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Celebration Week for the School of Biosciences

25 February 2013

The week starting 4 March 2013 will be a very busy one for the School. The International Scientific Advisory Board (ISAB), chaired by Professor Kim Barrett, University of California, San Diego, who is President of the American Physiological Society, will be on a 2-day Site Visit to the School on Monday 4 and Tuesday 5 March assessing the School's research performance and its draft REF2014 submission.

Immediately after the conclusion of the ISAB visit at the end of Tuesday afternoon 5 March, the official Opening and Naming of The Sir Martin Evans Building will take place. There will be speeches from the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Elizabeth Treasure, the former Vice-Chancellor of Cardiff University Sir Brian Smith, the Chancellor of Cardiff University, the Nobel Laureate Sir Martin Evans FRS, the School's Director MRC Professor Ole Petersen CBE FRS and the Chair of ISAB Professor Kim Barrett. Sir Martin will then unveil the plaque commemorating this event after an introduction by Edwina Hart MBE AM, the Welsh Government's Minister for Business, Enterprise, Technology & Science.  

The two following days, Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 March, Academia Europaea - in collaboration with Cardiff University and with support from The Physiological Society (UK) and The Journal of Physiology - has arranged an international Bioscience Birthday Symposium for the School's Director, taking place at the National Museum Cardiff. The symposium will be opened by Professor Hywel Thomas FRS, Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) and the President of Academia Europaea, Professor Lars Walloe from Oslo University, Norway. The very distinguished list of Invited Speakers includes Professor Sir Michael Berridge FRS, University of Cambridge, Professor Irene Schulz, University of Konstanz, who is Chair of the German National Academy of Sciences' (Leopoldina) Life Science Section, the Nobel Laureate Professor Robert Huber For Mem RS, Cardiff University and Professor Stephen Holgate CBE, University of Southampton, who is Chair of Main Panel A, REF 2014.

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