Postgraduate Life Sciences Society


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About Us

Aim 1: Organise enjoyable social events for postgraduate students interested in life sciences to create a supportive network with each other.

Aim 2: To provide opportunities for postgraduate students to get career advice and guidance from post-docs and early career fellows from all areas of life sciences.

Aim 3: To allow like-minded individuals to come together and discuss hot-topics and recent advances in life sciences.


The Postgraduate Life Science Society runs both academic and social events specifically for post-graduates with a common interest in life sciences. We welcome all postgraduate students (PhD and masters) who are studying for a degree or have an interest in any area of life science from anatomy to zoology.  A post-graduate degree can be extremely tough in fact, a study by Exeter’s Students’ Guild in 2015 showed 85% of students at The University of Exeter said they felt stressed and a third stated that the cause was due to a lack of friends or human contact.

Monthly social events aim to give students a brief escape from the tough and high-pressure environment of a postgraduate degree and the opportunity to make new friends. Our social events will include a science themed pub crawl meet-ups with other post-graduate life science societies and a science themed pub quiz. Membership will entitle you to subsided entry to these events and discounted tickets.

Monthly academic events, include a seminar series called 'Life after your PhD', where external speakers will discuss the variety of career options available after your PhD including academia, industry, media, marketing, and policy. We will also run two evening symposiums per year where you can showcase your research and network with external speakers. Members will be offered exclusive attendance to workshops, closed group discussions with academic experts and poster prizes at society symposiums.

*Post-docs, technicians and research assistants are welcome to attend all our social and academic events*


Committee 2020/21

President: Emily Speakman

Vice President: Christina Nikolakopoulou

Treasurer: Rémi Hatinguais

Academic Events Coordinators: Rebekah White and Katharine Clayton

Social Events Coordinators: Dan Larcombe and Heather Bottomley

Communications Officer: Theresa Wacker


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