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Registration now open!! Edinburgh Infectious Diseases Symposium - the virtual edition

We are delighted to announce that participants can now register for the 9th Annual Edinburgh Infectious Diseases Symposium on 10 and 11 November 2020.

2020 Annual symposium

Although we were very disappointed to have to cancel our plans to hold this year's symposium back in June, we have now decided to move the event online, so that we can continue to celebrate the fantastic breadth and depth of infectious disease research happening across our network.

As in previous years we will be presenting a showcase of the world-class infectious disease research in Edinburgh, and very much hope that you will be able to join us. 

We will be using the Collaborate platform to deliver the event, which will allow the talks and poster sessions to be interactive.

To ease screen-strain, we have split the event over two days – the afternoon of Tuesday 10 November and the morning of Wednesday 11 November 2020 – and have an excellent programme of talks and poster presentations each day.

Please register on Eventbrite

News just in - 29 October 2020

We are delighted that we will be hearing from 10 excellent Early Career Researchers in the lightening talk sessions!

  • Rose Blake – The Roslin Institute
  • Stephanie Brien – R(D)SVS and the Roslin Institute
  • Antonia Chalka – The Roslin Institute
  • Samantha Griffiths – Infection Medicine
  • Elizabeth Hughes – School of Biological Sciences
  • Susana Keane – The Roslin Institute
  • Tessa Nash – The Roslin Institute
  • Stanley Otoboh – Institute of Immunology and Infection Research, School of Biological Sciences
  • Nia Verdon – Institute for Condensed Matter and Complex Systems / Population Dynamics, School of Physics and Astronomy
  • Iona Walker – Edinburgh Centre for Medical Anthropology / Social Anthropology

Provisional programme

Tuesday 10 November

13:00:  Ross Fitzgerald (Director Edinburgh Infectious Diseases) – Welcome and introduction

13:10:  Keith Matthews (School of Biological Sciences) – Quorum sensing and competition in African trypanosomes

13:30:  Kate Templeton (Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh) – Coronavirus - TBC

13:50:  Jim Kaufman (School of Biological Sciences) – Generalists and specialists: more on a new way of thinking about MHC and disease


14:20: ECR Lightening talks 1

14:40:  Helen Alexander (School of Biological Sciences) – Evolution to the rescue: understanding pathogen survival in challenging environments

15:00:  Steve Jenkins (Centre for Inflammation Research) – The life and times of a macrophage: only the good die young?


16:00:  Ker Memorial Lecture:  Ron Fouchier (Erasmus MC, Rotterdam) – Emergence of respiratory viruses in humans, with focus on influenza

Wednesday 11 November

09:30:  Ker Prize Winner:  You(Leo) Li (Usher Institute) – Global seasonality of respiratory viruses and the association between viral acute respiratory infection and subsequent pneumococcal disease

09:50:  ECR Lightening talks 2

10:10:  Till Bachmann (Infection Medicine) –  Diagnostics for Antimicrobial Resistance

10:30:  Nikki Lynskey (Roslin Institute) – Title TBC

10:50:  Clare Hamilton (Moredun Research Institute) – Towards the characterisation of virulence of Toxoplasma gondii



12:00:  Lukas Engelmann (School of Social and Political Science) – Covid-19 and the Case for a new History of Epidemiology

12:20:  Tim Connelley (Roslin Institute ) – Using cattle immunogenetics and associated tools to enhance vaccine development

12:40:  Helen Stagg (Usher Institute) – Adherence to treatment: what does this mean for infectious disease control?

13:00:  Ross Fitzgerald (Director Edinburgh Infectious Diseases) – CLOSE

Further information

We will be updating the programme and schedule for the day on the Symposium website, so please check for further information.

9th Annual Edinburgh Infectious Diseases Symposium