Bader International Study Centre


at Herstmonceux Castle, U.K.



at Herstmonceux Castle, U.K.

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On Tuesday 22nd and Thursday 24th March, members of the BISC student community participated in our End of Term Research Conference, sharing their work with their peers, staff, and faculty. The event was held over two lunchtime slots, and this enabled students from the Biology and Chemistry classes to display posters in the Conference and Conference Ante Room and to be on hand on both days to discuss their work while delegates were having refreshments.  The panel sessions saw a wide range of papers from First Year and Upper Year students.

Conference presenters March 2016

Pictured here: Our panel prepares to present on the 2nd day of the conference.

In keeping with the conference’s theme of ‘Making Connections’ there were papers on topics of particular relevance at the moment – from the economic implications of a ‘Brexit’ vote in the upcoming UK / EU Referendum to the need for scrutiny in the field of media ethics.  Several papers explored the challenges of globalisation and cultural exchange in the past century and the present, and others addressed the environmental and cultural challenges facing the current Canadian government.

Maddi and Heather with poster display

Pictured here: Maddi Andrews and Heather Geiger with their display on ‘The Impact of Bees as Pollinators.’ The high standard of submissions meant that they shared the top prize with Krista Jones and Olivia Villeneuve for their display on, ‘The Biology of the Reed Warbler and Reed Bed Management’.

Alongside the Science students’ poster presentations, the event also saw Malaika Henriques screen her film about the issues of cultural identity and belonging as experienced amongst the residents of South London.

Attendees mingle and discuss research topics with each presenter.

Pictured here: Attendees take the opportunity to question our presenters in an informal Q&A session afterwards.

As many of the BISC faculty will confirm, it is not always easy to stand in front of an audience and discuss your work, even if it is an important part of academic life to share your research with an audience of people who are involved in similar subject areas.  I would like to thank all of the students who expressed a willingness to take part in the conference.  Thanks, too, are due to the members of the BISC Research Committee who helped organise both sessions, and to those faculty members who helped students develop their work into presentations.  Finally, thanks to all students, faculty, and staff who came to support the event.

Dr Peter Lowe, BISC Research Director