Katie Hesketh & Mark Viggars
Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK
17 – 18 December 2019, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK
In 2017, The Society’s Affiliate Working Group organised a successful conference in Leeds, Future Physiology, bringing together over 200 early career physiologists and senior academics. As part of our commitment to early career researchers (ECRs), Council agreed to support an annual meeting organised by ECRs for ECRs as a place to share their research and meet with their peers and also senior academics. Liverpool John Moores University, led by Katie Hesketh and Mark Viggars, was selected as this year’s hosts.
Future Physiology offers Undergraduates and Affiliate Members of The Society the chance to organise an exciting two-day scientific meeting. We were excited by the opportunity because it allowed us to bring together other like-minded, early career researchers from different backgrounds to present on and discuss health and ageing, something that we are both extremely passionate about. Organising a large conference alongside PhD studies will also be a welcome challenge and a great learning opportunity for us both as we develop our research careers.
Future Physiology gives undergraduates, masters students, PhD students and postdocs a unique platform to share their research and collaborate with other leading researchers to raise their profile and build their scientific networks. We wanted the conference to be a place where the up-and-coming researchers, the future of physiology, could share their experiences and data with other like-minded students and academics.
The broad topic of our conference is Translating Cellular Mechanisms into Lifelong Health Strategies and the scientific programme promises a selection of exciting and current research on a wide variety of physiological topics. The keynote lectures will be delivered by both world-leading academics and early career researchers, giving insight into their current work and share information on their career path to inspire the next generation. The invited talks will be complemented by 16 oral communications selected from abstract submissions and a vibrant poster session. There is also time in the two-day programme for career development workshops that will be valuable for up-and-coming researchers such as “Translating Research into Public Knowledge” and “Publishing for the first time”.
We felt that this is an important topic area for a conference as it covers all of The Society’s Themes. Whilst modern science has gifted us with an increase in lifespan, we must now work harder than ever to extend health span. This will both increase quality of life in older age and reduce the increasing economic impact an ageing population has on our healthcare systems.
Our main scientific aim for this conference is to bring together researchers, early career and senior, to look at what ageing processes are across all systems and how they impact us on a cellular and whole-body level. It is also key to try and establish where the gaps in knowledge are and how we are best placed to investigate them. Lastly we hope to try and understand how future physiologists can collaborate with clinicians and policymakers to help prevent, intervene and treat these processes on an individual and population level.
Our speaker line-up includes:
Claire Stewart Liverpool John Moores University, UK
Mats Nilsson McMaster University, Canada
Karyn Esser University of Florida, USA
Robert Seabourne Queen Mary University of London, UK
Anton Roks University of Rotterdam, Netherlands
Lasse Gliemann University of Copenhagen, Denmark