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This is an annual event where we join together to celebrate the work of our Department, and this year we made the most of being able to meet up in person, in a new venue, and with an innovative programme.

Group of people holding certificates at Thomas Willis Day © Nick Irving

Three-minute theses

The first part of the event took place in the inspiring Oxford University Museum of Natural History. After a welcome address from Head of Department Professor Kevin Talbot, the event kicked off with the popular three-minute thesis (3MT) presentations by DPhil students from all four years. Everyone did very well to convey the essence of their research in an accessible way in just three minutes! 

reflecting on our research culture

After this, attendees could choose to attend a variety of sessions designed to get us thinking about the research culture in our Department. These included a session on Team Culture, a workshop on Open Science, an overview of Lab Handbooks, and an introduction to the newly revitalised Clinical Neuroscience Society, open to all in NDCN.

Guest lecture on deep learning

Kevin Talbot and Mackenzie MathisAfter a tea break which included the opportunity to peruse some posters from more of our students, the lecture theatre rapidly filled up for the guest lecture from Mackenzie Mathis.

Mackenzie's lab develops open source machine learning tools and uncovers neural dynamics during adaptive behaviours. She gave an impressive and entertaining talk which provoked a lot of interest and discussion.




Prize giving

At the end of the lecture we decamped around the corner to the Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin Building, where several of our groups are now based. Here there were departmental posters to view, and a drinks reception downstairs. During the reception Kevin presented the following departmental prizes:

Congratulations to all the winners. Our Research Grants Team also received a special mention, and Kevin thanked them for all their hard work over the last year.

We look forward to seeing you all next year!