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Launch Event Postponed

It is with sadness that we have taken the decision to postpone the launch event of the Society for Natural Sciences planned to take place at The Francis Crick Institute in London on Tuesday 17th March. In the light of the rapidly evolving situation with COVID-19 this is the only sensible course of action for the health and safety of our members and invited guests. This pandemic throws into sharp relief the importance of interdisciplinary scientific approaches to global problems. We hope to reschedule the event and look forward to working with all our members to support  interdisciplinary science and scientists now and in the future.

We will update with details as we are more clear what the national guidance is regarding the COVID-19 situation.

Annual General Meeting

The AGM for the Society for Natural Sciences has been postponed due to COVID-19. More details to follow.

A provisional agenda is provided below.

 Election of Trustees

             Financial Report

             Membership Report

             Activity Report


If you wish further items to be considered for addition to the agenda please email

The Society Launch Event

It is our pleasure to announce the launch event for the Society of Natural Sciences, on March 17th 2020 at the Francis Crick Institute in London, UK.

This event will bring together founding members and welcome supporters of the Natural Sciences. Key speakers will give an overview of their interests and work within the natural sciences, as a now rapidly expanding interdisciplinary network.

With the introduction of Natural Sciences undergraduate and postgraduate courses across the UK, the Society will provide support for educators, learners and graduates.

Date for your diary

This years annual Natural Sciences student conference will be hosted by the University of York on 6-7th April. Please add the date into your diary, and do get in touch if you have interest to attend or be kept up to speed with events as more details are firmed up.

Stunning surroundings of York University promise a great venue for our upcoming event

2nd Annual Natural Sciences Student Conference

27 – 28 March 2018, Lancaster University

On the first day of the conference an excellent Plenary talk was given by Dr Caroline Eames, a Senior Forensic Scientist at Cellmark Forensic Services, “Forensic Science – fact or fiction?” This set the scene really well, bringing in multiple sciences with some truly inspiring case studies. Students gave a series of great talks, with posters on exhibit throughout the event too.

After the first day it was good to decamp out of campus for a conference dinner set in the Lancaster Brewery, which was a hit by all staff and students alike.

Paul Roach, Loughborough

  The second day opened with a fabulous talk by the Head of Lancaster Chemistry, Prof Peter Fielden, “Chemistry in the balance.” This covered a multitude of scientific achievements by Prof Fielden, as well as much humour.

1st Ever UK Natural Sciences Student Conference

Living Systems Institute, University of Exeter, April 2017

The inaugural Natural Science Student Conference took place at the Living Systems Institute at the University of Exeter on the 5th and 6th April 2017. The event was a first opportunity for Natural Sciences Students from around the UK to get together and discuss their undergraduate experiences as well as showcase some of the exciting interdisciplinary research going on across the institutions.

The conference was kicked off in style with an excellent plenary lecture from Professor Dame Julia Slingo, formerly chief scientist at The Met Office, who spoke on ‘A Life in Climate Science: From Monsoons to Climate Change’. She was inspirational talking about her career and the need for a new generation of young, motivated interdisciplinary scientists to develop new technologies and look after our planet. In the evening the University of Exeter Natural Sciences Society hosted a dinner for attendees. Much fun was had by all and many of the students had their first experience of conference networking!

Participants at the First Natural Sciences Student Conference held at Exeter 5-6 April 2017

On day two Professor Nick Stone from the University of Exeter spoke about using Biophotonics to develop novel cancer diagnostic techniques, again focusing on the importance of interdisciplinary science. We then moved on to the student presentations, when undergraduates from all the attending universities presented the outputs of their original research projects. It was fascinating to see both the breadth of research going on but also the high quality of presentations from all students, many of whom had not attended a conference before. Other students had prepared posters on their research and these were of an equally high standard and the source of much academic discussion in the breaks. Prizes were presented for the best presentation and poster and everyone departed with a sense of optimism for the future of interdisciplinary scientific research, and pride in the quality of Natural Sciences students in the UK.

Institutional membership now available

You can purchase institutional membership by getting in touch with our Society. We will be looking to help support the Natural Sciences Network of established and developing multidisciplinary scientists.

If you would like to know more, are interested in becoming a member yourself or would like us to consider providing your next Natural Science student cohort with a bulk membership then please do get in touch.

Ordinary and bulk memberships will be available soon…

Website in development!

Thank you for your interest in the Society for Natural Sciences – we hope to have a basic site working in the next few days, and be adding new features to it in the coming weeks.

Please come back and visit us soon!

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