LeSPAR ECR workshop on diagnostics for antimicrobial resistance

On 20 Nov 2017, the Learned Society Partnership on Antimicrobial Resistance (LeSPAR) convened a multi-disciplinary workshop for early career researchers (ECRs) on diagnostics for infectious disease. 72 delegates attended on the day, representing a broad range of disciplines including chemistry, microbiology, biochemistry, clinical science and social science.

Throughout the day, invited speakers explored the themes of framing the issue and pathways to success, bringing together perspectives from global health, industry, academia, metrology, behavioural science and clinical practice. Delegates participated in panel discussions and took part in a multi-disciplinary group activity, working together to design a hypothetical funding call. Each group focused on research challenges in the field of AMR and diagnostics, and discussed ways to support the interdisciplinary work of PhD students, postdoctoral researchers and early career scientists.

This summary reflects the discussions held throughout the workshop, highlighting the views and specific needs of the ECR participants. The points expressed in this summary represent the opinions of workshop attendees and not the positions of the individual learned societies which comprise LeSPAR.

For further information or comment from LeSPAR, please contact [email protected].