28/11/16 – Speaker from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation at John\’s!

St John’s College Effective Altruists host Anja Langenbucher, Director of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Europe office, this Monday:
Anja Langenbucher manages the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s policy, advocacy, and government relations activities in Europe. She builds strategic relationships with various stakeholders across Europe including governments, civil society institutions, and media. 
Join us to hear what directing an international foundation entails, and about her time at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development prior to her current position. 

Date: 28th November 2016
Time: 20:00
Place: Lightfoot Room, Divinity School

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Undergraduate Science Conference – Speakers Wanted

IN[SCI]TE Undergraduate

Are you looking to give a talk at a conference? We have just the right
opportunity for you!


IN[SCI]TE is a new
interdisciplinary science, technology, and engineering conference, which will
take place here in St John’s on the 18th and 19th of
March, 2017. IN[SCI]TE is run by undergrads, and the talks will be both
delivered by and aimed at undergrads.


The aims for IN[SCI]TE are to
broaden the knowledge and awareness of science undergrads outside their field
of study, to provide a setting for undergrads to give a talk at a scientific
conference during their degree, and to inspire future scientists to enter
areas of work that cross the boundaries in science.


We are now accepting
applications for speakers! Submit an application at


To keep up to date
with the conference, like us on facebook.com/insciteco, and follow us @insciteco


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More Than Honey – Film Screening

Do you love bees? Come along to the St John’s College Beekeepers Society’s next event, a screening of “More Than Honey” by Academy Award-nominated director Markus Imhoof. This documentary explores the lives of honey bees worldwide, asking the question of what a decline in bee populations may mean for the human race. Guaranteed to be a fascinating watch! 

The screening will take place at 8:30pm on Tuesday 29th November in the Main Lecture Theatre of the Divinity School. All are welcome!

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Work at Pembroke May Ball

Applications to work at Pembroke College May Ball are now open!

We are looking for enthusiastic, hard-working individuals to help us run our biggest May Ball to date!
All-night shifts are available for both workers and supervisors.
Experience is not essential.
Worker application form: https://goo.gl/yGFxeR
Supervisor application form: https://goo.gl/5kAAiw

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International Development Opportunity in East Africa


We are recruiting committed students to spend 10 weeks in East Africa investing time and money in one of our partner schools. Living and working in a rural community, our volunteers develop essential transferable skills whilst experiencing vibrant East African culture.

For a challenging, rewarding and inspiring summer, find out more and apply at www.epafrica.org.uk – round two recruitment is now open.

Following personal fundraising and detailed training throughout the academic year, volunteers often invest in new educational resources, small infrastructure projects and schemes to improve students’ health and welfare. Crucially, they are trusted to plan and deliver their own projects, a challenge that provides a rich and varied personal development opportunity.

Employers such as the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Deloitte and the WHO have regularly been impressed by the autonomy and critical thinking volunteers have demonstrated through their projects. Many volunteers also continue to build experience by volunteering with the charity after the project has finished.

Flexible return dates and a holiday week during the project also provide a brilliant opportunity to explore East Africa further.

Find us on Facebook here.

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The JCR needs your Photographs and Artwork

The JCR Committee are attempting to cover up more of the horrible yellow paint in the JCR by getting a collection of canvases printed to go up on the walls, and we need your artwork/photographs to go on the canvases. The canvases will be 100 x 80 cm so any images need to be of high quality so they don’t distort, and any artwork would need to be in a form where we could submit it to be printed on canvas. Landscape pieces would be preferable, although portrait will also be considered. The artwork/photographs can be on any theme, although pieces with a connection to college are preferred. An edible reward will be given for anyone who’s artwork is selected to be printed and put up the JCR.

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If you haven’t come along to the John’s Charity Bar Quiz yet, it’s never too late to get a team together! Every Saturday at 7:30pm in the bar, with four rounds (which in the past have included dingbats, movie soundtracks and lots more!) 

There’s a packet of sweets for each week’s winners and your scores will be entered into the league table – keep coming regularly for the League winners’ prize at the end of term: a £30 tab at the bar!
Also, NEW: any team which has attended the quiz every single Saturday by the end of term will have a 5 point bonus added to their score! 
Check out the St. John’s JCR Facebook page for the event, or just show up in the bar on Saturday! All welcome, we’re looking forward to seeing you there. 

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More humanities students needed – win £100 amazon voucher by taking a 5-min online test to explore your underlying beliefs about empathy in science and humanities students

My name is Yishu Qin and I am a PhD student from the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge. I am currently doing a project investigating people’s perceptions of empathy in science and humanities students. I have collected enough data from science students.  I am now calling humanities students for their perspectives. So if you are majoring in a humanities subject, please take my test. 
Below is my test link (please use a computer or a laptop, the test requires using keyboard so cannot be run on tablets or phones):

The test itself is as simple as a pairing game and is fun and inspiring. The study is completely anonymous, and the instructions are there when you click on the link. 
This is a really vital part of my PhD thesis on psychology and education. You will have a chance to win a £100 amazon voucher as a reward for participation.
Thank you for your kind help! I would be very grateful if you could also pass the link to your friends. 

If you have any idea to share with me, please contact Yishu Qin: yq228@cam.ac.uk

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The Larmor Society FREE talk – Quantum Effects in Biological Systems

Our final talk of term will be from Dr Alex Chin, Winton Advanced Research Fellow in the Physics of Sustainability. Dr Chin studies the optimisation of light-harvesting in photosynthesis from a physicist’s perspective, at the Cavendish Laboratory. This
talk is applicable to pretty much all science students, spanning right
from Physicists and Engineers through to Biologists interested in
cellular or whole organism biology. Come along for a chance to wind down
with some end of term scientific discussion, free wine and other
refreshments as always and a chance to network with many other
scientists at various stages in their careers. 
colleges and disciplines welcome – bring your friends, the more the
merrier! This will be in the Fisher Building at 6pm on Wednesday 23rd November – check out our Facebook event here.

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Come with us to a top secret location for a very very PINK night of revelry & dancing all in aid of breast cancer charities.

At least 50% of all Pink Week Ball proceeds go straight to charity & last year raised an amazing £15,000. But this year we are back… BIGGER and BETTER.

Tickets go on sale 22nd November at £85 and are expected to sell out fast, so make sure you don’t miss out!

Check out our Facebook event for details on how to get your hands on a ticket: https://www.facebook.com/events/681817691985656/

Pink Week is proud to be partnered with Uber – they’ve just launched in Cambridge, and they’re offering all new users free £15 in credit if you use the promo code “PINKWEEK”. Not only does this get you £15 credit, but Uber will donate £5 to Pink Week for everyone who uses the code – what is there not to like?!?!


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