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The Royal Society of Chemistry, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BA

A Learned Societies Partnership Antimicrobial Resistance (LeSPAR) workshop

The 2016 O'Neill review on Antimicrobial Resistance identified the development of new, rapid diagnostics as one of the vital interventions needed to reduce the unnecessary use of antimicrobial drugs. Realising a healthy pipeline of new diagnostic tests and technologies will require a multidisciplinary effort, bringing together researchers across scientific fields, alongside clinicians, regulators, and social scientists.

Event background

The Learned Society Partnership on Antimicrobial Resistance (LeSPAR) is delighted to announce our latest initiative in support of the research community, one with a specific focus on diagnostics development. We are convening a one-day workshop for early career researchers, which will include a number of invited experts, to provide inspiration, encourage interdisciplinary networking and explore the barriers and opportunities facing the development of rapid diagnostics for infectious disease.

The main themes identified at this workshop will be shared with various research funders and stakeholders to highlight the critical areas where early career researchers require further support.

Who should attend

This workshop is aimed at supporting early career researchers, who have at least two years postgraduate research experience (e.g. PhD or postdoctoral) or equivalent, working in academia, industry or a clinical setting. LeSPAR is inviting applications from all fields of research, including those outside of the life sciences (e.g. social sciences, engineering, physics). Prior experience of diagnostics research is not necessary, but an interest in diagnostics and their application to infectious disease will be required.


Dr Jim Huggett, LGC & University of Surrey, United Kingdom
Dr Teri Roberts, Médecins Sans Frontières, Switzerland
Dr Chris Walton, Cranfield University, United Kingdom
Dr Tim Rawson, Imperial College London, United Kingdom


Members and non-members of LeSPAR organisations are encouraged to apply to attend this workshop. If you would like to attend, please register your interest by completing the registration form.

Please note, the capacity for this workshop is limited and participants will be selected to ensure there is a broad and balanced spread of expertise and experience, and to ensure that some members of LeSPAR organisations are able to attend. Further information about the event will be circulated nearer the time to those who have been selected.


Abstract submission is optional and not a requirement for attendance. Poster spaces are limited and posters will be selected to reflect the diversity of research interests at the workshop.  ​
Deadline: 25 September


Early bird (by 2nd October) - £40
Standard (by 6th November) - £50


Register your place on the Royal Society of Chemistry website.


The Learned Society Partnership on Antimicrobial Resistance (LeSPAR) is a partnership of seven learned societies who have come together to provide a unified voice in support of the research community in the fight against AMR. Collectively, LeSPAR represents approximately 75,000 scientists. LeSPAR includes:

  • Biochemical Society
  • British Pharmacological Society
  • British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
  • Microbiology Society
  • Royal Society of Biology
  • Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Society for Applied Microbiology