Research, industry and policy join forces to tackle antimicrobial resistance

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The post was originally published on the Royal Society of Biology blog on 16 July 2015.

If we fail to act on AMR then an additional 10 million lives would be lost each year to drug-resistant strains of malaria, HIV, TB, and certain bacterial infections by 2050, at a cost to the world economy of 100 trillion USD (O’Neill, 2015).

To enable collaboration in tackling this issue the Learned Society Partnership on Antimicrobial Resistance (LeSPAR) recently organised a series of three networking workshops on antimicrobial resistance (AMR), in London, Dundee and Nottingham, which brought together a wide range of researchers at all career stages, industry representatives and policymakers. Continue reading


Parliamentary Links Day: placing science and engineering at the top of the political agenda

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Me with Jo Johnson MP

The post was originally published on the Biochemical Society blog on 1 July 2015.

Even though I started working as a Science Policy Assistant at the Biochemical Society and the Society of Biology less than a month ago, a lot has happened, and all of it very exciting. One might wonder how this joint position works (in the beginning so did I!)

The Biochemical Society channels its policy work through the (soon to be Royal) Society of Biology, therefore it is useful for the both organisations to have one person who coordinate the joint policy work.

One of the most memorable moments so far has been the Parliamentary Links Day. Every year the Society of Biology organises this event to strengthen the communication between Parliament and the science and engineering community. To add extra sparkle to this year’s event it happened to also be Women in Engineering Day! Continue reading

Science graduates in white coats: is that all there is?

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Final exams…check, dissertation and viva…check…graduation…loading! What’s your next step? For recent graduates and undergraduates, are you aware of the varied career options available to you? In today’s job market, it is important to know what employment ‘doors’ your degree can open for you. It isn’t always what you think though. In today’s article, Gabriele Butkute, discusses non-lab based career options for science graduates.

If you are a final year student, you will be familiar with the question “so, what are you doing after you graduate?” You are getting frustrated just by reading that, aren’t you? Some people have known what they want to do since their first day at University and have never changed their minds. However, most of us aren’t that lucky (?) – we have a vague idea of our future career, but as our studies progress we see the picture in our head change, often causing a fair…

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Calendar-free scribbles

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You know how I write these blog posts? I look at my calendar and check for the things that have happened in between posts. Then I make a list. Then I elaborate on it. Taadddaa, here’s a blog post!

I always write about the things that have happened. There is more to it than that, though. And probably you don’t want to know about every single meeting I go to, anyway (seriously, who would?!).

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#techented: what’s next?


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Notes & scribbles from “Technology enhanced enterprise and entrepreneurship education” conference, organized by HEEG, EEUK, and Kingston University.

 3 #techented lessons I learnt (to list them all we would need a separate blog post):

  • sit next to somebody who makes cool mind-map style notes & get inspired (thanks, Alisdair!);
  • enthusiasm is (still) the key;
  • it is important to allow students personalise their learning experience.

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I am an intern. Yes, I matter.

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I am an intern. Yes, I matter. No, I am not selfish. All I am saying is that you have to take pride in what you do. Otherwise, you might as well stay at home. Before the internship, I was an events and administrative assistant. The job I do is very similar, but we have to agree, “assistant” just sounds better, doesn’t it? Internships do have a bad reputation, though hopefully not for long. It’s just semantics, really. I also get asked whether I get paid. Duh, of course I do. Who could to afford to work for 9 months for free while living in London! The fact that people still ask me that, means there is a lot of work to be done to eradicate the unpaid internships. They are evil. Pure evil. Now that I got that out of my system (it was due), let me tell you what I have lately done at work. The last London Met FUTURE event was a workshop “How to become a business psychologist”. It was very nice to meet Nick Clench, our alumnus and to hear more about this pretty interesting part of psychology. Nick has his own blog where he shares best practise, that applies to anyone in a workplace, have a look. Continue reading

6 emotional stages of event planning

You’ve probably seen diagrams and articles of the stages involved in event management. Usually they look something like this: planning, promotion, event, follow-through.

Well, how useful is that? They don’t tell you anything about what is happening in the event planner’s head. So let me walk you through the 6 emotional stages of event management.

6 is a number I picked. It is neither wrong nor correct. I would love to hear about your emotional ups and downs, and what makes you tick. And click. And go crazy.

Stage #1: The conception of the idea

For some people this is the highest excitement point. I am usually a bit sceptical and cautious at this time and say things like this during the team meetings: “Well, yes, this is a great idea, I just need to think it through and get back to you”. Or just smile. That often works too. Basically, I just don’t want say an impulsive “yes”, and then find myself organising an event I don’t believe in, in a way that won’t work.

Stage #2: Planning of the promotionevent management planning to-do list marketing

Keep in mind, this is the “planning of the promotion”, not yet the promotion itself. For some of you this is one and the same but for me, this is all about making colour coded todo lists and writing the deadlines down. And then I hang it on the wall. Most people put pictures of their families up or artsy posters. Yeah, I don’t do that stuff. My to-do lists are pieces of art (to me, you got the right to have a slightly different opinion).
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I have a pot plant! And it is still alive.

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After a while the word “busy” kinda loses meaning, or at least significance. We are all very busy. That aside, do you have another excuse?

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a1670deb0c9f02a329139d3172e1b1ddWhat have I been up to? Well, we recently had our BSc Biomedical Science alumna Cristina Leggio come back to our university and share her experience of working in an ebola diagnostic lab in Sierra Leone. My role in that? Organised the talk and wrote a short news article on it, have a look. Those who can become awesome biomedical scientists – do that, those who can’t – write about it.  Continue reading

Infographics, conferences & blogging success

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February has been the busiest month so far and there is a certain feeling of relief now that it has ended. A feeling of accomplishment too.

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I recently signed up for an online course on the Secret Power of Brands run by UEA via FutureLearn. I am new to marketing, brands and enterprise. So I think this course will help me get an introduction of branding and help my daily work too (London Met FUTURE is a new brand at the faculty, so not so far fetched). Continue reading