MCR Gazette / Easter Week 6

Hello Churchillians,gazette

Hope you had a good week.

Please be reminded that Rebecca is away until Tuesday (2nd of June). Also the Tutor’s Lunch will take place in the Sandy Ashmore Room (MCR) this Wednesday – a sign should be put up when this is in progress.

As usual, if you have questions or suggestions or items to add to the Gazette, please email me at



College/MCR Events

[01/Jun/2015] Mentoring Common Table, Dining Hall



University/Society Events

[06/Jun/2015] Hack the Lab: Temperature – controlling, measuring and experimenting with it

Saturday 6 June, 12:00-17:00, Makespace classroom, 16 Mill Lane, Cambridge


The third instalment of the monthly ‘Hack the Lab’ meetup on open hardware (and software) for science will be focusing on temperature: how to control it, measure it and perform experiments in temperature-controlled conditions. We’ll be discussing useful components and their pros and cons in addition to seeing presentations and demos of work on open lab tools from the Engineering Department.


[15/Jun/2015] Cafe Synthetique

Monday 15 June, 18:00-20:00, The Panton Arms, Panton Street, Cambridge


“Lab on the cheap: 3D printed microscopes, translation stages and more”
Richard Bowman (University of Cambridge)


OpenPlant Fund Mixer – The OpenPlant Fund will support innovative, open and interdisciplinary projects relevant to plant Synthetic Biology. Come along to find out more about this opportunity, pitch your ideas and find collaborators!



Seminars and Talks

[08/Jun/2015] Effective Policy to Address the UK’S STEM Gap: Education, Immigration & Women in Science

Monday, 8 June 2015 from 5:30 pm
Pfizer Lecture Theatre, Department of Chemistry, Cambridge, CB2 1EW

Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) are fields at the heart of innovation and the UK’s economy, yet recent YouGov research shows that, according to both businesses and academics, nearly 60% of employers of STEM graduates think there is a skills gap in Britain. What policy interventions are needed to maintain the UK as a future STEM leader? At this event, a panel of leaders will discuss the vast number of areas of policy, from education to immigration, which affect the STEM job market and status of the UK from the perspective of academia, industry and government.

Confirmed speakers for this policy debate include:

* PROF DAME ATHENE DONALD – L’Oreal Unesco Laureat, University Gender
Equality Champion, and Royal Society Council member and Education
Committee Chair, as well as Cambridge Gender Equality Champion.
* PAUL JACKSON – Chief Executive of Engineering UK.
* SARAH KUIJLAARS – Vice President of Finance and STEM ambassador, Royal Dutch Shell plc.
* NIVA THIRUCHELVAM – Head of Student and Short-term Migration Policy, Home Office and Policy Fellow at the Centre for Science and Policy.

Full bios for the speakers:

Sign up now to get involved in the debate about this topical and fascinating policy issue:



Conferences and Grants

[02/Jun/2015] Churchill College Small Grants

[Small] grants (up to a maximum of £350) are usually made for sports or  similar expenses where the student is representing the University or  playing at national level, or for specific events or travel which are  related in some way to the student’s College/University activities.

Deadline: 2nd of June

For full details:


[11/Jun/2015] Cambridge University Energy Network – Annual Conference

CUEN is delighted to announce that registration is finally open for CUEN’s Annual Energy Conference!

When: 11 June 2015
Where: Buckingham House Conference Centre, Murray Edwards College

Title: “Sustainable Energy Price: Unravelling the Nexus”

The conference will focus on examining the challenges and opportunities arising from the recent changes in international energy price from economic, technological, political, and climate change perspective.

The confirmed speakers include:

1. Stephen Tindale, CEO, Alvin Weinberg Foundation
2. Professor Michael Pollitt, Assistant Director, Energy Policy Research Group, University of Cambridge
3. David Hone, Senior Climate Change Adviser, Royal Dutch Shell
4. Ian Scott, Managing Partner, Moltex Energy
5. James Luger, Senior Manager, Sustainable Development, OFGEM
6. Clive Elsworth, Owner, Endorphin Software Ltd
7. Dr. Mostyn Brown, Pöyry Management Consulting

You can register at our official CUEN Annual Conference website at:


[30/Jun/2015] OpenPlant Fund

The OpenPlant Fund aims to promote the development of plant Synthetic Biology as an interdisciplinary field and to facilitate exchange between The University of Cambridge, the John Innes Centre and The Sainsbury Laboratory for the development of open technologies and responsible innovation in the context of Synthetic Biology. Grants of £5000 are available for innovative, open and interdisciplinary projects and the closing date is 30 June 2015.

Find out more by attending the events below or visiting


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