Inaugural meeting, 13-17 May 2019

QuanTII network members at the Inaugural Meeting in Maynooth

The inaugural meeting of the QuanTII network took place from 13-17 May 2019, at the Hamilton Institute at Maynooth University, Ireland.  This was the first network meeting and allowed ESRs and QuanTII scientists to meet and get to know each other.

There was scientific and complementary skills training for the ESRs, as well as a supervisory board meeting for the partners. The ESRs also gave short presentations to introduce themselves and their research topics.  External participants also attended the meeting.

A public lecture in memory of Robin Callard and Bruno Kyewski was given by José Borghans on Monday afternoon. The title was “The maths of immunological memory”.
Robin Callard obituary    Bruno Kyewski obituary

Schedule:

Monday 13 May

09:15-09:30  Welcome, Carmen Molina-París, Project Coordinator
09:30-10:30  Introduction to experimental methods in immunology (E1), Phil Hodgkin, WEHI
10:30-11:00  Break
11:00-12:30  Supervisory board meeting (for network members only)
12:30-13:30  Lunch
13:30-14:30  Public lecture, The maths of immunological memory, José Borghans, UMC Utrecht
14:30-15:00  Break
15:00-16:00  Introduction to bioinformatics (B1), Cathal Seoighe, NUI Galway
16:30-17:30  T cell development (I2), Thomas Höfer, DKFZ
18:30–  Meeting dinner

Tuesday 14 May

09:30-10:30  Introduction to mathematical modelling (M1), Rob de Boer, Universiteit Utrecht
10:30-11:00  Break
11:00-12:00  Tissue-resident immune cell function and human liver disease, Mark Robinson, Maynooth University
12:00-13:00  TCR repertoires: diversity and dynamics, Thierry Mora, CNRS
13:00-14:00  Lunch
14:00-16:30  Research presentations by ESRs
16:30-17:30  ESR forum meeting (for network ESRs only)

Wednesday 15 May

09:30-13:00  Simmune software – theory, Martin Meier-Schellersheim, NIH
13:00-14:00  Lunch
14:00-17:30  Simmune software – practical (bridge to stochastic simulations and challenges for stochastic simulations in general), Thorsten Prustel, NIH

Thursday 16 May

09:30-13:00  Unconscious bias and gender issues training (T1), Jennifer Rivas Perez, ODPL, University of Leeds
13:00-14:00  Lunch
14:00-17:30  How to work with your supervisor, what makes an “effective” PhD student and time management (T2), Jennifer Rivas Perez, ODPL, University of Leeds

Friday 17 May

09:30-13:00  How to work with your supervisor, what makes an “effective” PhD student and time management, Jennifer Rivas Perez, ODPL, University of Leeds
13:00-14:00  Lunch
14:00-17:30  Intellectual property, commercialisation and industry partnerships (T3), Peter Conlon, Commercialisation Office, Maynooth University