expand horizons, and network.

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Will the Antarctic Go Green Again? Lessons from its Fossil History

Prof. Jane Francis, British Antarctic Survey

Fossil plants preserved in Antarctic rocks show it was once covered in lush green forests, despite being situated over the South Pole. The fossils provide us with a window into life at high latitudes in our future warm world.

Lecture Mon 13th Nov 2017

Exploring the application of research

Recent speakers include Dr Demis Hassabis, Co-founder and CEO of Google DeepMind on general artificial intelligence; the Astronomer Royal Lord Martin Rees on the world in 2050; Dr Serena Nik-Zainal on the mutational processes in the human genome; Professor Andy Fabian on black holes; and Professor Beverley Glover on how plant evolution influences the behaviour of animals.

Recent visits included NIAB's MacLeod Complex and G’s Growers Cooperative to see the cutting edge of crop research and production; TWI to see world-leading materials joining and engineering processes as applied in industry; and Airbus Defence & Space to see the European Space Consortium’s Mars exploration vehicle under construction.

Members are a broad mix of people, from students and researchers to entrepreneurs and business professionals, from those still at school to those already retired - all from a wide range of backgrounds. We welcome new members to our lectures and other events, and you can apply to join CSAR online. If you’d like to try a lecture or two before you join please select ‘Pay-As-You-Go’ registration. Full details of all membership options are here.

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19th Oct 2017

Google DeepMind and AlphaGo Zero

18th Oct 2017

Himansha Singh, CSAR PhD Student Award winner, profiled as postgraduate pioneer

5th Oct 2017

Jukedeck wins BIMA Award