London Genetics Network Meeting - Science and New Beginnings

Dear all,

We are delighted to announce that registration is now open for the special themed London Genetics Network meeting on Monday, April 29th, from 12.30 pm!

About this event

For 2024 we are celebrating new beginnings – all our speakers have recently moved institution or moved between academia and industry.

We are thrilled to announce a fantastic schedule of outstanding speakers from institutions in London and the surrounding areas (see below).

Following the science talks, there will be an opportunity to ask questions about careers at a Q&A panel discussion with a panel of researchers working in human genetics who have recently made a career change (institution, country, industry, etc).

There will be networking opportunities during the lunch and coffee break, and the event will be followed by a drinks reception!

London Genetics Network Meeting 2024
Theme: Science and New Beginnings

Time Speakers Agenda
12.30-13.30 N/A Lunch (vegan, vegetarian and non-vegetarian options available) & networking
13.30-13.40 Professor Angelica Ronald
University of Surrey; LGN Co-founder
Introduction to LGN and afternoon’s events
13.40-14.15 Professor Naomi Wray
University of Oxford
Science talk: Genetic architectures of gut vs brain disorders
14.15-14.40 Professor Michael Simpson
King’s College London
Science talk: The genetic basis of inflammatory skin disease
14.40-15.00 Dr Oliver Pain
King’s College London
Science talk: GenoPred and GenoDisc: Reproducible workflows leveraging GWAS summary statistics for polygenic prediction and novel functional insights
15.00-15.30 N/A COFFEE BREAK
15:30-16:05 Professor Peter Visscher
University of Oxford
Science talk: Reconciling linkage and association studies of complex traits
16.05-16.30 Professor Raghib Ali OBE
University of Cambridge
Our Future Health
Science talk: Our Future Health: building the world’s largest genomics and health research study
16.30-17:00 Q&A and Panel Discussion
Prof Naomi Wray, Prof Michael Simpson,
Dr Oliver Pain, Prof Peter Visscher
and Prof Angelica Ronald
Topics will include moving between academia and industry, the art of changing institutions, relocating across the world, and more!
17.00-19.00 N/A Drinks, nibbles and networking

Our events do tend to sell out, so do book soon to avoid disappointment!

Please forward this to your groups and colleagues.

We hope to see you there!

Finding us

The event will be held at the Lecture theatre AP1, Austin Pearce (AP) Building, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 7XH.

The Austin Pearce (AP) Building in University of Surrey is shown on this map as Building 5 in navy, on square D5. Please refer to the detailed instruction and accessibility routes at

The location of the building should be shown upon searching for ‘Austin Pearce Building’ on Google Maps, or using the link provided here.

Getting to the venue

After getting off from Guildford station, exit by footbridge and the rear (western) exit.

Turn right from the station along Guildford Park Road and take the second turning on the right (just past the Evangelical Church).

Follow the path through the council car park to the campus.

The lecture theatre is about a 12-15 minute walk away from Guildford train station.


The University of Surrey is easily accessible; there are direct trains from London Waterloo and Clapham Junction.

Half-hourly train services run from Guildford to Waterloo, with a journey time of around half-an-hours.


There will be parking spaces within approximately 200m from the venue.

The name of the car park is Pay and Display Car Park, located opposite the building.


Click here for the what3words Location for Lecture theatre AP1, Austin Pearce (AP) Building.

Post-meeting social

There will be a post-meeting drinks reception from 5 to 7 pm on the foyer by the venue.

Organising committee

Professor Angelica Ronald - Founder of London Genetics Network

Angelica Ronald is Professor of Psychology and Genetics at University of Surrey, and director of the Genes Environment Lifespan laboratory. She co-founded the London Genetics Network in 2020 with Professor Karoline Kuchenbaecker.

Professor Karoline Kuchenbaecker - Founder of London Genetics Network

Karoline Kuchenbaecker is Professor of Genetic Epidemiology at University College London. Her group studies the genetics of complex traits in ancestrally diverse populations.

Chris Lo - Communications Manager

Chris is a PhD student and a research assistant in the Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre at King’s College London, supervised by Professor Cathryn Lewis. He is currently looking into the genetics of antidepressant response using clinical studies and electronic health records.

Dr Aislinn Bowler - Organising Committee Member

Aislinn has recently finished her PhD at Birkbeck and is now working as a postdoctoral research assistant at the University of Surrey. Her research interests include infant traits, neurodevelopmental conditions, motor skills, and polygenic risk scores.


London Genetics Network is a Special Interest group funded by The Genetics Society and also received support from the Genomics England Diverse Data Initiative.