Launch of “Changing the Story for Black Biomedical Scientists” Conference

Wednesday 26th April

This conference is for undergraduate Biosciences students but is open to aspiring Black Bioscience secondary school children.


There are currently around 23,000 University professors in the UK. Of this total, 105 are Black men and only 41 are Black women. Of these individuals, Black Biomedical scientists form a tiny percentage. This conference is designed to support aspiring Black Biomedical undergraduate scientists to progress in academia and help increase the pool of Black scientists at every level.

With the support of the MRC, Wellcome, and the Academy of Medical Sciences, the conference aims to:

  • Inspire young Black students to pursue academic careers in Biomedical Science
  • Build a network of Black students and academics across the Biomedical space
  • Foster collaborations, interdisciplinary research, work experience, and other opportunities

Agenda for the day

11:45 am – Registration opens

12 pm Lunch & networking

1.00 pm Introduce session/conference by Dr. Bernadine Idowu (Founder of Changing the Story for Black Biomedical Scientists)

1.10 pm Welcome Professor Anthony Woodman (Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost for Health, UWL)

1.25 pm Keynote speech (Dr Bernadine Idowu – Associate Professor of Biomedical Science) Theme – Representation in Biomedical science matters – my journey

1.55 pm Q&A session

2.10 pm Tea break (Weston Hall)

2.25 pm Panellist facilitator discussing The Postgraduate journey – Black scientist’s perspective’ Tolúwalàse Fayese (KCL Research Project Manager) – Panel Tomi Akingbade (Founder of Black Women in Science Network), Sigourney Bonner (Co-Founder of Black in Cancer), Abigail Otchere (Co-Founder of Sistem) ,and Jordan Osarenren Joel PhD Student KCL.

3.10 pm – Talks from Research council/Science charities- MRC, Wellcome, and Academy of Medical Sciences and 10,000 Black Interns.

3.40 pm – Expectations of undergraduate students for future conferences (Facilitators: Tolúwalàse Fayese and Tomi Akingbade)

4.40 pm – Refreshments and networking (Weston Hall)

For further information please contact – Dr. Bernadine Idowu at

Please note if you are traveling within London travel expenses will be refunded. Lunch and refreshments will be provided free of charge and you will also be given a goody bag.

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