LGBT STEMinar 2017


The 2nd LGBT STEMinar will be held at the University of Sheffield on the 13th January 2017. The conference will take place in the Richard Roberts Building. Follow along on twitter using the hashtag #LGBTSTEMinar17

“The conference is designed for people who work or study in STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) and identify as LGBT+. We aim to use the day to showcase work from diverse fields and to encourage collaborations between different departments, Universities, companies and subjects. We also welcome those who may not identify as LGBT but wish to discover and support the work that LGBT+ people are doing.”

Registration is now open!

Talk Registration Deadline : 30th September 2016

Poster Registration Deadline: 25th November 2016

Attendance Registration Deadline: 16th December 2016


8.30am-9.30am Registration

9.30am-9.40am Introduction

9.40am – 10.40am Key note talk – Bastian Greshake

10.40am-11.20am Talks

11.20 – 11.40am Coffee Break

11.40-12.40 Talks

12.40 – 1.40pm Lunch (and a chance to look around the posters)

1.40 -3pm Talks

3 -3.20pm Coffee Break

3.20-4pm Talks

4-5pm Panel Discussion

5-6pm Poster Session

Key Note Speaker


Bastian Greshake, OpenSNP

Bastian is a biologist-turned-bioinformatician, currently working on his PhD in the Group for Applied Bioinformatics at the University of Frankfurt. When not doing research in fungal genomics he’s also an open* advocate. In 2011 he co-founded openSNP, a crowdsourced/citizen science open data project that puts personal genetics data into the public domain. Over the course of running openSNP he experienced the different sides of sustaining and growing a scientific open source project which is independent of traditional academic institutions.

Accepted Talks

A window on the womb: How strong is a baby’s kick?
Stefaan Verbruggen, Imperial College London

Hyaluronic Acid: From Beauty Creams to Targeted Anticancer Therapies
Julio Manuel Rios De La Rosa, University of Manchester

Intervention and the development of non-local relationships in human language cognition
Robyn Orfitelli, The University of Sheffield

The Distribution of Star Formation in MaNGA Galaxies
Ashley Spindler, The Open University

Geometry of String Dualities
Tyler Kelly, University of Cambridge

Photoluminescent conjugated polymer nanoparticles for bioimaging applications
Struan Bourke, King’s College London

Do bacterial pathogens have smaller genomes than their harmless relatives?
Jane Charlesworth, University of Cambridge

Past penguin colony linkages with climate change and catastrophic volcanism on the Antarctic Peninsula
Stephen Roberts, British Antarctic Survey

The sperm dilution problem
Emily Glendenning, University of Sheffield

Peering into the sites of planet formation using high angular resolution interferometry
Claire Davies, University of Exeter

Particle and Astroparticle Physics with Hyper-Kamiokande
Jost Migenda, University of Sheffield

The Ecosystem Time Machine
Anson Mackay, UCL