Cohort building meetings and activities

Cohort building meetings to enhance training, team building and cross-fertilisation of ideas

Winter cohort building meeting, 27-29 November 2018

The first formal cohort-building event for the 2018-19 PhD cohort took place in Birmingham. The meeting was led by Prof Matthew Avison (Academic Programme Lead), Dr Andrew Singer (CEH) and Dr Claire Spreadbury (Programme Manager).

The students also attended the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (BSAC) Antibiotic Resistance and Mechanisms Workshop for Researchers 

Spring cohort building meeting, 1-3 April 2019

The students attended their spring meeting in the Peak District (Buxton). The students undertook some citizen science by taking samples for Swab and Send whilst hiking round the peaks and an AMR case study/quiz led by Prof Matthew Avison.

Over the three days the students were joined by Dr Adam Roberts (LSTM), Prof Chris Dowson (Warwick), Prof Alison Condliffe (Sheffield) and Dr Emily Rousham (Loughborough) who shared their career journeys, particularly focusing on their respective interdisciplinary working to help tackle AMR.

Winter cohort building meeting, 13-15 November 2019

Both the 1st and 2nd PhD cohorts attended the Bristol AMR-Colston Research Society International Symposium on ‘The Antibiotic Age: The End or a New Beginning?‘ which was held in Bristol on the 13th and 14th November. The students also attended a public lecture by Lord Jim O’Neill on ‘Is there any progress in the fight against antimicrobial resistance’.

On the final day, the cohorts undertook a tour of the University of Bristol’s dairy farm led by Prof David Barrett (Bristol) to understand how antimicrobials are used in dairy farming and any implications for the emergence of antimicrobial resistance.

Dr Kristen Reyher (Bristol) and Prof Henry Buller (Exeter) talked about their projects on the epidemiology of risk and their work to help change the behaviour of farmers to reduce antimicrobial use in livestock production and the decision making tools they use.

Spring cohort building meeting, 30 March – 3 April 2020

Our spring cohort building meetings for Cohort 1 and 2 were due to take place in Sidmouth, Devon. These (and the fundraising skydive) have been postponed until the autumn. We will hold the planned academic sessions virtually using Zoom instead.