Category: Conferences & Courses

50th St. Gallen Symposium – Global Essay Competition – May 2020

Would you like to share your vision of the future with international leaders such as Dominic Barton, Professor Niall Ferguson, Sigmar Gabriel, Christine Lagarde, or Jack Ma?

Discuss your ideas with the global elite, create an impact and enjoy an all-expenses-paid trip to Switzerland. Apply until 1 February 2020 and seize the opportunity to qualify as one of 300 “Leaders of Tomorrow” for the 50th St. Gallen Symposium by competing in our global essay competition with a prize money of CHF 20,000. Here some more highlights if you make it to St. Gallen:

  • Meet 600 top managers, entrepreneurs, politicians and scientists from around the world
  • Share your ideas with the symposium’s global audience
  • Small and intimate gatherings with world leaders, exclusively for the Leaders of Tomorrow
  • Meet 300 of the world’s brightest young minds and become member of a global community

The 50th St. Gallen Symposium will be held from 6–8 May 2020 at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, and is devoted to the theme “Freedom Revisited”.

Have a look at competition question and requirements at, register now to receive the latest news and tips, and hand in your essay no later than 1 February 2020. Check out and follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter to get more insights on what awaits you in St. Gallen.

We look forward to welcoming you to our forum in Switzerland in May 2020!

Opportunities for International Students at Cumberland Lodge

Cumberland Lodge, based in Windsor Great Park, is an educational charity that seeks to tackle social divisions by promoting creative thinking and inclusive dialogue.  I work with Dr Jan-Jonathan Bock in the Programme Team, and together we organise and manage the Lodge’s events and scholarships aimed at both students and early career researchers.

Commonwealth & International Student Christmas Conference

For over 70 years we have extended a warm welcome to university students from all over the world who are currently studying in the UK, to join us in December and experience a traditional British Christmas.

In December 2018, we were joined by 43 students from 21 countries, representing 19 UK universities.

This year’s programme features workshops led by guest speakers and facilitators on the theme of ‘Digital Society’, exploring our relationship with emerging technologies at both a societal and individual level.  This year, we are pleased to announce that we will be joined by:

  • Professor Lionel Tarassenko CBE, Professorial Fellow, St Johns College, Oxford
  • Inna Thalmann, DPhil student, University of Oxford, Cumberland Lodge Scholar
  • Kal Turnbull, CEO and Co-Founder,
  • Dr Neil Sadler, Lecturer, School of Arts, English & Languages, Queen’s University of Belfast
  • Marceline Bresson, Undergraduate student, University of Oxford

As part of the programme students will also have the chance to experience a traditional British Christmas, including:

  • A Christmas carol service in the Royal Chapel of All Saints
  • A winter trail through Windsor Great Park
  • A traditional Christmas dinner, with a visit from Father Christmas
  • Festive evening games and entertainment

The poster for the event can be found here, and the Facebook event can be found here.

Emerging International Leaders Programme on Freedom of Religion or Belief

The Emerging International Leaders programme equips future leaders and opinion-formers with the skills and insight necessary to drive debate, influence policy and build a powerful global network.

This programme focuses on Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB) and responds to the fact that around three-quarters of the world’s population live in countries which restrict such freedoms or fail to protect them. Over three residential retreats at Cumberland Lodge, stent will form an in-depth understanding of the importance of FoRB, and will be empowered to become an advocate of human rights in your university and home country. This renowned programme addresses questions such as…

  • Why is FoRB important?
  • How does FoRB intersect with other freedoms?
  • What are the strengths and weaknesses of existing national and international policies on FoRB?

The programme flyer can be found here, and the application form can be found here.

Bursary places available for PhD students – Digital Inclusion: Bridging Divides Conference at Cumberland Lodge – 14 October deadline

Our Digital Inclusion: Bridging Divides Conference brings together academics, policymakers, future leaders, the private sector, civil society and community practitioners in order to explore innovative and effective ways of promoting equal access to high-quality digital education and political participation across society. Conference participants will investigate how intelligent technology can foster a greater sense of community and inclusion in a digital world, and increase social and political opportunities.

The Conference will start at 10 am on Thursday, 14 November, and finish at 4 pm on Friday, 15 November 2019. Participants are expected to attend the whole event.

This Conference will be held under the Chatham House Rule in order to enable frank and productive conversations. We will eventually publish a Cumberland Lodge Report that captures key themes and recommendations from the expert discussions, with the aim to inspire policymakers, academics, practitioners, corporations and other influencers.

In case you are unfamiliar with Cumberland Lodge, the charity was founded in 1947 and seeks to empower people, through dialogue and debate, to tackle the causes and effects of social division. We convene multi-sector, interdisciplinary conferences, seminars and panel debates to engage people of all ages, backgrounds and perspectives in candid conversations on societal and ethical issues that affect us all. We commission rigorous, interdisciplinary research to guide these conversations, and we refine key themes of discussion into practical, policy-focused recommendations.

We are pleased to be able to offer five bursaries for this conference, to support PhD students working in relevant fields with the costs of travelling to and from Cumberland Lodge. All conference costs, accommodation and meals will be provided free of charge.

To find out more about the conference and to download the bursary application form, please visit our website. The deadline for applications is Monday 14 October. 

Introductory Medical Statistics Course – Thursday 14 to Friday 15 November 2019 – National Heart and Lung Institute, Dovehouse Street, London SW3 6LY

Course name: Introductory Medical Statistics

Dates: Thursday 14 to Friday 15 November 2019

Venue: National Heart and Lung Institute, Dovehouse Street, London SW3 6LY


A preliminary programme is accessible via the webpage.

Description: a two-day course designed to introduce anyone who uses statistics in their work or research to:

– statistical concepts including overview of different study designs

– identifying and describing different data types

– selection of appropriate statistical tests

– calculation of sample size for basic study designs

– principles and application of various forms of regression analysis, including survival analysis

The course alternates classical lectures with practical sessions on the application of these methods to real data and their critical review through paper critique.

Target audience: Doctors, nurses, clinical research fellows and postgraduate students – please note discount for students and trainees, mentioned below.

Accreditation: 12 CPD points to be sought from the Royal College of Physicians.

Please note that the course is limited to 60 places, and is expected to fill quickly.  Registration will close at end of day on 21 October; or sooner if full before then (which is likely).


Please note the discount for students and trainees:

– Student/trainee concessionary: £175

– First ten NHLI/RBHT delegates (non-student/trainee) concessionary: £280

– Academic/NHS/corporate: £350


Booking link (takes card payments only):

Introductory Medical Statistics – 14-15 November 2019 – NHLI, London SW3

Further information: , tel 020 7594 7990.

I hope the above will be of interest.

Best wishes



Magda Wheatley

Departmental Administrator /

Secretary to Professor Paul Cullinan

National Heart & Lung Institute (Imperial College)

Respiratory Epidemiology, Occupational Medicine and Public Health

1b Manresa Road

London  SW3 6LR

Tel:  020 7594 7990

Course details:

Opt-in here to join our events mailing list

Grant Application course – Amsterdam, 16/17 January 2020

Improve your grant writing skills and take your academic career to the next level
The grant application landscape is getting increasingly competitive, therefore its all the more important to start working early on your grant writing skills. A good place to do so would be the BCF Grant Application Course on 16-17 January 2020 in Amsterdam.

During this course you will learn how to:
– Find the most fitting funding opportunity
– Pick a suitable grant topic
– Write an appealing grant summary and receive feedback on your summary
– Structure your grant and write an appealing personal statement
– Prepare for your grant interview

During this course you will have the opportunity to learn from seasoned academic scientists with impressive grant track records, grant application experts who have reviewed and submitted hundreds of grants, assessors from funding bodies and many more.

Do you want to learn how to write a successful grant? Then register for the BCF Grant Application Course! Registration deadline is 15 October (early-bird) and 19 December (final deadline) but register quickly since the spots are limited because we aim to keep the class sizes small to allow for optimal personal feedback and interaction.

For more information: