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Postgraduate Symposium


Symposium 2017

Tuesday and Wednesday 
25 and 26 April 2017

Bourne Lecture Theatres 1 & 2 and also in the the Bourne Tunnel area

Our first year students will give a 10 minute talk
Our second year students will present a poster
Our third/fourth year students will give a 20 minute talk

The event takes place over the two days and is grouped by our three centres Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, Plant Molecular Science and Biomedical Science 

Our guests

We are also pleased to announce that  the Royal Society of Biology will be giving a talk on our second day. Please see the programme for details.

The programme

Full programme of events (to follow)

Our sponsors

With special thanks to new and returning sponsors

Tuesday 25


Wednesday 26


End of Symposium Guest Lecture

Professor Nikolaus Amrhein

Nikolaus Amrhein

“Rounding up on Roundup®: The Mode of Action of Glyphosate and its Consequences”


Among the biotic constraints to food production, weed competition has the highest harvest loss potential. Since its commercial introduction in 1974, the broad-spectrum, non-selective herbicide glyphosate (N-phosphonomethylglycine, trade name Roundup®) has become the dominant herbicide worldwide. Its mode of action as an enzyme inhibitor of the aromatic amino acid biosynthesis pathway was revealed 1980 by Steinrücken and Amrhein. The outstanding success of the development of herbicide-resistant crops has been a major advance in the reliability of in-crop weed control, but weeds with diverse herbicide resistance mechanisms are now arising. Nikolaus Amrhein’s research focused on metabolic processes in plants, especially the biosynthesis of aromatic amino acids and phenylpropanoid compounds, the enzymes in these pathways and their inhibitors.

Further information.


End of Symposium social

Postgraduates and guests wil have the opportunity to celebrate the end of our event in the 5th floor common room (Alice Room) from 5pm. Weather permitting the event may extend to the foyer and forecourt. There will be refreshments available, the chance to catch up with staff and peers. 

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