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General News

2015 Standing Committee Open Meetings

25 Mar 2015

If you want to be involved in shaping the future of SCI, you can share your thoughts at the upcoming open Standing Committee meetings. The chairs and members of the Publications Advisory Committee (PAC) and Membership Affairs Committee (MAC) invite SCI members* to join their open meetings. The Standing Committees value the input of Society members at open meetings and welcome the opportunity to share their work with the wider membership and to encourage more participation.

2015 SCI Elections: Challenges for Candidates

24 Mar 2015

Like other similar societies we face significant challenges in the next few years to recruit and, importantly, retain members; particularly active members. SCI Members are encouraged to put themselves forward for election as Trustees or Standing Committee Members to steer the long-term direction of the society and contribute their experience and ideas to shaping its future.

Can science and technology provide food security – or will we go hungry?

23 Mar 2015

Dr David Evans, former Head of R&D at Syngenta, explains the challenges currently facing food producers in his talk on science and technology and food security, which took place in early March at Charterhouse. Existing technology, such as mineral fertilisers, crop protection and plant breeding has already ensured that food production can keep up with growth of population; however more is needed to be done as by 2050 we need to double our food production – but is the arable land needed up to par?

Exploring the Past, Present and Future of Anti Cancer Drug Design

20 Mar 2015

The discovery of effective anti-cancer drugs represents one of the greatest challenges to face humanity. There are more than 200 forms of cancer, each with different causes, symptoms and treatments. In this talk at the New York University in London on 29 April, Dr Waring will describe the role medicinal chemistry has played in the development of today's established treatments, modern approaches to targeted therapies and future challenges in tackling resistance to these therapies.

Biofuels: Status Quo and Future Prospects

19 Mar 2015

SCI's Biotechnology Group is hosting Biofuels – Hype or Reality? on 28 April in London. The event will provide an opportunity to discuss the pros and cons, opportunities and also challenges that the biofuel process encounters. Join leading researchers from industry and academia as they share the most recent findings related to biofuels.

SET for Britain Awards 2015 – Nanomaterials wins again

17 Mar 2015

The 2015 SET for Britain Awards took place at the House of Commons on 9 March 2015 to encourage early career researchers to interact with their MPs and Parliament and to give them a platform to showcase their research work in Parliament in the form of a poster competition. SET stands for Science, Engineering and Technology.

Appetite for allergens

16 Mar 2015

Two months on from the introduction of The Food Information for Consumers Regulation, the SCI Food Group arranged an evening to give food industry professionals an opportunity to hear an overview of the changes.

Is it all it's fracked up to be?

13 Mar 2015

Fracking is a hot topic which explains why one hundred attendees including current SCI Honorary President, Paul Booth, chairman of SABIC UK Petrochemicals, turned up to hear Professor Michael Stephenson discuss the facts and factoids surrounding shale gas and hydraulic fracturing at the Shale gas and fracking: the science behind the controversy event.

KickStart your Scientific Career

11 Mar 2015

SCI Liverpool & North West Group hosted another outstandingly successful KickStart evening in the Chemistry Department of Liverpool University in February this year. This annual event brings together business men and women, working in the chemistry and allied industries, with undergraduate and post graduate science students.

Welcome back to the SCI e-Forums

11 Mar 2015

SCI is pleased to share further details on the updated Forums. The forums are open to all, and offer you a great opportunity to share your news and updates. So, whether you have an event planned or want to start a discussion about a hot topic in your field, why not add a post to the forums?

Food Allergens Post Implementation of Food Regulations - Conference Papers

10 Mar 2015 Food Allergens Post Implementation of Food Information Regulations was held on Tuesday 24 February 2015 at SCI, London and had over thirty attendees.

Who is afraid of Biotechnology?

10 Mar 2015

On 9 December 2014, SCI held its Biotechnology Group’s Annual General Meeting at Belgrave Square. The event overviewed the group’s activities for the year and this was followed by presentations from six group members.

Sense About Science: latest events and activities

09 Mar 2015

SCI is pleased to bring you news from our Collaborative Partner Sense About Science. Sense About Science works with scientists and members of the public to change public debates and to equip people to make sense of science and evidence. Find out about the latest events and activities.

Early Career news and events

09 Mar 2015

A number of events are being set up by SCI's Regional and Technical Groups for Early Career Scientists. Keep an eye on our events calendar and make the most of support being offered to PhD students, postdocs, and those starting out in industry or academia.

BCIC 2015: call for speakers

06 Mar 2015

Exergy Ltd. are delighted to be holding the Biocomposites in Construction (BCIC) Conference - which will be held at SCI, London on May 21 and 22, 2015.

The many faces of Carbon, 16 April 2015

06 Mar 2015

The SCI, RSC and IOP British Carbon Group are pleased to announce the programme for their spring meeting entitled ‘The Many Faces of Carbon’ to be held on the 16 April 2015 at the British American Tobacco Group Research & Development centre in Southampton.

Beer and Bloomers 12 June 2015

04 Mar 2015

The SCI London Group have organised another social event. The theme is beer and bloomers as we are visiting both the garden of Chiswick house and Fuller's Griffin Brewery on Friday 12 June.

Public Evening Lecture: Prof Michael Stephenson - video now available

03 Mar 2015

SCI welcomed Prof Michael Stephenson to present the January Public Evening lecture to a packed auditorium on 29 January 2015. The video of the lecture is now available for you to view.

Horticulture Group Newsletter March 2015

02 Mar 2015

This month's Horticulture Group Newsletter is packed full of news and details on upcoming events. Of note this month, is the congratulations due to SCI Horticulture Group member, Peter Seabrook MBE VMH, who was given a Lifetime Achievement Award at this years Grower of the Year Awards.