Just over 200 people attended the 2013 Fellows Symposium on 3 June to listen to Fellows from the Schools of Immunity & Infection and Cancer Sciences talk about their research, and also to hear from two new Fellows, Yanina Sevastsyanovich and Amanda Rossiter.

Fellows are those researchers (clinical and non-clinical) who have managed to secure independent funding through submission of their own research project proposal.  For information regarding fellowship opportunities please contact Jackie Hawkins at j.o.hawkins@bham.ac.uk.

The standard of talks was really superb and sparked some very interesting questions during the Q&A sessions, and also some lively debates during the coffee breaks!

Organised by Dr David Withers from the School of I&I and held in the Leonard Deacon Lecture Theatre, this event is an annual occurrence with the aim of promoting the research being undertaken by our talented Fellows, identifying potential collaboration opportunities, nurture inter-School communication and highlight potential career paths to newer researchers.  Other positive outcomes are that it helps generate research ideas and new approaches to work, whilst providing inspiration to colleagues.

There were plenty of networking opportunities throughout the event, including a short beer/wine and nibbles session at the end of the day.  8 sponsors also took part and helped provide a fun element to the day by providing prize draws and many of their ever-popular freebies.

Our thanks go to:

Speakers: Amanda Rossiter, Francis Mussai, Helen McGettrick, Yanina Sevastsyanovich, Claire Shannon-Lowe, David Mason, David Withers, Heather Long, Zania Stamataki, Francesca Barone, Aga Gambus, Maarten Hoogenkamp, Paloma Garcia, Claire C Davies

Chairs: Profs David Adams, Paul Moss, Janet Lord, Malcolm Taylor

Sponsors: Peprotech, Starlab, Beckman Coulter, EBioscience, BD, Life Technologies, Miltenyi Biotec, Bioline