After a competitive process, seven of HDR UK’s early career researchers, technologists and innovators were selected to present 3-minute Lightning Talks at the One Institute event on 16 June. Congratulations to the following speakers:

  • Gillian Harper, Queen Mary’s University London, HDR UK London
  • Claire Hastie, University of Glasgow, HDR UK Scotland
  • Alvina Lai, UCL, HDR UK London
  • Samuel Lambert, University of Cambridge, HDR UK Cambridge
  • Claire Niedzwiedz, University of Glasgow, HDR UK Scotland
  • Joram Posma, Imperial College London, HDR UK London
  • Shaoxiong Sun, King’s College London, HDR UK London

We look forward to their presentations.

The Selection Committee also highly commended the following applicants:

  • Jonathan Kennedy, University of Swansea, HDR UK Wales/NI
  • Zeljko Kraljevic, King’s College London, HDR UK London
  • Xiaoxuan Liu, University of Birmingham, HDR UK Midlands
  • Michael Poon, University of Edinburgh, HDR UK Scotland
  • Fatemeh Torabi, University of Swansea, HDR UK Wales/NI
  • Huayu Zhang, University of Edinburgh, HDR UK Scotland


Seven applications were selected by a panel of experts, whose decisions were based on the criteria below.

Selection Criteria

We selected lightning talks which capture high impact, innovative exemplars of recent HDR UK work and are providing new insights, that contribute to delivery of HDR UK’s mission. We particularly welcomed talks on COVID-19. Selection criteria:

  • Scientific and/or technical quality
  • Alignment and relevance to HDR UK’s mission
  • Evidence of recent impact e.g. contributing to the COVID-19 crisis

Selection committee

  • Rona Strawbridge, University of Glasgow, HDR UK Scotland (chair)
  • Sinead Langan, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, HDR UK London (deputy chair)
  • Lucy McCloughan, University of Edinburgh, HDR UK Scotland
  • Helen Parkinson, European Molecular Biology Laboratory – European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), HDR UK Cambridge
  • Phil Quinlan, University of Nottingham, HDR UK Midlands
  • Margaret Rogers, HDR UK Public Advisory Board
  • Bob Ruane, HDR UK Patient Representative

Lightning talk – on the day

The talks will be 3 minutes long and will be illustrated with a single static slide. As the One Institute event will be entirely online, lightning talks will be delivered by Zoom. The audience will vote on the winning talk on the day, which will be announced at the end of the day.


The winner will receive a trophy and their choice of media training or presentation skills training delivered by a highly experienced trainer.

The top three (including the winner) will receive 6 sessions with a HDR UK leadership coach and a professionally-written, featured case study about their work, published on HDR UK website and promoted on our social media channels.


  • 07/05/2020         Open for applications
  • 29/05/2020         Deadline for applications (10:00)
  • 02/06/2020         Selected applicants announced
  • 16/06/2020        Live-voting takes place and winner announced at the One        Institute event

Further information

For any queries, please email