The Student Conference in Science and Technology 2022
The Student Conference at the Faculty of Science and Technology was held at The Evolutionary Biology Centre, Monday October 17 at 13.15-15.
See the presentations here:
Keynote: Pia Lindberg, Dept of Chemistry, Uppsala University
Tiny green factories – solar powered biotechnology using cyanobacteria
Biodiversity of food webs in response to warming across ecosystems
Nolwenn Le Guyader, Master student in Biology
Using AI to detect ghost particles
Lukas Liland, Master student in Astronomy
Aptamer-based detection of Interleukin-6 for sepsis diagnosis
Favour Nzekwe, Master student in Chemistry
A fishy situation - Baltic cod (Gadus morhua) and its survival in the Baltic Sea
Adam Jansson, Bachelor student in Biology
Keynote: Thomas Schön Dept of Information Technology, Uppsala University
Artificial Intelligence – how clever are the machines?
Does MHC diversity and regional European variation affect infection by avian malaria in collared and pied flycatchers?
Alpha Nwana, Master student in Biology
Investigation on the Use of Magnetic Beads as Target Structures for LigandTracer Qingtian Gong, Master student in Chemistry
Where is everyone? The search for life
Emil Björnström, Bachelor student in Biology
Nitrogenases, a sustainable solution for fertilizers production?
Yassine Abdessamie Belaziz, Bachelor student in Biochemistry
We congratulate the two winners of the prize for best student presentation: Adam Jansson and Yassine Abdessamie Belaziz!
The invited speakers were Pia Lindberg, Department of Chemistry and Thomas Schön, Department of Information Technology.
Pia talked on Tiny green factories – solar-powered biotechnology using cyanobacteria
Petroleum oil is used for a lot of things we need in today's society. Fuels are a major use of course, but also chemicals, pharmaceuticals, materials like plastics, and even food! The use of fossil resources is not sustainable. But petroleum oil actually consists of hydrocarbon molecules derived from biological material. What if we can make everything we use oil for by generating the same compounds, but in a renewable way? In our research at Chemistry - Ångström, we engineer photosynthetic microorganisms, cyanobacteria, to make molecules that can help replace the use of petroleum oil for fuels and chemicals - and the microorganisms can make these molecules directly from water and CO2, using sunlight as their energy source.
Thomas talked on Artificial Intelligence – how clever are the machines?
At the core of successful use cases of Artificial Intelligence (AI) we often find a creative combination of mathematics and programming, where the use of data is always at the centre. In this talk I will try to provide some intuition for the underlying technology by discussing a few concrete examples we are working with. I will start with a classification task from automated ECG interpretation and then continue with a few examples from the more under-researched area of how to formulate and solve regression problems using deep learning.
The program with abstracts.
The Science Conference
The student conference is a part of the communications training at the faculty. Apart from the opportunity to participate in an exciting conference you get a chance to give a presentation in front of a larger audience. As a participant the conference offers you a broadend perspective of science and the chance for networking and contacts between disciplines.
Give a presentation
After the keynote speaker the students will take the floor and give presentations on different scientific subjects. All students are welcome to give a 15 min presentation and the conference is one of the best opportunities you can find to practice talking in front of a large audience. Take the opportunity to practice the skill that employers value as one of the most important one an employee can have. If you want to give a presentation, read more under "To give a presentation" below.
You can also contribute by being a feedback provider to one or several of the speakers. By giving valuable positive and constructive comments on their presentations you help them improve and at the same time practice your own skill to give and reflect on feedback.
Should you participate by both giving a presentation and giving feedback (not necessarily during the same year) you will be given a certificate of your participation which can be a valuable addition to your CV.
Naturally, all are most welcome to listen regardless if you are a speaker or not.
Register to the conference
All participants must register for the conference using the link above.
To give a presentation
Giving a presentation at the Student Conference is to give a 15 minute presentation in front of a larger audience of about 100 persons. The presentation may be about any scientific subject of your choice and the only limitation is that everybody in the audience should be able to understand, which means giving the presentation at a level which is common for all science students, regardless of if it is biology or physics.
Presentations may be held in Swedish or English, whichever you prefer. You usually have a bigger toolbox of techniques when giving a presentation in the language you have the most experience with but depending on your goals whichever language may be suitable.
When giving an oral presentation there are a lot of things that you may want to consider to make the presentation as good as possible. Click on "Oral presentations" in the menu to the left to get som basic help.
You may also contact us who work with the communication training via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) to get coaching before and after your presentation.
As a feedback provider at the Student Conference you have a responsibility to give constructive as well as positive feedback to the speaker you have been assigned. Because it probably is the first time the speaker gives a presentation in front of such a large audience the person giving feedback need to help the speaker develop in this rather special context. Regardless of level of expertise giving presentations you can always become better. And it is here you as a feedback provider comes in.
To be able to give focused and well balanced feedback to help someone improve is a skill all in its own. You can use the forms provided in DiaNa to get points of reference when giving feedback. The most important thing though, is to give feedback from your own perspective.