4th BME Early Career Researcher Conference 2020

Event Details

  • Event date: – 24/04/2020
  • Venue: G34, Sir Alexander Fleming Building, Imperial College London Imperial College Road London SW7 2AZ

About this Event:

This conference offers you the opportunity to hear from BME researchers, from PhD student to Professor level (and beyond!) who share their experiences of how they have managed to navigate the academic space successfully so you can envision your own route to your place within the academic arena.

In addition to inspiring, encouraging and empowering accounts from BME academics, you will also get the chance to participate in workshops providing practical advice and support on everything from networking, grant writing, mentoring, coaching and sponsorship, to maintaining your mental health and wellbeing in academia.

This one-day workshop will help equip you with the tools to successfully navigate the academic space so you can stay in academia!



Keynote Speaker:

Professor Dame Elizabeth Anionwu DBE, FRCN, Winner of Pride of Britain 2019


Guest Speakers:

Iyiola Solanke, Professor of EU Law, University of Leeds and founder of Black Female Professor Forum

Jason Arday, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Durham University

Faith Uwadiae, Postdoctoral researcher in Immunology, The Crick Institute and creator of Wiki BME scientist Diversithon

Danielle Tran, Associate Professor & Associate Dean of Academic Enhancement, University of the Arts London

De-Shaine Murray, PhD student in Neurotechnology, Imperial College London


Afternoon Workshops

Health and Wellbeing – Amberlee Green

Mentoring, Coaching and Sponsorship – Coreene Archer

Professional Development – Gabrielle Kerr-Gordon

Grant Writing – Dr Candace Hassall (Wellcome Trust)

Networking – Suzanne Alleyne


Other activities include:

Expert Panelist Discussion with Question and Answer Session

Leading Routes Founder and Director Paulette Williams outlines prospects for BME academics in the future.

Lots of networking opportunities and the chance to be selected to attend a FREE Professional Development Day.



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