Infection and Immunity Early Career Researchers' symposium 2022

16 February 2022, 1.00 PM - 16 February 2022, 5.30 PM

G13-G14 and foyer, Life Sciences Building

The Elizabeth Blackwell Institute Infection and Immunity Research Network will be hosting its annual Early Career Researchers' (ECRs) symposium on 16 February 2022. 

This half-day event will comprise oral and poster presentations from ECRs as well as keynote talks from invited external speakers. 


  • Alex McCarthy (Lecturer in Innate Immunity, Imperial College London) – Alex’s group is based at the MRC Centre for Molecular Bacteriology & Infection. They study the role of innate immune receptors in the generation and modulation of innate immune responses in host immunity and inflammation, and how pathogens exploit these receptors to manipulate innate immune responses.
  • Laura Bowater   (Professor of Microbiology Education and Engagement, University of East Anglia) – Laura leads an interdisciplinary research project focused on public engagement with the global problem of antibiotic resistance (AMR), working with the Society of General Microbiology to create a Citizen Science project. The research will be focused on the laboratory aspects of hunting for new antimicrobial products but will also examining whether citizen science  can effectively engage the public with the issues that underpin the growing problem of antibiotic resistance.

Abstract Submission:

Submission deadline is 5 January 2022

The Network's steering group invites all Early Career Researchers conducting research in any infection and immunity area to submit an abstract for consideration. Abstracts on mathematical modelling, epidemiology, cellular work, imaging, interdisciplinary collaborations, clinical challenges, parasitology, zoonoses, vaccinology, computer modelling, equipment design, as well as everything outside and in between these areas are very welcome.   

We have no set definition for an ECR; we welcome submissions from undergraduates, postgraduates, postdocs, technicians, recently appointed lecturers who are starting their academic careers, clinicians embarking on a research career, and anyone else who feels they are starting a new phase in their career journey.  

The event is expected to take place in-person in the Life Sciences Building, circumstances permitting. 

Download the abstract submission form: Infection_and_Immunity_ECR_Abstract-submission-form-2022 (Office document, 221kB) 

CASH PRIZES for best oral and poster presentations up for grabs

Aims of the event:

The Infection and Immunity Research Network's Early Career Researchers' event is a fantastic opportunity for Early Career Researchers to write and submit an abstract and strengthen their presentation skills to an audience of their peers. This is the perfect platform to share your work, explore alternative methodologies, ask questions if you feel one aspect of your research would benefit from wider input, offer expertise and encourage wider collaborations. This is your chance to take part in discussions that could lead to greater inter- and multidisciplinary understanding of the research in question and its potential relevance to other areas. Early-stage proposals are welcomed. 

The event is open to all; if you are not presenting, please attend and support our ECRs from across faculties to gain a better understanding of the incredible breadth of research taking place across the wider Infection and Immunity community. 

This event aims to foster the creation of new research directions but new ways of working, new ways to support and enable our academic community, and new learning experiences. 

Submission deadline is 5 January 2022


ALL staff and students across the University, in all Schools, Units and Faculties, are very welcome to participate. 

  • Registration is free and includes a buffet lunch and refreshments during the poster session.
  • Registration closes Monday, 7 February 2022
  • Register here 

Draft Programme:

Further information will be available in January 2022 after submissions have closed.


Buffet lunch




ECR talk 1


ECR talk 2


ECR talk 3


ECR talk 4


Refreshments and Poster Session


Alex McCarthy (Imperial College)


ECR talk 5


ECR talk 6


ECR talk 7


ECR talk 8


Laura Bowater (University of East Anglia)



Contact information

For further information contact Catherine Brown ( 

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