AMI has appointed 26 Global Ambassadors who share our passion and belief that applied microbiology can solve the world’s greatest challenges. The Global Ambassadors will help champion and engender collaboration around seven of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as chosen by AMI. Solutions to the selected seven SDGs are underscored by applied, frontiers and translational microbiology. This multidisciplinarity is the driver for this inaugural AMI Global Challenges Conference, which will be hosted by Dr Theresia Komang Ralebitso-Senior of Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) and one of five Global Ambassadors for UK and Europe.

Universities and other higher education institutes (HEIs) have increasingly recognised their role, and assumed responsibility, to contribute to solving 21st century global challenges with an attendant cognizance of diversity and inclusion. These responsibilities are reflected in purposeful development of institutional policies that are realised through strategic creation of critical mass to underpin sustainable and impactful applied research. A member of Universities Climate Network, Liverpool John Moores University is exemplifying this approach with a launch of the LJMU Climate Action, founding of LJMU Forensic Research Institute and appointments of Faculty/Professional Services Associate Deans for Diversity and Inclusion.

We look forward to welcoming you to the First AMI Global Ambassadors Conference 2023. Our aim is to engender networking among academics, researchers and practitioners with a passion for SDG-based work on climate change, forensic science and inclusivity. The event will align with the University’s Bicentenary celebrations, reflecting the shared rich histories of AMI and LJMU for meaningful and transformational change.

The topics were chosen as a reflection of emerging, multi-disciplinary and topical issues in higher education. The conference will be hosted at Liverpool John Moores University on Wednesday 14 June 2023 and the venue will be accessible for as many differently-abled delegates as practicable. 


Time Speaker Topic
10:15 – 10:20 Dr Komang Ralebitso-Senior Opening
10:20-10:30 Professor Laura Bishop Welcome address
10:35-11:05 Dr Alice McCloskey Diversity and inclusion in science
11:10-11:40 Dr Caroline Orr Biogeochemical profiling - Assesing the preservation implications of climate change on artefacts of archaological importance
13:00-13:30 Professor Jason Kirby HEI climate change policies - the LJMU case study
13:35-14:05 Professor Caroline Wilkinson Forensic science - a global perspective
14:10-14:40 Professor Kathryn Whitehead Translational Microbiology – Interlinkages between academics and practitioners to underpin seminal 21st century science
14:45-15:00 Dr Lucy Harper Closing remarks
Accessibility and Inclusion Statement

AMI is an inclusive organisation that seeks to place diversity and inclusion at the heart of all events. AMI is keen to encourage and enable as many people as possible to attend our events. If you would like to discuss accessibility, please contact us and we will do our very best to meet your requirements. The Climate Change, Forensic Science and Diversity & Inclusion event aims to provide informative and inspirational talks on emerging topics within the field of applied microbiology and intersectional conversations that promote the inclusion and progression of marginalised groups in STEM. AMI has organised the practical arrangements for the event in a way that AMI hopes fosters inclusion and respect. AMI welcomes any feedback from attendees on how we might achieve any further improvements for future events.