LGBTQ+ 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

For those arriving on Thursday, there will be an informal gathering at the New Bloomsbury Set (Marchmont St, nearest Tube: Russell Square or Kings Cross) starting at 1830.

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

After the conference close on Friday 11 January, you are welcome to join other delegates at the Somers Town Coffee house where a room has been booked. It is close to Euston and walkable from the conference venue. 60 Chalton St, London NW1 1HS

Keynote Speakers

Dr Izzie Jayasinghe – Finding solace in STEM

I am a lecturer and the lead investigator of the Nanoscale Microscopy Group, embedded within the Cardiovascular and Exercise Physiology core at the University of Leeds. I am also a transgender woman and a lesbian partner to another academic. I trained primarily as a biomedical scientist; however my research has focused almost entirely on the biophysics of the heart and the development of new biophotonic tools, particularly super-resolution microscopy. A short academic career so far has taken me to three different countries with diverse political and academic cultures. I currently work in a faculty that is home to many LGBT+ scientists and a very diverse student body. Here, I have found the support and encouragement to continue developing, refining, and applying new methods to optically visualise the elementary structures of life: single proteins.

Professor Peter Coles – Out in Astrophysics

Peter Coles is Professor of Theoretical Physics at Maynooth University in Ireland. His research is in the area of cosmology and the large-scale structure of the Universe. He has written over 150 research articles and several books on these topics. Peter completed his doctorate in the Astronomy Centre at the University of Sussex in 1988, remaining there as a postdoctoral researcher until 1990. After that he had faculty positions at: Queen Mary, University of London; the University of Nottingham; Cardiff University; and the University of Sussex (as Head of of the School of Mathematical & Physical Sciences). He moved to Ireland in 2017 to take up his current role.

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