MCR Gazette / Easter Week 6

Hi all,

image credit: AlexisHope everyone is doing well, and that exam prep and thesis writing is going well. This week, we have the Termly General Meeting tonight in the MCR bar, the bar liqueur tasting tomorrow night in the bar, and MCR formal this Friday, as well as several events around Cambridge.

Have a good week!


Flood Relief for Bosnia, Croatia, and Serbia

As some of you may have heard, Bosnia, Croatia and Serbia have been hit by the worst flooding ever seen in the region in the past 120 years. Many tens of thousands of people have been evacuated, leaving some towns completely deserted.

That is why we would like to ask you as our fellow students, colleagues and friends, to help if you can by supporting the relief efforts in these countries.

For more information on these unfortunate events, as well as on how to help, please read the document attached: Flood relief_Bosnia_Croatia_Serbia

We thank you very much for your support and hope that we can raise awareness and enough help to send back to the people who need it most.

UnLtd Social Entrepreneurship Awards [deadline 31/05/14]

Next deadline: 31st May

If you have an idea for a project to tackle a social or environmental problem in a financially sustainable way or you’re looking for funding to expand your existing project, we’re offering the chance to earn up to £2000 in grant money, alongside support and connections to help get your idea into reality. Next deadline is end of May. To find out more, head to

Oxbridge Biotech Roundtable – “Moving Genomics to the Clinic” [04/06/14]

The Oxbridge Biotech Roundtable present: “Moving Genomics to the Clinic” (June 4th)
As genomics is coming of age, how will it impact healthcare? Join OBR Cambridge on June 4th at 7pm for a panel discussion about the future of medicine. Speakers are:
–       Prof. Mark Caulfield, Chief Scientist of the 100k Genomes Project
–       Dr. Geoff Smith, Vice President, Technology Development, Illumina
–       Dr. Nitzan Rosenfeld, Group Leader, CRUK Cambridge Institute

Please register online for free:

Cambridge Academic Development Seminar Assistant [deadline 05/06/14]

Job description: Seven groups of university students from Asia will attend academic exchange seminars (each lasting around 14 days) in Cambridge. The positions that we are now recruiting include Full-time and Part-time Seminar Assistants. The programme mainly consists of academic lectures, visits, and social activities, which aims to offer students a short yet exciting studying and living experience at Cambridge. The seminars will be in July and August. Schedule will be as follows:

Group 1: 17th July to 31st July;
Group 2: 20th July to 2nd August;
Group 3: 27th July to 9th August;
Group 4: 9th August to 22nd August;
Group 5 and Group 6: 12th August to 25th August;
Group 7: 17th August to 30th August.

Full time

Work with a team to fully accompany a group of students during their 14 days’ stay (any of the six time slots listed on the left) in Cambridge.
Lectures: assist to ensure the smooth flow of the lectures, including preparing lecture rooms, handout, and other materials that lecturers may need.
Visits: assist to organise the visits to help students have a happy and safe tour in Cambridge
Social Activities: organise and actively participate in social activities ; communicate with students to help them have a better idea of studying and living in Cambridge.
Logistics: help with airport pick up, welcome reception, and  so on.

Part time
Engage in some of social activities and tourist visits. Applicant will be informed of the detailed schedule after submitting the application.

Cambridge students only.
Fluent in English.
Good communication and interpersonal skills.
Prior experience in event organising is preferred.

Full time: £600+£200 bonus (depending upon the feedback from students and the project manager)
Part time: £10 per hour

Please send your CV to
In email please specify whether you are applying for Full-time or Part-time positions. Full-time applicant will need to state the group(s) number they apply to join. Qualified applicants will be invited to attend an interview.

Deadline: 5th June, 2014

RAG Charity Auction [07/06/14]

Got your eye on a pair of Trinity May Ball tickets? Fancy taking a tour around the rooftop of King’s College chapel? Want a holidayin a beautiful Northumberland seaside town? 

All this and much more will be on sale at RAG’s annual auction in aid of Dementia UK, this year hosted by a guest Sotheby’s auctioneer. The event will take place at 7:30pm on the 7th June in the Old Combination room, Trinity College. Tickets are £12. Wine and canapes will be provided as will musical entertainment.

For more information and to buy your tickets head to

CUSPE’s Annual Policy Review at the Royal Society [10/06/14]

CUSPE’s Annual Policy Review at the Royal Society
hosted by Cambridge University Science and Policy Exchange
10th June, 6:00 – 10:00 pm, The Royal Society, London
The relationship between evidence and policy is complex and sometimes proves controversial. Policymakers can be heavily criticised if if they are not seen to fully use the available evidence and so are often keen to claim their policies are evidence-based. But within any political or policy decision there are a great number of influencing factors which affect the final integration of ‘evidence’ and outcome. Each year, the Annual Policy Review examine the complexities, and potential barriers to evidence-based policy making.
This year, we will use the suggested minimum alcohol pricing policy as a springboard to explore these issues, discussing factors such as the availability and uncertainty of evidence.
We are delighted to welcome as our speakers:
  • Jill Rutter (Chair), Programme Director at the Institute for Government, former senior civil servant in the Treasury, No. 10, and Defra.
  • Professor Theresa Marteau, Director of the Behaviour and Health Research Unit at the University of Cambridge.
  • Professor Alan Maryon-Davis, Chair of Alcohol Research UK, Honorary Professor of Public Health at Kings College London.
  • Dr Peter Rice, Chair of Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems, Alcohol Policy Lead for Royal College of Psychiatrists (UK), Past Chair of Royal College of Psychiatrists in Scotland.
More speakers will be announced shortly.
The agenda for the evening is as follows:
  • 6.00pm Arrival and registration
  • 6.30pm Lecture
  • 8.00pm Wine reception
  • 9.30pm Close
Members of the Civil Service, Government, academia, and think tanks are all invited to attend. This will be a great opportunity to hear from leading figures at the interface of science and policy on a topical and challenging subject, as well as to network with individuals from diverse sectors with a shared interest in expertise and policy-making, all in the premier scientific academy in the world.

Japan-UK Science, Technology & Innovation Symposium – Battery Innovation: Past, Present and Future [12/06/14; register by 06/06/14]

Thursday June 12th at 14:30 at the Embassy of Japan, London

If you can attend the Symposium, please register no later than Friday 6th June 2014 to Akemi Wedmore ( (All visitors to the Embassy are required to show photo ID)

(Any enquiry, please contact Atsushi Oku, First Secretary (Science & Technology) ( and Akemi Wedmore (

14:30 ? 15:00 Registration and welcome
15:00 ? 15:15 Opening remarks by Embassy of Japan
15:15 ? 16:10 Mr Yoshio Nishi “Li-ion batteries: The Road Taken. And What Lies Ahead?”
16:10 ? 16:30 Intermission
16:30 ? 17:15 Dr Allan Paterson, Johnson Matthey “Advanced Li-ion Battery Systems ? High Performance Going The Extra Mile”
17:15 ? 18:00 Dr Paul Atherton “Creating Wealth from Scientific Innovation ? an Historical Perspective”
18:00 Reception

Today’s innovations in mobile phones, tablets, laptop computers, even cars, depend on high and improving performance from lithium ion (Li-ion) batteries. In fact, we are surrounded by rechargeable Li-ion batteries each day, but we may know little about them. Behind the scenes, technology innovation and dedicated research and development work goes on – with sometimes dramatic results.

At national level, both the UK and Japan are strong investors in science and technology and with strong domestic markets, each views innovation as an important source of competitive advantage. In May this year, a UK-Japan Joint Statement1 underlined the importance of cooperation in science, technology and innovation in driving economic growth and addressing global issues, and expressed the expectation that the UK Japan Joint Committee on Cooperation in Science and Technology will set the future direction in this area.The UK is already the second largest destination for Japanese investment after the US.

Japan and the UK have a history of co-operation in rechargeable battery design dating back over 25 years. Following the Oil Crisis in the mid 1970’s, a number of new advanced battery technology developments were initiated in the UK, originally targeted for the anticipated growth in electric vehicles. At that time, several European development programmes focused on advanced battery materials for rechargeable lithium batteries, including work by Professor John Goodenough at Oxford University on a lithium cobalt oxide cathode. The UKAEA co-ordinated these efforts in the UK and built a strong IP portfolio around materials, some of which was subsequently licensed to SONY Corporation and later to a number of other major battery companies in Japan to support a rapidly growing demand for emerging consumer electronics products. In Japan, SONY had completed a ground-breaking development programme, the results of which eventually led in 1991 to the first successful commercial introduction of a high performance Li-ion battery. The chemistry of this battery is still recognisable in the batteries we use today. The high energy density, lack of memory effect and the smaller, lighter form factor of Li-ion batteries have resulted in their dominance in the rechargeable battery market.

Some of the people who carried out the original work at UKAEA are now employed at Nexeon, and their considerable expertise is being put to good use. While carbon was the traditional anode material used for Li-ion cell anodes, the quest for higher performance led to the development at Nexeon of silicon anode alternatives. Nexeon has recently completed a TSB-funded project with Axeon (now Johnson Matthey Battery Systems) and St Andrews University, with the aim of developing new battery chemistry for electric vehicles. The project is a good example of accelerated knowledge transfer from university-based fundamental material research to optimized synthesis and scale up for production.

Both Nexeon and Johnson Matthey are active collaborators with Japanese corporations today, and both have offices in Japan. Nexeon was part of the UKTI Trade Mission to Japan in 2012. The company now works with major Japanese OEMs to develop its materials technology for specific applications including consumer electronics and electric vehicles. Johnson Matthey’s Environmental Technologies and Precious Metals Divisions both work actively in Japan, which is a significant market for the company’s product range.

Three presenters who are experts on technology innovation talk about the past, present and future of Li-ion batteries, and the benefits of technology innovation.

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