Student Research Conference

11 September 2023, Newcastle upon Tyne

This one day conference aims to provide postgraduate students with the skills and tools needed for life following their PhD, and is a day to spend networking with peers ahead of the main Annual Scientific Meeting. Tickets for the Student Research Conference include overnight accommodation on Sunday 10 September, and the conference gives students opportunities to:

  • Get together and share thoughts and ideas with others also studying for their PhDs 
  • Network with senior researchers
  • Learn more about research
  • Find out about possible career paths
  • Present their research (as a talk or poster) to a friendly and like-minded group
  • Posters presented at the Student Research Conference will remain on display during the Annual Scientific Meeting, attracting a wider audience (just remember to buy a ticket for the main meeting as well!)


Sunday 10 September - 

16:00  Arrival and registration
19:00  Tour of the Quayside and dinner in Newcastle (Meet at 18:45 in the hotel reception).

Overnight accommodation in the Copthorne Hotel

Monday 11 September - 

08:30  Registration, tea and coffee
09:00  Welcome and overview of BMS member benefits and opportunities for PGR students, Janet Quinn, Newcastle University, and BMS President
09:15  Publishing your manuscript: what happens after submission and manuscript acceptance, Mark Gannon, Elsevier
09:40  Effective scientific communication and outreach, Mark Ramsdale, University of Exeter, and Chair of FEO committee
10:05  Multidisciplinary working, Beth Mills, UKRI Future Leaders Fellow, Edinburgh University

10:30  Refreshments
11:00  Short talks by PhD students:

11:00  Engineering functional fungal materials with bioactive nanoparticles; a natural interaction process for fabricating reusable heavy metal scavenger in waste-water purification, Juwon Samuel Afolayan, Nottingham Trent University
11:10  Fungi-on-a-Chip: Visualising Fungal-Bacterial Interactions and Fungal-Mediated Water Redistribution, Amelia Clark, Imperial College London
11:20  Investigating the Interactions Between Deubiquitinases and Reactive Oxygen Species in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Sukhmani Kaur, Newcastle University
11:30  Converging neighbours: Exploring interactions between Candida and bacterial species, Purvi Joshi, The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda
11:40  Yeast-on-a-Chip: Development of a microfluidic device for the investigation of social interactions in synthetic yeast communities, Seda Duman, Imperial College London 
11:50  Antifungal activity of gut commensal and pathogenic bacteria, Maisie Palmer, Newcastle University
12:00  Leveraging antagonistic fungal interactions as biocontrol for destructive forest pathogens in the genus Armillaria, Ed Pyne, Bangor University
12:10  Spores-on-a-Chip: A novel microfluidic platform for investigations on arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and their interactions, Felix Richter, Imperial College London
12:20  Fungal endophyte community assembly in carnivorous plants, Brandon Shaw, Loughborough University
12:30  Lunch and posters

14:00  Different career paths following your PhD:

Working in industry: Mike Csukai, Syngenta
Informatics: Evelina Basenko,
Fellowships/academic: Jane Usher, University of Exeter
15:00  Q&A session with the career development panel involving all speakers
16:00  Registration begins for the Annual Scientific Meeting, with tea and coffee
19:00  For those attending the Annual Scientific Meeting: welcome buffet and networking at the Copthorne Hotel

Download the programme

See the programme for the Student Research Conference and the Annual Scientific Meeting.


Registration fees include attendance at the Student Research Conference on 11 September, as well as the social event the evening before: a tour of the Quayside and dinner in Newcastle, plus accommodation at the Copthorne Hotel on Sunday 10 September.

  • Postgraduate student - BMS Member - Free 
  • Postgraduate student - Non-member - £30

The Student Research Conference is an introduction to the Annual Scientific Meeting.  A ticket for the Student Research Conference must be added to your booking when you register for the Annual Scientific Meeting

If you're not a BMS member: the event cost is discounted for BMS members, so do consider joining the BMS before you book your conference tickets!

Tickets for the Student Research Conference are now SOLD OUT.