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Colloquium 2013 – General Registration now open!

23 May 2013

Registration for our PFGS Summer Colloquium  is now open to non-presenters. The Colloquium is free to all but anyone planning to attend must register on the Eventbrite site. Accommodation and travel bursaries are still available, but places are limited, so book soon!

Travel details and directions are available from our Colloquium tab above – here. If you would like to be considered for a travel bursary, please tick the appropriate box when registering.

The list of keynote speakers can be found below. An updated schedule, with the panels and panelists will be available shortly.

We look forward to seeing you in Leeds this summer!

PFGS13 Poster


PFGS Colloquium 2013: Registration Open

26 April 2013

We are delighted to announce that the PFGS Colloquium in June has now opened for registration. The event is free but anyone planning to attend must register on the Eventbrite site. We remind presenters that they will need to register by the 15th of May. Places are limited.

The Programme and further details will be available from this website from mid-May.

We look forward to seeing you in Leeds this summer!

Regional Meeting: Genetic and Genomic Health

25 April 2013

The programme for Cardiff’s May 8th Regional Meeting has now been confirmed. Anyone wishing to attend should contact Hannah Shipman at Cardiff University to see if there are any spots left. Please bear in mind that while travel bursaries are available for this event, they will be issued on a first come first serve basis and presenters have priority. We look forward to seeing lots of you there!


Cardiff 8th May Programme

Colloquium CFP Closed: Thank You!

17 April 2013

Many thanks to all those who submitted an abstract for the PFGS Colloquium in Leeds this summer. The call for papers is now closed. We are really excited by the range of topics people are working on, and the committee are looking forward to the selection process.

Everyone who submitted an abstract will hear from us on or around Friday the 26th of April, letting them know whether their paper will be included in the program this year and whether their application for a bursary was successful.

General registration for the Colloquium will begin around the start of May, so keep a lookout!

Will be great to meet you all this summer –

Rachel, on behalf of the PFGS Committee

Final Call for Papers for Leeds Colloquium: Update with four outstanding keynote speakers

8 April 2013

Scientific Innovation in the Biosociety: Current Responsibilities, Future Promises

Postgraduate Forum on Genetics and Society (PFGS) Colloquium 13

University of Leeds; 24th-25th June 2013

Last Call for Abstracts: DEADLINE 15 APRIL.

For details on how to submit, travel and accommodation grants, please click here.

Keynote speakers:

Prof. Anne Kerr (University of Leeds)

Prof. Jackie Leach Scully (Newcastle University)

Prof. Bronwyn Parry (King’s College, London)

Prof. Paul Martin (University of Sheffield)

PFGS Regional Meeting Cardiff: May 8th

5 March 2013

In November we postponed our regional meeting in Cardiff. We’re delighted to announce that it’s back on, for May 8th. Here is the re-issued Call for PapersCardiff Regional Meeting 2013

The Postgraduate Forum on Genetics and Society (PFGS) is delighted to announce a call for papers for our first regional meeting of 2013 on the theme of Genetic and Genomic Health.

Scientific advances in genetics and genomics have long promised to improve, or even revolutionise, human healthcare.  Whilst the introduction and integration of such revolutionary genetic and genomic technologies, into both research and clinical practice, has perhaps been more modest than expected, the range and number of technologies and clinical applications that are being made available is steadily expanding. Examples of genetic and genomic technologies that have been successfully applied in clinical practice include next generation sequencing, human induced pluripotent stem cells, synthetic biology, and non-invasive prenatal diagnosis (NIPD) to name but a few.  However, alongside purported health benefits, these genetic and genomic technologies have been seen to raise a multitude of social benefits and concerns, and ethical issues have been raised that have implications that reach far beyond the discussion of health alone.

Through this meeting we aim to bring together students from within a wide range of academic disciplines including law, philosophy, social science, medicine and psychology to explore the possible impact of new and emerging health technologies on individuals, families and societies.  Discussions may include, but will not be limited to, exploration of legal and governance frameworks, theoretical and applied ethical insights, and qualitative and quantitative studies within the social sciences and psychology. We welcome papers at any stage of research.

The day will consist of an introduction to the topic by an eminent clinician, full student presentations (20 mins + 5 mins questions), brief presentations of works-in-progress (10 mins + 10 mins discussion) and a break out session to identify key themes and share insights that may emerge across disciplinary boundaries. Proposals should indicate whether they are 10 or 20 minute presentations, and include a brief abstract and title (max. 200 words) as well as the name, affiliation, and contact details (including email address) for author(s). Abstracts should be sent to event organiser Hannah Shipman ShipmanHE[at/] by 3rd April 2013. Successful applicants will be notified by 17th April 2013.

Funded by the ESRC through the Genomics Forum, PFGS Regional Meetings are small, informal gatherings meant to foster supportive connections between postgraduate researchers across the UK. The event is free, and we offer a limited number of travel bursaries, up to advance purchase price for rail or coach fare within the UK. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Postgraduates are warmly encouraged to attend both our Regional Meetings, and our two-day Colloquium, to take place 24th-25th June 2013.