VALIDATE 5th Annual Meeting


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The 5th VALIDATE Annual Meeting will be held on 7-8 March 2023 at the historic BMA House in London, UK. As always, our Annual Meeting will give our members talks from world-leading scientists in our research field, updates from our funded projects on their cutting-edge research, and the chance to meet members from across the globe - and perhaps even find a new collaborator.

2023 will be the first in-person VALIDATE event since 2019, and we are really looking forward to seeing all our members in person! The Annual Meeting is open to all VALIDATE members, with members from academia, industry, government bodies, and non-governmental agencies all welcome.

The Annual Meeting is now full! - Fill out the waiting list below and we will let you know if a space opens up.

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BMA House Courtyard

The BMA's Memorial fountain built in honour of the medical men and women of the Commonwealth who gave their lives in the Second World War. The fountain is guarded by Greek style statues representing Sacrifice, Cure, Prevention and Aspiration. 


bma hosue great hall cabaret

The 5th VALIDATE Annual Meeting will take place at BMA House, a stunning, Grade II listed building that is home to the British Medical Association and is an inspiring and interesting venue for our event. You can find out more about BMA House and take a virtual tour on the BMA House Website.

Location & Tranport

BMA House's Central London location has excellent transport links. It is a 5-minute walk from Euston Station, 7 minutes from Russell Square (for Heathrow Airport via the Piccadilly Line), and less than 15 minutes from Kings Cross/St Pancras Station (for the Eurostar and Gatwick Airport via the Gatwick Express).


Travel Guide

London is global city with excellent transports links and a world-class public transport system.

To help members navigate the city, we have created this helpful Travel Guide



There are a number of hotels located around the Bloomsbury area, many of which are less than a mile from the venue. Please find below some suggestions for hotels within that area. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee their quality, but we have only suggested places with good online reviews.

Ambassadors Bloomsbury Hotel

Tavistock Hotel | near Oxford Street & King Cross

Hilton, Euston

Holiday Inn, Bloomsbury 

The Montague on the Gardens

  • 15 Montague St, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 5BJ
  • Tel: (+44) 020 7958 7731 F 020 7612 8430
  • Email:

**Please note, this call is now closed**

A number of travel grants are available from VALIDATE to enable low/middle-income country (LMIC) members to join the Annual Meeting in person. Up to £3000 per person is available, to cover travel and subsistence costs. Applications are reviewed and awarded by the VALIDATE Network Management Board (NMB).

We particularly welcome applications from Early Career Researcher Associate VALIDATE members who do not have their own funding available.

To apply, please complete the application form template below (please follow the guidance document to do so), and submit it to the VALIDATE Network Manager at by 4pm GMT on Monday 12th September 2022.

The NMB will review the applications in late September; applicants will be notified of the outcome within one week of the review.

Please send any queries about this award to the Network Manager.

Call Documents

AM 2023 post abstracts call

Along with keynote talks, research presentations by VALIDATE-funded projects, and time for networking, we aim to hold a Poster Session at the Annual Meeting, so that more VALIDATE members can publicise their research.

You can find a full list of presenters, and their titles and abstracts, on the Annual Meeting 2023 Poster Page

This is a very provisional agenda and will be subject to change. We will add and change as we near the date of the Annual Meeting.

VALIDATE ECR Workshop: Showcasing Your Science - 6 March 2023

1000 - 1700    Kat Arney & Sarah Hazell, First Create the Media                        

Following on from the very successful "Storytelling for Scientists" workshop, VALIDATE has once again asked First Create The Media to provide our members with an in-person, full-day interactive workshop that will help build skills and confidence to talk about your research to the audiences that matter.

Find out more about the workshop here.

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Day One - 7 March 2023 - In The Grand Hall - All delegates

0900 - 1000   Closed Network Management Board Meeting

0915 - 1000   Registration and tea/coffee

Helen McShane

1000 - 1010   Prof Helen McShane

VALIDATE Director, University of Oxford



Samantha Vermaak

1010 - 1035   Mrs Samantha Vermaak

VALIDATE Network Manager, University of Oxford

VALIDATE Update: an update on VALIDATE's activities to date and future plans


1035 - 1055   Dr Nastassja Kriel (VALIDATE Fellow)

Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Identifying persister Mycobacterium tuberculosis biosignatures


1055 - 1120   Break


1120 - 1140   Dr Ana Valencia Hernandez

James Cook University, Australia

Evaluation of BCGΔBCG1419c::ESAT6-PE25SS in immunocompetent and immunocompromised mouse models of TB


1140 - 1200   Dr Diane Lee

University of Surrey, UK

Alvacc: A human in vitro alveolus model to study aerogenic TB vaccine binding and translocation    


1200 - 1300      Lunch


1300 - 1400   Keynote Speaker


Speaker TBA


1400 - 1420   Prof Jayne Hope

The Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh, UK

Investigating the BCG-induced Natural Killer (NK) cell response in cattle and humans

1420 - 1440   Dr Simon Waddell

University of Sussex, UK

Innovative tools to measure mycobacterial antigen expression in tissue


1440 - 1500   Prof Chiranjay Mukhopadhyay

Manipal Academy of Higher Education, India

Characterising the cellular immunity and metabolic response to Mycobacterium tuberculosis and Burkholderia pseudomallei in Indian patients for vaccine design


1500 - 1530      Break                   

1530 - 1550   Dr Munyaradzi Musvosvi

University of Cape Town, South Africa

Towards a T cell subset that can control Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection


1550 - 1610   Assoc Prof Hao Li

China Agricultural University, China

Isolation of protective monoclonal antibodies recognising BCG and development of novel fusion protein vaccines against tuberculosis


Samantha Vermaak

1610 - 1700   Mrs Samantha Vermaak

VALIDATE Collaboration Clinic: As part of the Annual Meeting, VALIDATE will host a Collaboration Clinic, where delegates can be partnered with new potential collaborators – or use this time to hold in-person meetings with current collaborators also at the VALIDATE meeting.


1700 - 1830   Drinks Reception & Poster Presentations




1830 - 2100 The VALIDATE Team

Gala Dinner



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Day Two - 8 March 2023 - In The Grand Hall - All delegates

0900 - 0930 - Welcome & tea and coffee

0930 - 1030  Dr Caryn Fenner &  Prof Petro Terblanche

Afrigen Biologics and Vaccines, South Africa

Keynote Address: mRNA Vaccine Innovation Platform: An Open Science Model Enabling LMICs to Build Capabilities for Pandemic Preparedness and Regional Vaccine Production



1030 - 1050   Dr Cristian Segura Cerda (VALIDATE Fellow)

CIATEJ, Mexico

Evaluation of the efficacy of BCGΔBCG1419c vaccination plus a booster of EsxG/EsxH-derived peptides to prevent tuberculosis progression caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis strains prevalent in Latin America


1050 - 1110   Assoc Prof Rachel Tanner (VALIDATE Fellow)

University of Oxford, UK

Characterising the BCG-induced antibody response to inform the design of improved vaccines against M.tuberculosis, M.leprae and M.bovis


1110 - 1140   Break     


1140 - 1200   Dr Laura Sibley


Characterising the cytokines associated with trained innate immunity in BCG vaccinated non-human primates


1200 - 1220   Dr Margaret Nolan

Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Modulation of trained immunity via intravenous administration of Bacille Calmette-Guerin in a murine model


1220 - 1320   Lunch     


1320 - 1340   Dr Gabriele Pollara


T cell receptor sequencing to identify correlates of protection in human tuberculosis vaccine studies


1340 - 1400   Dr Andy Tran


Testing a novel, self-adjuvanting mucosal vaccine candidate for TB in the mouse model of infection


14:00 -  14:20   Dr Godwin Kwayke-Nuako

University of Cape Coast, Ghana

Modelling the impact of a transmission blocking vaccine against leishmaniasis on sand fly vectorial capacity

1420 - 1450   Break     


1450 - 1550 Dr Maria Elena Bottazzi PhD

National School of Tropical Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine

Keynote Address: Academic Creativity, Strategic Alliances and Diplomacy to Catalyze the Vaccine Sciences in Tropical Medicine


1550 - 1610   Dr Paula Niewold

LUMC, The Netherlands

Towards a better TB vaccine: understanding improved local immune control by mucosal BCG vaccination


1610 - 1630   Dr Zimvo Obasa

Stellenbosch University, South Africa

An ex vivo model for understanding theimpact of vaccination on Mycobacterial persister populations


1630 - 1640   Wrap up

1640  End of Meeting    

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Event Full! Sign up for the waiting list

The form below is to be added as a new person to the waiting list. If you have a place reserved and have been asked to provide registration information, please complete this form.