LGBT STEMinar 2019


The 4th LGBT STEMinar will be held at the Institute of Physics, 37 Caledonian Road, N1 9DS on 11 January 2019.  Follow along on twitter using the hashtag #LGBTSTEMinar19

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.

For information regarding abstract submission and registration, see the conference website here.

Abstract deadline: 19 October 2018

Registration deadline: 10 December 2018

Conference Programme

0900 – Registration

0930 – Welcome and introductions – Paul Hardaker, CEO Institute of Physics

0940 – Keynote – Dr Izzie Jayasinghe

1010 – Session 1

What can Vikings tell us about the past, present and future of the Greenland Ice Sheet? – James Lea (University of Liverpool)

Modelling photon distinguishability and loss: A quantum circuit perspective – Alexandra Moylett (University of Bristol)

Resource-mediated speciation in isolated island finches – Martin  Stervander (Institute of Ecology and Evolution,University of Oregon)

1110 – Coffee break

1130 – Session 2

Flipping the Switch on Bacterial Pathogenesis: How the Leading Cause of Seafood-borne Gastroenteritis – Vibrio parahaemolyticus Regulates Virulence – Landon Getz (Dalhousie University)

Unusual Thermal Emissions from Gamma-Ray Bursts – Alex Parry (University of Leicester)

Opening a new transmission window at 2 μm for future telecommunications – Niamh Kavanagh (Tyndall National Institute)

1225 – Flash poster presentations

1300 – Lunch (provided)

1400 – Welcome to the afternoon session – Philip Diamond, Executive Director Royal Astronomical Society

1405 – Panel discussion

Chair: Professor Polly Arnold

Panel: Dr Matt Mears, Anna-Jayne Metcalfe, Professor Anson Mackay

1455 – Coffee break

1515 – Session 3

Validating the use of novel barrier materials for the long term management of legacy nuclear waste sites – Pieter Bots (University of Strathclyde)

Nutrition supplementation decreases susceptibility to helminths and alters community composition of co-infecting parasites in a wild wood mouse population – Amy Sweeny (University of Edinburgh)

Deep Space, Deep Seas and Deep Learning: How Machine Learning Can Map Our Final Frontiers – Ashley Spindler (Centre for Astrophysical Research)

1610 – Announcement of 2020 LGBT STEMinar host – Alex Bond, Natural History Museum & LGBTQ+ STEM

1615 – Keynote – Professor Peter Coles

1655 – Closing – Helen Pain Deputy Chief Executive Royal Society of Chemistry

1700 – Posters and drinks reception

Social event off-site to follow, details TBD


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