Science Delivering Global Wellbeing
Science Delivering Global Wellbeing

Science Delivering Global Wellbeing

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University of Surrey School of Veterinary Medicine

Guildford, United Kingdom

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From healthcare to social policy or ensuring access to basic resources, scientific research at the University of Surrey is changing how we support wellbeing on a global scale. 

Join us on Thursday, 10th November for the launch of Discoveries on your Doorstep, a series of events to connect local professionals with researchers at the University of Surrey. On the day, researchers from all levels will be on-hand to showcase and discuss their work on the theme of Science Delivering Global Wellbeing. We'll also be joined by a panel of invited speakers to tell us more about work across the University and take any questions. 


5:30pm:  Registration and research exhibitions

6:15pm:  Invited talks

7:15pm:  Q&A with invited speakers

7:30pm:  Networking and research exhibitions


Dr Milton Mermikides

Milton Mermikides

Milton Mermikides PhD, BSc is a composer, performer and producer in a wide range of styles and has collaborated with artists as diverse as Pat Martino, John Williams, Tod Machover, Steve Winwood, Tim Minchin and Brian Eno. In addition to Lecturer in Music at the University of Surrey, Milton is Professor of Jazz Guitar at the Royal College of Music and a graduate of the Berklee College of Music and London School of Economics. Milton has given seminars and lectures at the Royal Academy of Music (London), Royal Musical Association (Guildford), Smithsonian Institute (New York), Art Researches Science Conference (Belgium), Oulu Music Festival (Finland) and The British Library and Science Museum (London). He has performed guitar for HM the Queen and has received awards for his writing, education and charity work.

Milton's research collaborations include:

  • Wellcome Trust
  • UCL Neuroscience
  • British Library
  • Science Museum
  • Aldeburgh Music
  • Smithsonian Institute

Dr Michèle D Birtel

Michele Birtel

Michéle D Birtel is a social psychologist specialising in relations between majority and minority groups (for example regarding ethnicity, mental health, sexual orientation), and the impact of social conflict on health. Her research has a cross-disciplinary focus, integrating theories and methods from the sub-disciplines of social, cognitive, and clinical psychology. Her work is characterised by two main themes:

1) Diversity and equality (schools, workplace)

Developing evidence-based interventions to promote social cohesion and trust in conflict settings (intergroup contact, mental imagery, mindfulness meditation), social diversity and innovation.

2) Stigma and health (charities)

Public and internalised stigma (e.g. psychosis, substance abuse), impact of stigma on health and well-being, cross-cultural differences in mental health stigma, health inequalities in intergroup relations.

Dr  Prashant Kumar

Prashant Kumar

Prashant Kumar is a Reader at the University of Surrey (UK). He obtained a PhD (Engineering) from the University of Cambridge (UK) and a masters degree (MTech) in Environmental Engineering and Management from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (India). Prashant's research is focused on three key areas:

  1. airborne nano/ultrafineparticles and aerosols,
  2. urban air quality, and
  3. wind engineering.

His research has acclaimed international recognition resulting in over 100 articles in top-ranked journals (and about the same number of conference articles), winning awards at various international conferences for his outstanding academic performance and research contributions, and obtaining highly competitive research grants as a young researcher.

Dr Constanza Gomez Alvarez

Constanza Gomez

Constanza graduated as Doctor in Veterinary Medicine in 1998 at the Católica de Temuco University in Chile. She was awarded with a PhD in Equine Biomechanics at Utrecht University in The Netherlands in 2007. She is a Certified Animal Acupuncturist (IVAS) and Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist (CCRT). She has worked in academia and veterinary practice with alpacas, cattle, horses (including rodeo horses in Chile), dogs and cats since the year 2000 and joined the University of Surrey in 2013 after becoming MRCVS in the United Kingdom. Her current research area is animal biomechanics and her teaching areas are musculoskeletal biology, biomechanics and gait analysis.


What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

Parking is availible outside the Surrey Sports Park, a short walk from the Vet School.

Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?

If you would like to get in touch, just email Alex at

Who will be the invited speakers at the event?

On the day, a group of PhD students and early career researchers will be presenting aspects of their research as posters and other small demonstrations or exhibits. They will be joined by a group of invited academic researchers who will talk about their work and participate in a Q&A.

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