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By March 2, 2017January 26th, 2021Member News & Updates, STEMM

An evening of science, psychology, and politics

Part of European Research Council Week and British Science Week


Everyone is invited to attend four exciting public talks from University of Exeter researchers on Monday 13 March. The event is both a part of British Science Week, and part of celebrations for the European Research Council's 10th anniversary.

We've lined up four exciting topics ranging from rice diseases to diabetes, and women in leadership to post-Brexit regulation for you to discover and discuss.

Following these short talks there will be an opportunity to ask questions. 

Use #ERC10yrs and #BSW17 to find out more about ERC Week and British Science Week on social media.


Date and time:

Monday 13 March, 19.00 – 20.30


Forum Alumni Auditorium,
Streatham Campus

Maps and directions


Each talk will last around 15 minutes, followed by a Q&A.


The challenges of leaning in: Women’s ambition, sacrifice, and risk-taking

There has been vast improvement in workplace gender equality, but there remain marked differences in the roles in which women and men work.

Professor Michelle Ryan will present her research on structural barriers to women's career choices in this talk.

“Nobody was fat during the war!” 
How do our genes cause obesity and diabetes in today's environment?

Why do some people become obese whilst others remain slim, and what causes type 2 diabetes in some overweight people. Is it all in our DNA?

Find out more with Professor Tim Frayling.



On the trail of the cereal killer: Combatting the world's most serious rice disease

Rice blast disease is the most serious disease affecting rice production globally and each year destroys enough rice to feed 60 million people. 

Professor Nick Talbot FRS will discuss the work of his team to address this destructive disease.

Fixing regulations

Brexit and similar changes provide opportunities and challenges to get regulations right – but how can policy makers reform well? 

Professor Claudio Radaelli will invite the audience to reflect on rules, regulations, and how to make good 'regulatory conversation'.