The Conference on Everything is the pinnacle of academic life in College. MCR students are invited to present their research through talks and posters to an audience composed of the other Churchillians – students and fellows. As the title suggests, we get a truly wonderful variety of topics at the conference that aims to please the curios among us. Usually we invite a famous speaker who has a connection with College for the keynote talk. Previous speakers have included: Iraqi Ambassador Salah Al-Shaikhly; Micheal Green; Julian Huppert, and David Spiegelhalter. A poster competition is held before dinner, and the best poster gets awarded the Alex Mischenko Prize.
The nature of the conference is to share in the collective creativity and ingenuity of Churchill’s research students, and so the conferences are free to attend and guests from outside of Churchill are more than welcome. Breaks for refreshments and wine during poster displays are also included for your enjoyment.
This Year’s Conference on Everything
2014′s Conference on Everything will be held on Saturday the 26th of April in the wonderful Fellows’ Dining Room. The hall is slightly smaller than the previous venue at the Wolfson Hall, which is inline with the revamping of the conference to be more fast-paced, summative and audience centric. There are talks and posters, with generous prizes and a panel of Churchill’s finest to judge who’s worthy of them! The attached flyer and mini-summary below gives a quick overview of the event, and a book of abstracts (more abstracts to come later) is available for a more detailed read of the presentations and posters too. (Please note that the key note speech has been omitted this year as part of the revamped format.)
We aim to bring you an entertaining and fast-paced yet refreshing set of 12 presentations, each of 6 minutes (plus 3 minutes for questions), followed by a more relaxed and wine complimented poster session. Prizes will be awarded for both the best presentation and the best poster. It would be our pleasure to see you at the conference, and we hope you will enjoy this great opportunity to take in the hard work of Churchill’s postgraduate students!
Saturday 26th April 2014Where:
Fellows’ Dining Room (Presentations)
Jock Colville Hall (Posters)
3:30 – Tea and Coffee Reception
4:00 – Presentations Start
6:00 – Judges Break
6:15 – Presentation Award Ceremony
6:30 – Drinks Reception and Poster Session
7:15 – Alex Mischenko Prize for Best Poster
7:30 – Approximate End Time
The events will start at 3:30pm on Saturday the 26th of April with a friendly tea, coffee and snacks reception. From 4pm the presentations start – a mixture of 12 presentations lasting 6 minutes with 3 minutes for questions. The topics are as varied as they are interesting. This year’s competitive prizes will be marked with an emphasis on crowd pleasing – be prepare to be entertained whilst expanding your horizons to take in the creative research here at Churchill! A short break at 6pm allows judges time to convene before announcing presentation prize winners at 6:15pm. The wine and cheese reception will coincide at 6:30pm with the poster session in the Jock Colville Hall – so come and enjoy a glass of wine whilst mingling with researchers in the friendliest of atmospheres that we have become accustomed to here at Churchill. Prizes for posters will be announced at 7:15pm, with the drinks reception closing around 7:30pm as formal hall commences for the graduate student dinner.
Conference on Everything 2013
Last year’s Conference on Everything took place on April 27th 2013 in the Wolfson Hall. The poster session was held in the SCR Corridor.
Here are the photos kindly taken by Giorgio Divitini on the day. Unfortunately the photos of the presenters are a bit dark, because there was no flash used.
The 2013 conference’s keynote was delivered by Prof Leader-Williams, who is the current director of Conservation Leadership. He is interested in applied ecology and endangered species management, law enforcement and illegal use of wildlife, and other interdisciplinary aspects of conservation: http://www.geog.cam.ac.uk/people/leader-williams/
That evening is the Advanced Students’ Dinner. All the graduate students are invited, and this is a great opportunity to dine with College fellows. This Conference is a great opportunity to practice giving academic presentations to an audience with varied backgrounds, and the width of subjects ranges from airport architecture to child migration in Ghana, guaranteeing interesting bits for everyone.
Conference on Everything 2012
2012′s conference was held on Saturday May 5th, 2012 Prof. Nicholas Bingham, Senior Investigator at Imperial College and Visiting Professor of Mathematics at London School of Economics delivered the keynote address.