London Interdisciplinary Biosciences Consortium (LIDo)

This February the London Interdisciplinary Biosciences Consortium DTP invites students from sister doctoral training programmes and centres at our partner institutions, and their collaborators to join us for a week of cross research council remit talks. We will be hosting a variety of eminent speakers from academia, industry, government and the private sector and we hope to welcome students from a number of programmes.

Individual days are tailored to specific research themes intersecting with the BBSRC remit, so it is likely you will find some topics more relevant to your interests than others but please feel free to register for as many days as you wish.

On each day there will be an opportunity over lunch or drinks to mingle with our guest speakers and network with students from our programme, speaker bios and further details of their talks will follow shortly.

Due to limited space and for catering purposes, please do make sure that you register using the appropriate link and cancel your place if you can no longer attend.

Monday 18th February 10:30-17:30 with networking lunch and reception

Theme: Clinical Trials

Venue: G79 Franklin Wilkins Building, King’s College Guy’s Campus

 Confirmed Speakers

Prof. Sandra Eldridge, Queen Mary, University of London

What are cluster randomised trials and why are they so common in primary care


Simon Denegri NIHR National Director For Patients and the Public

Patient and Public Involvement in Clinical Trials (exact title tbc)


Dr Claudio Fracasso, Global Pediatric Medical Director, Pfizer

Paediatric Clinical Trials (exact title tbc)


Prof. Ly-Mee Yu, University of Oxford

Statistical Challenges in Clinical Trials (exact title tbc)


Dr Anita Marguerie de Rotrou, University of Cambridge

Translating Basic Science to Clinical Trials (exact title tbc)


Tuesday 19th February 14:00-18:00 with a networking reception

Theme: Sustainable Agriculture

Venue: G79 Franklin Wilkins Building, King’s College Guy’s Campus

Confirmed Speakers

Prof. Christopher Atkinson, University of Greenwich

Intensified Food Production Through Sustainable Agriculture


Prof Steve McGrath, Rothamsted Research

Soil Science (exact title tbc)


Richard Shaw, Centre for Agriculture & Bioscience International

Invasive weeds: a big issue with some little solutions / the realities of biocontrol.


Peter Sutton, Syngenta

Environmental Stewardship (exact title tbc)


Thursday 21st February 09:30-15:30 with networking lunch

Theme: Biofuels

Venue: Lecture Theatre 2, New Hunts House, King’s College Guy’s Campus

Confirmed Speakers

Dr Stuart Wagland, Cranfield University

Fuels from Waste Materials (exact title tbc)


Carlo Giallombardo, Metabolic Consultancy Amsterdam

Biofuel Sustainability and the Bioeconomy (exact title tbc)


Adrian Gault, Chief Economist, Committee on Climate Change

The role of biomass in a low-carbon economy


Prof. Kevin Flynn, Swansea University

Microalgae, biofuels and how to kill an ecosystem


Dr Michael Goldsworthy, Greenhouse Gas Manager (Sustainability), Drax Power Ltd

Sustainability of Bioenergy Systems


Friday 22nd February 11:00-17:00 with networking lunch and reception

Theme: Artificial Intelligence

Venue: Nunn Hall, UCL Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way

Confirmed Speakers

Prof. Newton Howard, University of Oxford

Neuroscience-Inspired Artificial Intelligence (exact title tbc)


Prof. Hassan Ugail, University of Bradford

The Rise of Artificial Intelligence – Human vs Machine


Prof. Alan Winfield, University of West England

The Ethical Roboticist


Professor Adrian David Cheok, City, University of London

AI and Human Intimacy (exact title tbc)


Eleonora Harwich, Reform

Doing AI in the NHS

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