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Monday 22nd February 2021 – 1:30pm to 3:30pm (GMT)

Interdisciplinary knowledge exchange to tackle global health challenges

How important is to transcend disciplinary boundaries when addressing complex systems such as global health? Exploring the need for interdisciplinarity.
In this first session of Bloomsbury SET Conference 2021 will provide an overview of the Bloomsbury SET Knowledge Exchange Programme, followed by presentations from two leading academics working across disciplines and the broader ecosystem of universities, commercialisation and policy making. The event aims to explore new perspectives on interdisciplinary work to foster innovation.


Dr Ray Kent, The Royal Veterinary College (Chair); Prof Joyce Tait, The Innogen Institute and Dr Jeremy Salt, GALVmed


Wednesday 24th February 2021 –11am to 12:30pm (GMT)

Research Translation, Commercialisation and Impact

What are the pathways to deliver positive social, environmental and economic impact by the knowledge generated from research?
This panel discussion aimed for early-career researchers will bring diverse perspectives on how we can encourage and nurture an innovative environment to support translational research. Speakers will share their different experiences on working with interdisciplinary teams to develop transformative solutions to complex challenges. Experts from different fields will explore routes to take research into action either by commercialisation, research translation or increasing its impact in the policy making process.


Prof Chris Taylor, SPARK, Cardiff University; Hugo Villanueva (PhD), Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst and Dr David Rose, University of Reading


Wednesday 24th February 2021 – 2pm to 3:30pm (GMT)

Funding opportunities for translational research

What is current funding landscape for translational research in Global Health?
This session brings together representatives of relevant funding agencies to discuss the priority areas to drive breakthroughs in the control of infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance. Discussion will focus on schemes aimed for both the UK and globally.


Prof Helen Lambert, UKRI Challenge Lead; Ruth Neale, NESTA and Dr Phil Packer, Innovate UK.


Thursday 25th February 2021 – 11am to 12:30pm (GMT)

Responding to emerging infectious diseases

A session of fast paced lightning talks presenting a selection of the Bloomsbury SET programme projects connecting expertise in comparative biological sciences, human and veterinary diagnostics, epidemiology, vaccine development, health economics, artificial intelligence, big data, disease surveillance, public health and social science.

Speakers: TBC


Thursday 25th February 2021 – 2pm – 3:30pm

Applying innovation and knowledge exchange approaches to the field of emerging infectious disease

What is required to make a difference? How are effective teams and connections built?
This session brings together a panel of leaders from the diagnostic and vaccine development industries, health data integration and management, and capacity building in African Biosciences.
Speakers will explore the challenges and opportunities for developing skills, fostering creative ideas, partnerships and accelerating impact.


Dr Martin Smith, Vaccines Manufacturing and Innovation Centre; Dr Wellington Ekaya, International Livestock Research Institute, Kenya and Mologic (TBC)

Friday 26th February – 11am – 12:30pm

Connecting capabilities: building successful interdisciplinary collaboration and what’s next for the Bloomsbury SET

This closing plenary will review the week , highlighting key messages and exploring options for the future of the programme.


Dr Ray Kent, The Royal Veterinary College (Chair); Prof Janet Hemingway, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and Prof Claire Heffernan, London International Development Centre