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Imperial researchers of Black heritage are invited to join a free symposium organised by the College’s Black Postdoctoral Network.

The symposium will take place on Friday 10 June, 10:00-16:30 at 170 Queen’s Gate, South Kensington, and include:

  • Keynote speakers
  • Presentations
  • Panel discussions on careers
  • Networking & lunch

Registration for the event is now closed, but all members of the College are welcome to drop in to attend talks on the day.

Event schedule

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9:30-10:00: Registration – Tea/Coffee

Morning session: 10:00-12:00

  • 10:00-10:05: Opening Remarks ( Julia Makinde)
  • 10:00-10:55: Plenary – Winston Morgan, University of East London: “Journey to professorship; navigating and ultimately succeeding in academia as Black academic in STEM ”
  • 11:00-11:15: Andrea Attipo: “The physical origin of reversible surface attachment in insects”
  • 11:15-11:30: Tanweer Beleil: “Spatial characterisation of the reproductive tract microbiome in preterm prelabour rupture of fetal membranes (PPROM)”
  • 11:30-11:45: Faysal Farah: “The Design and Preparation of Nanoparticle Based Dual-modal Contrast Agent for Optical and Magnetic Resonance Imaging”
  • 11:45-12:00: Georges Bucyibaruta: “Community-level characteristics of COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in England: A nationwide cross-sectional study”

12:00-13:30: Lunch/Posters


The poster session will take place during the second half of the lunch break. We ask all presenters to be at their posters from 12:45-13:30

Afternoon session: 13:30-16:30

  • 13:30-13:35: Welcome back (Tanweer Beleil)
  • 13:35-14:25: Plenary – Donald Palmer, Royal Veterinary College “Ageing of the Immune System: Is it a product of the (micro)environment?”
  • 14:30-14:45: Jama Dalel: “Interleukin-21 receptor expression on CD8 T cells: a potential biomarker of HIV-1 disease state and trajector”
  • 14:45-15:00: Masue Marbiah: “Development of a lactate biosensor in CHO”
  • 15:00-15:15: Fadil Bidmos: “Vaccine candidate discovery and design for invasive meningococcal and pneumococcal diseases”
  • 15:15-15:30: Deyl Djama: “How the thalamus processes visual information

15:30-15:45: Tea/Coffee Break


15:45-16:25 – Career Panel Discussion

  • Dave Briggs – Francis Crick Institute
  • Jennifer Egbunike – University College London
  • Chiara Gattinoni – London Southbank University
  • Martin Gonzo – University of Greenwich
  • Divya Shah – Wellcome Trust

16:25-16:30 – Best talk and poster prizes (Sarah Essilfie-Quaye)

16:30: Close

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