This year's theme: Overcoming Challenges in Science

Science is never straightforward. As researchers, we rarely end up where we thought we would at the start of a project. There are always unexpected obstacles and setbacks, from technical issues to pandemics, that present huge challenges.

This year at SymBLS22 we are exploring this idea through talks and poster sessions highlighting one particular challenge that was faced in a piece of work, and how it was overcome. This could be a rejected hypothesis, an unexpected result or technical failure. What matters is communicating the unebelibavle ingenuity and creativity of scientists to adapt and produce interesting science in the face of continued challenges.

SymBLS22 is by and for postgraduate researchers, many of whom will be midway through PhD or Masters projects and encountering their own challenges. Our hope is that delegates can learn from and be inspired by stories from other researchers about how they overcame their challenges and succeeded in their work.

This year's venue: Magdalene College, Cambridge

SymBLS22 will be held in the beautiful surroundings of Magdalene College, Cambridge.

Situated in the center of town just by the River Cam it is an easily accessible and picturesque location for this year's meeting. The event will take place in Magdalene's conference venue, Cripps Court. The space includes an auditorium for 142 delegates and a large gallery space for coffee, posters and networking.

This year's committee:

SymBLS is organised each year by PhD students from The Babraham Institute, an independent research institute which hosts PhD students from the University of Cambridge.

Principal Organisers

Roksana Dutkiewicz

Daniel Moore

Amy Dashwood


Ella Taylor

Kieron May

Olivia Cracknell

Stephen Cranwell