Usher Institute


Key seminars relevant to Usher Institute staff and students.

There are many seminars and events taking place that are organised or hosted by, or likely to be of interest to, Usher Institute staff and students.

Most seminars open to general attendees are listed on the Usher Institute Events page:

Usher Institute Events

Please note many seminars/events require registration to ensure there is space - please contact event organisers if in any doubt.

Centre and Research Group seminars

Many research groups hold regular meetings and informal seminars through the year.  A selection of these are listed below:

​​​​Centre for Medical Informatics

The Centre for Medical Informatics meet weekly for face-to-face seminars. Presentations will include a mix of external speakers and research presentations from across the Centre and Usher, including presentations from PhD students and early career researchers. The seminars will take place at NINE BioQuarter, Craigmillar Room every Monday morning from 1100-1300. Coffee will be served at 1100 and the seminar will start at 1120, followed by a networking lunch from 1220-1300.

Calendar invitations will be sent out to the relevant Usher mailing lists. For catering purposes, please only accept the invitation if you intend to join the seminar in person. If you do not receive these invites by email but would like to attend the seminar, please contact Matt Bouamrane directly (

Organised by Matt Bouamrane.

Centre for Global Health

The Centre for Global Health meet at lunchtime on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month during University term time - alternating between an all staff/student open meeting and staff/student presentations. They meet in Mackenzie House, with the option to join remotely.

Organised by Clara Calvert/Simon Finnigan. For further information please contact Simon Finnigan.

Centre for Population Health Sciences

Monthly meetings held online for updates/sharing of news and presentations from members of the Centre.

Organised by Linda Bauld/David Weller/Lynn Anderson. For further information please contact Lynn Anderson.

Methodological groups

Qualitative Researchers in Health

A friendly, informal group designed for mutual support, interest and information exchange.  This discussion group of researchers from Usher and beyond who employ qualitative methods includes informal sessions on qualitative methods, analysis, writing, and ethical dilemmas by drawing on the experiences of individual members and external speakers. Anyone with an interest in qualitative research is welcome to join the group and can contact one of the convenors ( , , to be added to the mailing list.

Organised by Neneh Rowa-Dewar, Debbie Cavers and Ruth Hart.

Social Science of Health and Biomedicine Group

The Social Science group within the Usher Institute is a supportive group of researchers from across the social science disciplines. We conduct cutting-edge research in our ‘home’ disciplines, but also contribute to and lead interdisciplinary projects with colleagues across the Usher Institute, and beyond. We meet weekly for most of the year, currently on Tuesday lunchtimes, for friendly, informal seminars on topics of shared interest. New members, including interested PhD students, very welcome: contact Ingrid ( or Ellen ( with any queries.

Organised by Ingrid Young and Ellen Stewart.

Molecular Epidemiology Group

A group of epidemiologists, geneticists, statisticians and public health specialists interested in exchange of knowledge and ideas, collaboration within and outside the group and interdisciplinary approaches to discovery of factors contributing to aetiology and pathogenesis of complex diseases in humans.

Organised by Nicola Pirastu.

Edinburgh Health Economics Group

A monthly meeting for those interested in Health Economics.

Organised by Andy Stoddart.

Staff and student groups

Early Career Researchers

PhD society