Regular ‘Lightning Talks’ and Networking sessions are an opportunity for GW4 Alliance-based ECRs and PGRs to participate in/hear short (3 min) talks from GW4 Alliance ECRs and PGRs working in a range of AMR disciplines and to network in smaller breakout groups hosted by the Network’s committee members.


7th September Lightning Talks and Networking Session online event

A chance to hear about the work of ECRs and PGRs from across GW4, in short bitesize talks, including a networking session to discuss and share research in small breakout groups.

Draft programme:

  • Bath ECR
  • Bristol PGR
  • Dr Helen Brown (Dental School, Cardiff University) ‘Title TBC’
  • Laura Murray (Environment and Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter) ‘Selection and Co-selection for Antimicrobial Resistance by Plant Protection Products’

Networking session

  • Bath PGR
  • Dr Caroline Best (Bristol Veterinary School, University of Bristol) “Understanding AMR on Welsh dairy, beef and sheep farms through environmental sampling
  • Naomi Hughes (School of Biosciences, Cardiff University) ‘Title TBC’
  • Dr David Walker-Sünderhauf (European Centre for Environment and Human Health, University of Exeter) ‘Using CRISPR-Cas9 to Remove AMR Plasmids from Bacteria & Communities’

Registration is now open and your place can be booked via Eventbrite.


June 13 2022 Lightning Talks and Networking Session

  • Dr Vince Bakos (Dept. Chemical Engineering, University of Bath) ‘Development of AMR in Wastewater Systems’
  • Rania Nassar (School of Dentistry, Cardiff University) ‘Eradication of Endodontic Biofilms’
  • Dr Susan Conlon (University of Bristol Vet School) Understanding everyday health and environmental management on dairy farms in Argentina (FARMS SAFE | UK – Argentina)
  • Boglarka Kiss (College of Social Science and International Studies, University of Exeter) ‘Phage Therapy and Human-Microbe Relations’
  • Dr Daniel Padfield (European Centre for Environment and Human Health, University of Exeter) ‘Will the Problem of Antibiotic Resistance Get Worse in a Warmer World?’
  • Vicky Bennett (Dept. Biology and Biochemistry, University of Bath) ‘Biocide Adaptation in Urinary Pathogens
  • Lynden Rooms (School of Biochemistry, University of Bristol) ‘New Drugs, Old Scaffold; Novel Therapeutics Against Bacterial Folate Biosynthesis
  • Dr David Gallacher (School of Medicine, Cardiff University) ‘Azithromycin Resistance in Preterm Infants

May 19 2022 – ‘Our Early Career Pathways in AMR Research

  • Dr Neil Brown (University of Bath)Neil is a molecular fungal biologist and a BBSRC Future Leaders Fellow/Lecturer at the University of Bath. His path has taken him from Bath, to London, Edinburgh, Sau Paulo and back to Bath.
  • Dr Michaela Serpi (Cardiff University)Michaela is a medicinal chemist with a strong background in drug discovery and is in her first lectureship position. Her research journey has brought her to Cardiff from Italy via the USA and a brief stop in Denmark.
  • Dr Seána Duggan (University of Exeter) Seána’s research focuses on fungal-bacterial co-infections especially Candida albicans and Staphylococcus aureus and is an Early Career Fellow at the MRC Centre for Medical Mycology in Exeter. Her research path has taken her from Ireland, to Germany, to the UK, including spending some time in publishing.

April 27 2022 Lightning Talks and Networking Session

  • Dr Alex Mullins (School of Biosciences, Cardiff University) ‘Biopesticides in Agriculture – Alternatives to Antimicrobials’
  • Binjuan Liu (Bristol Medical School, University of Bristol) ‘Understanding Agricultural Antibiotic Use and Antimicrobial Resistance Ecologies in Eastern Rural China’
  • Joe Turner (Dept. Chemical Engineering, University of Bath) ‘Hydrogel-forming Microneedles for Transdermal Antibiotic Delivery’
  • Dr Emily Wood (School of Biosciences, University of Exeter) ‘Global Patterns of AMR
  • Dr Marjorie Gibbon (Dept. Biology and Biochemistry, University of Bath) ‘Virulence Factor Aerobactin is Strongly Associated with Isolates of Klebsiella spp. Recovered from Pigs’
  • Olivia Turner (European Centre for Environment and Health, University of Exeter) ‘The Role of Wild Birds in Disseminating AMR in the Farm Environment’
  • Brandon Marshall (School of Chemistry, University of Cardiff) ‘ New Drugs to Target Biofilm Formation’
  • Dr Rachel Kwiatkowska (Bristol Medical School, University of Bristol) ‘Surveillance for Infections in Long-Term Care Facilities’

February 28 2022 Lightning Talks and Networking Session

  • Isobel Garratt (Dept. Biology and Biochemistry, University of Bath) ‘AMR in Polymicrobial Communities: From Sinks to Catheters’
  • Dr Barbara Caddick (Dept. History and Centre for Academic Primary Care, Bristol Medical School, University of Bristol) An Historical Exploration of Antibiotic Use in Primary Health Care’
  • Macaulay Winter (European Centre for Environment and Human Health, University of Exeter) ‘Testing the Adaptive Benefits of Bacterial Transformation’
  • Dr Rebecca Weiser (School of Biosciences, Cardiff University) ‘Microbiota Analysis to Investigate Polymicrobial AMR Lung infections in People with Cystic Fibrosis’
  • Dr Andrew Jones (Dept. Theology and Religion, University of Exeter) “Learning to Ask the Right Questions: Engaging with Stakeholders and Farmers to Understand the Impacts of Fungicides in Arable Farming”
  • Claire Scott (Bristol Veterinary School) ‘Exploring Antibiotic Use and Resistance on UK Smallholdings’
  • Wenya Xue (School of Dentistry, Cardiff University) Effect of Epoxy-tiglianes on Chronic Wound Bacteria ‘
  • Dr Maisem Laabei (Dept. Biology and Biochemistry, University of Bath) ‘New Drugs to Combat Staphylococcus aureus Infections’