Research seminar series

Spring Semester Meetings, 2019.

Autumn Seminar series is to be held on Mondays in 3A142. Seminars start at 1pm.

Stuart Auld is co-ordinating the seminar series.

Instructions for B.E.S. Hosts

It is expected that those inviting speakers will act as the Host, i.e. deal with directions here, introduce them and if they're staying overnight organise drinks/meal. In some cases it might even be appropriate to put a speaker up in your own house. Hosts are expected to arrange dates, and deal with expenses:

1. In advance

Staff are expected to invite speakers for a free slot in the seminar diary, arrange and confirm dates. Then through emailing Stuart the diary will be updated. Seminar Series is to be held on Mondays at 1pm, room booking to be confirmed.

2. On the day

Seminar Room 3A142. Please allow speakers to allow speakers to familiarise themselves with the room and get PowerPoint presentations loaded. 3A142 is well equipped with presentation aids, slide and overhead projection equipment.

A trip to the Meadowpark pub after the presentation and discussion is suggested after the talk as this would be a nice way of finishing the day. It also provides an opportunity for students to talk to the speaker less formally.

3. After the event

Expenses claim forms will be available for the Host to give to the speaker.

Spring 2020 Semester



Title of Presentation


B.E.S. Host

13 January 2020

Start of Semester

03 February 2020

Dr Nisha Ramkissoon Searching for signs of life on Mars The Open University Christian Schröder

10 February 2020

Prof. Vinicius Brit How does pollinator dependence affect plant reproductive trait evolution and diversification? University of Uberlandia, Brazil Mario Vallejo-Marin

17 February 2020

Mid-semester (17 February - 21 February)

16 March 2020

Dr Arthur Broadbent Why we should study multiple drivers of global change University of Manchester Tom Parker

23 March 2020


30 March 2020


06 April 2020


13 April 2020

Easter Monday

20 April 2020


27 April 2020

Prof Sue Healy tbc University of St Andrews David Pritchard

04 May 2020


11 May 2020

Prof Andrea Case Mechanisms contributing to extreme sex-ratio bias in natural populations of a dimorphic wildflower Kent State University Mario Vallejo-Marin

18 May 2020


25 May 2020


Autumn 2019 Semester



Title of Presentation


B.E.S. Host

09 September 2019

Start of Semester

09 September 2019 (1)

Kirsten Lear Bats, Agaves, and People: Collaborative Conservation to Protect Endangered Migratory Pollinators in Mexico University of Georgia Kirsty Park

09 September 2019 (2)

Laura Pulscher Exploring Health Related Threats to the Critically Endangered Christmas Island Flying-Fox University of Sydney Kirsty Park

23 September 2019

Dr Crispin Jordan What is sexual dimorphism? University of Edinburgh Luc Bussière 

07 October 2019

Katerina Günter

Learn, Teach and “Do” Science – Supporting Students in Developing a Science Identity

Uppsala University, Sweden Luc Bussière

14 October 2019

Germán Orizaola tbc University of Oviedo  Stuart Auld

21 October 2019

Mid-Semester Break (21 October - 25 October)

11 November 2019

Dr Helen Taylor RZSS: Managing translocations on opposite sides of the world Royal Zoological Society of Scotland Kirsty Park 

18 November 2019

Dr Tatsuaki Okada  Thermography of Asteroid Ryugu by Hayabusa2 Japanese Space Agency JAXA  Axel Hagermann 

02 December 2019

Prof Dr Klaus Lunau Competition for pollen between flowering plants and bees Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf Carlos Nune

05 December 2019

Start of Exam Diet

09 December 2019

Dr CS Sharada Prasad

India's Sanitation System - A new mechanism to shift risks socially, spatially and temporally

Azim Premji University, India Heather Purshouse