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

Learning and memory: a novel insight - 23rd January 2019

  • Speaker : Dr Melanie Stefan
  • Time : 6:00 pm

  • BioSoc's first event of Lent Term! Join us for an intriguing talk by Dr Melanie Stefan who looks at the novel approach of using computer models to study learning and memory interactions in the brain. These pioneering models simulate the connections in the brain as well as giving a direct insight on the strengthening required for distinct memories to form. Dr Stefan will also present the challenges associated with "zooming out" when looking at the bigger system on the whole. Free food and drink as always! Free for BioSoc members, £3 for non-members You can become a member at the talk!

  • Location : Pfizer Lecture Theatre, Department of Chemistry, Lensfield Rd, CB2 1EW

Wellcome’s role on global health and scientific policy challenge - 8th February 2019

  • Speaker : Ed Whiting, Director of Policy and Chief of Staff
  • Time : 6:00 pm

  • The Wellcome Trust exists to improve health and help great ideas thrive. As Director of Policy and Chief of Staff, Ed Whiting plays a leading role in supporting this. He is responsible for influencing policymakers around the world to support Wellcome’s objectives. With his history in public and financial policy, he is well positioned to support priority areas such as preparing for Brexit, antimicrobial resistance, pandemic responses and enabling the uptake of new research into technologies that will have a significant positive impact on health. We hope you can join us for this exciting talk at 6pm on Friday 8th February! Snacks and drinks will be provided! Entry is free for members and £3 for non-members – lifetime membership can be bought at the talk for £10!

  • Location : Pfizer Lecture Theatre, Department of Chemistry, Lensfield Rd, CB2 1EW

Does seeing help you to hear better? - 18th February 2019

  • Speaker : Professor Jennifer Bizley, UCL
  • Time : 6:00 pm

  • In the last decade, there has been an exciting shift in our understanding of the different senses. Professor Jennifer Bizley from UCL, who is an expert in this fascinating area, presents us with the question of whether vision helps in auditory processing. The talk will also look at how vision and hearing together can inform our decision making as well as the effect of our attentional state on both senses. Free for members, £3 for non-members Lifetime membership can be purchased at the talk for £10! Snacks and drinks will be provided as always!

  • Location : Pfizer Lecture Theatre, Department of Chemistry, Lensfield Rd, CB2 1EW
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The committee elected for the 2018-2019 year is as follows :

Mithun Kumaran
Rosie Thistlethwayte
Katie Francis
Anmol Arora
Publicity Officer
Cheryl Jiang
Sponsorship Director
Katy Addison
Membership Secretary
Jia Jun Lee
Social Secretary
Soma Turi

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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We are extremely grateful to the following sponsors :