Superbug Zone, Imperial Festival 2016The MRC CMBI Postdoc Association (CPA) is a group of postdocs and Junior Fellows within the CMBI. We are run by postdocs, for the benefit of postdocs, so get involved!

Our mission is to:

  • encourage interaction between postdocs within the CMBI
  • foster a sense of community and encourage debate and open communication
  • aid in the career development of postdocs
  • help new postdocs integrate into the CMBI
  • provide a voice for postdocs to Imperial College and the CMBI management group.

You can find information on postdoc events through our share-point site or by checking our noticeboard in the lobby of the Flowers Building. The purpose of our meetings is to encourage interaction, debate and collaboration, whilst also sharing some laughs and good times. 

CPA meetings

We meet about once per month to discuss science, give presentations, organise events, network or just hang out together. From time to time we also have social events. If you are a CMBI postdoc please join us! Meetings will be announced on the CPA noticeboard (located in the lobby of the Flowers building), but the easiest way to stay updated is to join our mailing list by contacting Cedric Berger (

The committee (as of January 2017)

President Dr Luke Allsopp
Vice President Dr Laura Nolan
Treasurer Dr Camilla Godlee
SharepointManager and general enquiries Dr Cedric Berger
Outreach Activites Officer Position vacant n/a
Web Development Officer Dr Christoph Schuster

We currently have a vacant position for Outreach Activities Officer, so feel free to join the committee. Just drop by at the next CPA meeting and speak up!

Outreach activities

In order to bring microbiology closer the general public, we also engage in public outreach activities. For a third year running, we participated in the hugely successful SuperBugZone at the Imperial Festival. Children and interested grown-ups were able to find out what makes the difference between good and bad bacteria, create their own super bug, microscope microbes and do some work in a mock-lab. 

In 2014 we organised an independent event called Hidden Wonders where school children and local families were invited as part of the National Science and Engineering week to learn more about the hidden world of microbes.

In addition, we are active as CMBI_CPA on Twitter, so please follow us if you are interested. We use this platform to make science accessible to the wide public, such as the recently launched #TweetAPaper campaign.