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ACCE DTP Annual Conference 2018

October 16 @ 10:00 am - October 18 @ 5:00 pm

ACCE DTP Annual Conference 2018

16 – 18 October 2018

Sheffield, Kelham Island Museum


We are pleased to announce that registration for the 5th annual ACCE conference is now open.

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All students, supervisors, CASE partners, and other contributors are invited to Sheffield to participate in this year’s event.

The annual conference provides ACCE students with a fantastic opportunity to present their achievements and engage in collaborative activities across cohorts and institutions. The 2018 ACCE conference also represents the first to showcase the accomplishments of graduates from the DTP, and we heartily encourage all students from the first cohort to attend once more.

We hope that the activities and talks planned will be enjoyable and inclusive of all research backgrounds within the delegation.

For any enquiries use:
Twitter feed: #SheffACCE18

The first day of the conference (Tuesday 16th Oct) is reserved as a student’s day. Activities will begin in the morning as we take a coach from Sheffield to the Blue John Caverns and enjoy the surrounding countryside with lunch. In the afternoon, we will return to Sheffield to play an escape room at The Great Escape Game, before heading to Couch on Campo Lane in the evening for dinner and some light social activities.
Over the next two days (Weds 17th – Thurs 18th Oct) we will be based at Kelham Island Museum.

The full schedule is TBC. However, we are delighted to announce that our confirmed plenary speakers are:

Dr Adam Rutherford 

Dr Adam Rutherford is a science writer and broadcaster. On the radio, he is the presenter of BBC Radio 4’s flagship science programme, Inside Science, as well as many documentaries, on the inheritance of intelligence, on MMR and autism, human evolution, astronomy and art, science and cinema, scientific fraud, and the evolution of sex.
On television, his latest series, The Beauty of Anatomy, is on BBC4 in August 2014, on the role of the human dissection in art. Adam also presented the award-winning Horizon: Playing God (BBC2, Jan 2012); The Gene Code (BBC4, Apr 2011); and the award-winning The Cell (BBC4, Sept 2009). Adam is a movie geek, and has been a scientific advisor to Björk’s movie Biophilia Live, and worked on World War Z, The Secret Service (2014) and Ex Machina (2015). His critically acclaimed first book, Creation – on the origin and future of life – was published in 2013, and was nominated for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize. He is currently writing his second, and third. Adam has a PhD in Genetics, a degree in evolutionary biology is an Honorary Research Fellow at UCL, and is a former Editor at the journal Nature.


Prof. Charles Wellman

Charles Wellman is a Professor at the Dept of Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield. His research addresses the highly topical and controversial problem of the origin and early evolution of land plants. His research integrates evidence from both fossil and living plants. Fossil evidence is in the form of early land plant megafossils and dispersed microfossils—spores and fragments. He is working on material from China, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Kazakhstan and Spitsbergen. I study living plants to interpret the earliest land plant fossils through, specifically: cladistic analyses of evolutionary relationships, molecular clock analyses of evolutionary divergence times, analysis of physiological adaptations required for plants to invade the land (particularly Evo-Devo studies on the molecular genetics of spore/pollen wall development).
He is also exploring the impact of the invasion of the land by plants on global change. This has led to research into developing a novel (and currently only) proxy for past UV-B radiation. In recent years he had also extended his research back in time to examine a previously neglected research area considering the ‘algal scum’ that inhabited the land before it was invaded by plants.

Dr Sara Goodacre 

Dr Goodacre is the Nottingham lead for Open Air Laboratories (OPAL) which is a citizen science project aimed at engaging people of all ages to learn about and interact with the outdoor environment. It teaches people about how to identify species such as beetles and worms, and how to use lichens as indicators of air quality. Previous TV appearances have included BBC 4’s Spider house, broadcast in autumn 2014 and the One Show which filmed Dr Goodacre on two occasions – spider sailing and spiders flying, respectively. Dr Goodacre also assisted Tiger Productions film the Galapagos Attenborough series and with ITV’s Bear Grylls series within the UK. Examples of other media include The Guardian’s Ask An Expert on why spiders stick to walls and ceilings; BBC science Welcome to the spider lab and BBC world service radio interview Sail away spider. Dr Goodacre is very happy to help give spiders some positive press and often comments on ‘false widow’ stories, trying to dispel some of the unwarranted fear about these creatures.


Over the course of the conference, first-year ACCE students (5th cohort) will introduce themselves to the staff and student body through 2-minute‘ flash talks’, and all other ACCE students will present their research either in poster or oral form. We also hope to hear presentations from CASE partners on how they are supporting and benefit from the research of ACCE students.

In addition to research-based presentations, we will again have a supervisor and CASE partner ‘speed dating’ session to further integrate delegates across cohorts and institutions, and to enable a helpful exchange of ideas and advice. We will be providing a choice of 30-minute workshops for students and staff alike, and we will be holding a debate on science communication. The third day will culminate with a student forum to discuss ACCE activities and other matters arising.


October 16 @ 10:00 am
October 18 @ 5:00 pm


ACCE DTP, University of Sheffield


Kelham Island Museum
Alma Street
Sheffield, S3 8RY United Kingdom
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