Science clubs

A PhD student presenting at a lab meeting at the Crick.


Our science clubs give people a chance to get together to talk and learn from each other about a specific scientific field or technique.

These range from optogenetics to autophagy, genome editing to image analysis. Some of our clubs welcome attendees from outside about the Crick. Check each club for information on how to attend.


The Crick Artificial Intelligence Club

The Crick Artificial Intelligence Club (CrAIC) is a social group that meets at the Crick to chat about all things AI – neural networks, recurrent nets, random forests, TensorFlow, Theano and much more.

The group isn’t just open to experts, everyone is more than welcome to come along and enjoy the CrAIC. Each meeting usually consists of a short technical talk before a more informal time for chatting, socialising and asking questions. CrAIC welcomes short presentations of around 20 minutes that can be anything from a short tutorial, an overview of a clever method or even a problem that’s got the speaker stumped.

Evolution Forum

The Evolution Forum brings together people investigating evolutionary biology across its spectrum.

From population genetics and ecology to evo-devo and evolution in cancer, we welcome all who are willing to discuss their ideas in an open and informal setting. 

Our seminars occur in a range of formats every fortnight. Speakers can present new data or research for feedback, a recent paper, a lecture introducing an evolutionary concept, or an application of an evolutionary concept.

Whatever the forum’s format, our meetings always link back to evolution. Talks do not assume any prior knowledge of the specific topic and are designed to be accessible to an audience with a wide range of backgrounds. 

London Glia Community

The London Glia Community is a regular forum for glia researchers across London to present and discuss ongoing projects, methods and wider developments in our field.

The London Glia Community is a place for the exchange of glia-related ideas and methods, and encouraging collaboration among researchers working on glial cells in London. 

We want to encourage an open and interactive format to facilitate networking and discussions. Two to three volunteers take the lead for each meeting and suggest topics they’d like to discuss. It could be a short presentation on their projects or a request for feedback on specific results, problems or plans. We also welcome discussions of interesting papers, meeting reports, discussions of the current big questions in the field and much more.