Graduate Research Symposium

7th November 2020

The graduate research symposium of the Samuel Butler room of St John's College.

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The St John’s College Graduate Research Day provides an opportunity for graduate students at any stage of their studies to present and discuss papers on any aspect(s) of their research. The Research Day fosters a welcoming, supportive, and discursive environment, and aims to be as academically broad as the graduate community itself. Thus, we enthusiastically encourage submissions in any field across the Humanities and Sciences. Papers are to be fifteen minutes, followed by five minutes of questions.

The Research Day is a fantastic opportunity to listen to, discuss, and think about a broad array of academic subjects and to participate in the intellectually open and stimulating environment that collegiate life allows, so please, come and share your research with us!

The Symposium will take place on Saturday the 7th of November 2020 at our very own Palmerston.

Registration is free and open to all members of the College, and you need not present in order to attend. However, all students are invited to submit an abstract for an oral presentation.

Please get in touch with the organisers if you have any queries.

We look forward to seeing you there.


Registration for the Graduate Research Symposium will open in October 2020.

Abstract submission

Astracts of no more than 250 words should be emailed to Matt Seah at by Sun 25th Oct 2020. The abstracts chosen for presentation will be published by the end of October.


The programme will be finalised in late October 2020. Here is the programme from our last event.


Professor Tuomas Knowles

Prof Knowles received his PhD in Biophysics from the University of Cambridge, and has held positions in Engineering in Cambridge University and Harvard University before returning to Cambridge as a University Lecturer in Physical Chemistry in 2010, Reader in 2013 and then Professor in 2015. Professor Knowles has received a number of distinguished awards, including the Corday-Morgan Prize from the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Raymond and Beverly Sackler International Prize in Biophysics. Much of his work has been focused on the physical aspects underlying the self-assembly of protein molecules.

Prof Tuomas Knowles

Professor Máire Ní Mhaonaigh

Professor Ní Mhaonaigh is Professor of Celtic and Medieval Studies at the University of Cambridge. Her research focuses on medieval literature and history and the interface between the two. She has written extensively on medieval Irish literature and history and on Ireland’s place in the wider world and her books include ‘Brian Boru: Ireland’s Greatest King?’, as well as a co-authored volume on Norse-Irish relationships, ‘Norse-Gaelic Contacts in a Viking World: Studies in the Literature and History of Norway, Iceland, Ireland and the Isle of Man’.

Prof Máire Ní Mhaonaigh


The symposium will be held in our very own conference centre, The Fisher Building, which is a modern purpose-built facility ideally suited for conferences and events. Talks and panel discussions will be held in the 250-seat Palmerston Room with refreshments in the foyer. Numbers of in-person attendees will be capped in accordance with national guidelines.


If you have any queries please contact the SBR Academic Officer (Matthew Seah):