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5th Annual National Conference



April 21st 2022-April 22nd 2022


April 21st - 2:00pm - 9:00pm

April 22nd - 8:30am-3:30pm


Register at Monica Partridge Building


Online registration

SNS Deadline Extended

About the Conference

The Society for Natural Sciences is a professional body for scientists, educators and students who are working across the disciplinary boundaries of science. The Society 's mission is to raise awareness of the value and importance of taking an interdisciplinary approach to scientific and societal problems and they work to strengthen and advance education in science to build a community of scientists capable of addressing some of these challenges.

The National Student Conference is an opportunity for student members studying on interdisciplinary programmes around the country to come together and share their research, interact with other interdisciplinary scientists and build a network of contacts across different disciplinary areas.

The 5th Annual National Student Conference is being hosted at the University of Nottingham. 

Who is it for?

The Conference is aimed at third and fourth year students on interdisciplinary degree programmes who would like to present their research in either an oral or poster presentation at a National Conference.

Additionally the conference is open to students or staff who are interested in hearing about the research that students on interdisciplinary programmes are involved with. Those who would like to make connections with other members for future projects or opportunities or become more involved with the Society itself.

The conference is only open to members of the Society for Natural Sciences so if you are not currently a member and would like to attend or present then please use the link below to join the Society.

Join the Society for Natural Sciences

Conference Packages

Full Conference with overnight  accommodation - £125

Full Conference without overnigh accommodation - £50

Day Delegate April 22nd - £15

Accommodation is at the Orchard Hotel on a bed and breakfast rate.

Conference attendees can look forward to the following benefits:

  • Hear about exciting research taking place at institutions around the country.
  • Opportunities to meet other society members and grow your network.
  • Develop presentation and communication skills and build your confidence.
  • Expand your LinkedIn Profile and CV with new skills and experiences.
  • Receive a Certificate of Attendance.

Keynote Speakers


Emily White
Zack Peggs

Dr Peter Harvey

Pete is a Nottingham Research Fellow within the Precision Imaging Beacon. He will be developing new platforms for molecular imaging of central nervous system disorders, with a focus towards neurodegeneration. His approach will utilize a combination of strategies including new imaging methodologies, contrast agent design for targeting and reporting on disease markers, and improving brain delivery of agents. 

Before joining the University of Nottingham, Pete was on a Wellcome Trust-MIT Postdoctoral Fellowship, working on molecular fMRI with Prof Alan Jasanoff within the Department of Biological Engineering at MIT. Prior to that, he was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Manchester and completed his undergraduate and PhD studies at Durham University where his thesis focused on paramagnetically-enhanced 1H and 19F chemical shift imaging. 

Emily White

Emily works for C40 Cities, serving as a City-Business Engagement Manager. This job involves working across both the City-Business Climate Alliance (CBCA) and UrbanShift programmes to accelerate climate action through city-business collaboration. In this dual role, she facilitates delivery of local and global city-business partnerships by conducting research, organising events and developing tools and guidance for the CBCA Global Network. She also leads the development of UrbanShift’s private sector engagement strategy and activities and supports program communications and events.

In 2019 Emily completed an MSc in Climate Change Science and Policy at King's College London which helped her to land her first internship with C40 Cities. She previously completed a BSc in Natural Sciences at Nottingham from 2015-2018.  Having a broad interdisciplinary knowledge from her undergraduate degree helped Emily to develop the confidence to approach complex problems holistically, tand gave her a great start to her career. Emily studied geography, archaeology and biology which allowed her to see the scientific, cultural and political complexities of climate change.

Zachary Peggs

Zack is in the second year of his PhD in Respiratory Medicine at the University of Nottingham. He knew he wanted to pursue a career in a scientific field that put the physics he had learned throughout his degree to use in a practical, tangible way. Medical physics is a field which combines cutting-edge interdisciplinary science with real life patient focus, with a real opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives.

Zack completed his natural sciences degree studying physics and maths in 2020. He was a committed student and throughout his undergraduate degree, he undertook projects surrounding the use of quantum mechanical sensors to measure brain activity with a high temporal resolution, and completed a work experience placement in the Medical Physics department of Queen’s Medical Centre. After his third year these experiences cemented his decision to apply for a PhD. His current work involves working on novel proton pulmonary MRI techniques. 




The University of Nottingham
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