13 Dec Biology Seminar at Oxford University
On Tuesday 5th December, Yr12 and Yr13 Biology students embarked on a trip to the University of Oxford to take part in a day of seminars and lectures based around cells and their importance within Biology.
To begin the day, we heard a captivating and truly interesting lecture from Ilan Davis, a professor of Biochemistry currently teaching at the University. He spoke to us about the importance of plants within our environment and shared some of the important research that he and his lab were currently doing in this field. Following this, we were able to experience various lectures from other professors about gene expression and what happens when cells go wrong and a lecture on supersized cells. The final lecture of the day was by professor Judy Armitage who delivered a fascinating and stimulating lecture about bacterium, detailing how they divide, their activities and the ways that we are able to view and study them.
After an interesting morning of lectures, we were then taken to the Museum of Natural History which is situated within the University of Oxford. We were able to visit the exhibition of brains from various different organisms and compare them to humans, see insects and animals from a range of different continents and eras and view geodes that have been sourced from all over the world.
Overall, on behalf of the Yr12 and Yr13 biologists I would like to say a huge thank you to all of the lecturers and professors from the University of Oxford for providing us with such a stimulating and captivating day that was able to deepen our understanding of biology and how it can be applied within university and in real life.
Charlotte George (Year 13)