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Call for Frontiers Innovators

22 Apr, 2015

Frontiers meetings stimulate innovation and provocative discussion about the future of health, helping to shape the Wellcome Trust’s strategy. The first in this year’s Frontiers series – ‘One Science: Life at the Interface’ – will explore new opportunities for convergence between the health, life, engineering and physical sciences that underpin biomedical research. We’re keen to hear fresh perspectives on the subject, so we are inviting applications from ambitious junior researchers to attend and become ‘Frontiers Innovators’ for the One Science event. Wellcome Trust Director of Strategy, Clare Matterson, explains…


Medicinal chemistry, genomics, proteomics and brain engineering are some of the areas where convergence of different sciences has proved successful. Despite these successes, there are many other areas where the benefits of interdisciplinary research need to be recognised and could lead to further improvements in health.

We hope that ‘One Science: Life at the Interface’ will be a provocative meeting to bring together a diverse range of people to spark new thinking and help us better understand how the Wellcome Trust and others can support collaboration across disciplines. In this meeting we hope to explore which structures and mechanisms enable and encourage interdisciplinary research, and help identify promising opportunities for collaboration – and we would like your input!

The meeting will take place on 22-23 September this year at the Wellcome Collection in London, and will bring together representatives from leading interdisciplinary institutes, international academics working at this interface or whose research could benefit from collaborations, anthropologists, the medical technology industry, commercial organisations, policy makers, and educators.

Key Themes

Some of the key themes for the meeting will be:

  • How might biologists, physicists, chemists, mathematicians and engineers be encouraged to address a wider range of biological and health problems?
  • What makes an environment conducive to interdisciplinary research?
  • What is the role of education and training for science at the interface?
  • What are the fundamental biological and health questions that need interdisciplinary research in order to progress?

Frontiers Innovators

We are offering expenses-paid places at this meeting for talented and ambitious junior researchers* looking to perform original interdisciplinary research spanning biology, chemistry, physics, maths, engineering, computational science and material science to improve health.

Whether you are already working at this interface or your research could benefit from collaboration, we want to hear your ideas for interdisciplinary research.

Up to ten people will be selected to act as Frontiers Innovators, and will be offered travel and accommodation to participate in this meeting. We would like you to attend and network with key leaders in the field, share and discuss your ideas for convergence in biomedical research, and give you the opportunity to be heard.

To apply please submit the following to by Friday 12th June 2015:

  1. Your CV
  2. A video summary no longer than 3 minutes, detailing how you think interdisciplinary research can be used to achieve improvements in health, outlining a fundamental biological/ health question that could be addressed, and the structures necessary to support this research. You can either upload your video to the web and send us the link, or submit directly using a large data transfer site such as WeTransfer.

Alternatively you can submit your idea as a word document or PDF, no longer than one side of A4 to the email address above.

We look forward to receiving your applications to attend the meeting and explore your ideas on convergence. We will be in touch by the end of July to let you know if your application has been successful.

‘One Science: Life at the Interface’ takes place on 22 -23 September 2015 at the Wellcome Collection. If you have any questions about the application or the meeting, please email

*For this call we are keen to hear from early career researchers including those that have just completed their PhD, to post-docs, newly appointed fellows/ lecturers and junior group leaders.

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