Weekly round-up #183

annual meeting day one


VALIDATE Annual Meeting: Day One - 15 September 2021

A week today we will hold the first day of our virtual Annual Meeting 2021, including project reports from recipients of our Pump-Priming grants and our VALIDATE Fellows and an update on VALIDATE from our Network Manager. The programme is:

  • Update on VALIDATE

VALIDATE Network Manager Sam Vermaak will update members about what VALIDATE has achieved over the last four years as well as our plans for the future.

  • Pump-Priming Presentations 

Characterising the cellular immunity and metabolic response to Mycobacterium tuberculosis and Burkholderia pseudomallei in Indian patients for vaccine design (P033)
Prof Chiranjay Mukhopadhyay, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, India

Developing a mouse model of diabetes to evaluate vaccines for TB and melioidosis (P022)
Dr Elena Stylianou, Jenner Institute, University of Oxford, UK

Vaccines to target people with diabetes: characterising the pathways of immune response to M. tuberculosis and B. pseudomallei in people with diabetes compared to non-diabetics (P016)
Patpong Rongkard, Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit, Thailand/University of Oxford, UK

  • VALIDATE Fellowship Presentations

Characterising the BCG-induced antibody response to inform the design of improved vaccines against M.tuberculosis, M.leprae and M.bovis
Dr Rachel Tanner, University of Oxford, UK

  • Early Career Researcher (ECR) Open Forum

This half hour session between VALIDATE Management and VALIDATE ECRs will be an open discussion around what training, career support and topics you would like VALIDATE to run in the future. All Associate and Affiliate members are welcome (indeed encouraged!) to join, as we'd really value your input to make VALIDATE as useful as possible for you all. We will be running one of these sessions at each Annual Meeting day to enable ECRs in all timezones to input into VALIDATE's future.


Register today:

You can still register and find out more about this day, as well as Days 2 and 3 (in October and November 2021), on the VALIDATE Annual Meeting 2021 webpage.



  • MRC Career Development Award - For doctors, dentists, nurses, midwives, AHP (& some vets) to establish their own research group – 15 September 2021

  • Daphne Jackson Fellowships - These fellowships are for those looking to return to a research career after a break of two or more years for family, health or caring reasons – deadline 14 December 2021

  • ERC Synergy Grants 2021 - Are you a researcher that wants to address a research problem so ambitious, that can not be dealt with you and your team alone? The Synergy Grants could be for you – deadline 10 November 2021

  • NRF DAAD - The National Research Foundation (NRF) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) award MA and PhD scholarships to South African citizens and permanent South African residents for postgraduate studies at public South African universities – deadline 30 November 2021

You can find a list of all relevant external funding we've spotted for our members on our external funding page.

    Training Opportunities and Events:

    Find more training and events opportunities on our Training and Events pages.

    Job Opportunities:

    There are many more relevant career opportunities on our jobs page.



    Check out our Publications Page for members' publications and email VALIDATE@ndm.ox.ac.uk if you have a paper you would like us to include.


    Highlights on Twitter this week:

    The Microbiology Society ran a member’s chat series, Nature Careers discussed how social media has helped black researchers, and abstract submissions are open for the Global Forum on TB. IVI promoted their 20th International Vaccinology Course, the BSI opened applications for their immunology teaching awards, and we reminded followers about our BCG Adventures computer games. Nature Careers spoke to experts about their grant writing process and highlighted useful tips for drafting publication submission cover letters, and the UK Department of Social Care ran a campaign asking medical experts about the importance of childhood vaccines. Easily keep up to date on the news in our research field by following @NetworkVALIDATE.


    Published: 8 September 2021