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Rachel Bayley
Dr Rachel Bayley.

Dr Rachel Bayley, a Research Fellow within the Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences, will represent the University of Birmingham and join 600 of the most qualified young scientists from all over the world at the prestigious the 68th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Lindau, Germany, in June 2018.   

What are the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings?

The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings are held every year in Lindau, Germany. This year, the meeting will be dedicated to physiology and medicine. The meeting involves a number of Nobel Laureates and 600 young scientists, including undergraduates, PhD students and post-doctoral researchers from all over the world.

Meetings provide a unique opportunity for exchange between young scientists of different generations, cultures and disciplines as well as the opportunity to meet recipients of the Nobel Prize. The six-day programme includes lectures, discussions and master classes that are designed to activate the exchange of knowledge, ideas and experience between and among Nobel Laureates and young scientists.

What is your research area?

I am conducting my post-doctoral research in the laboratory of Dr Martin Higgs as part of the Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences. My current project focuses on broadening our understanding of how cells repair DNA damage, and how problems in this process contribute to the development of human diseases, including cancer.

What are you hoping to achieve by attending the Meeting?

I was nominated to represent the University of Birmingham at this prestigious meeting through a call from the Royal Society. Further to this, I passed the competitive selection process in which applications are assessed by the scientific review panel of the Council for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings.

By attending this meeting I hope to share my research activities with other young scientists and Nobel Laureates, with a view to inspiring new ideas and exploring potential collaborations. In addition, the meeting will provide an excellent setting to promote the wider ongoing research activities at the University of Birmingham.

I am confident this meeting will be a valuable and inspirational experience that will help me to develop further as an early career academic researcher.