BHF Alumni Events

BHF Alumni events are open to all BHF-funded researchers, past and present, who have registered with the BHF Alumni Programme. If you have not yet registered, join free today to start taking advantage of the benefits. Our events programme aims to be truly international and will comprise talks, networking events and professional development opportunities throughout the UK and beyond.

Upcoming events

The BHF comes to Utrecht

6.30pm, 20 March 2019
Utrecht University Hall, Domplein 29, 3512 JE Utrecht, The Netherlands

A photo showing a landscape view of Utrecht in The Netherlands

Simon Gillespie, Chief Executive of the British Heart Foundation, invites all current and formerly-funded BHF researchers to attend the first BHF event to be held in the Netherlands. Simon will be joined by Professor Jeremy Pearson, Associate Medical Director of the BHF, to discuss our £30m research award, The Big Beat Challenge, as well as an exciting new research partnership between the British and the Dutch Heart Foundations. We hope you will join us at this event to hear from the BHF, meet potential collaborators and enjoy an evening of refreshments and canapés at Utrecht University Hall. Please contact the BHF Alumni team to confirm your attendance.

BHF Alumni in Boston, MA, USA

A BHF event will be held on Thursday 30 May 2019 in Boston, MA. Our east coast alumni are invited to make new connections at our first ever BHF event in the USA.  More details will follow shortly.

British Cardiovascular Society (BCS) Annual Conference in Manchester, UK

This year's BCS Annual Conference will take place at Manchester Central from Monday 3 to Wednesday 5 June, and will include an evening drinks reception hosted by The BHF.  Watch this space for more details.

Past events

The Big Beat Event


Scientists from both research and industry joined us at The Royal Institute, the home of the Christmas Lectures, in autumn 2018 to hear more about The Big Beat Challenge, the BHF’s newly launched £30m research award.  The BHF’s Medical Director, Professor Sir Nilesh Samani, welcomed guests from all disciplines, from cardiovascular science to artificial intelligence, who heard from Professor Josephine Bunch, Professor of Physics at the National Physical Laboratory, and principal investigator of one of CRUK's Grand Challenge awards.

A recording of The Big Big Event is available on YouTube. You can also can also download the slides from the event. 

If you experience problems accessing the stream please email [email protected].


BHF Alumni in Paris


We were excited to announce our first Alumni event outside of the UK in spring 2018, with a private dinner for BHF funded researchers, past and present, in the heart of Paris. Strengthening the ties between French and British research and pledging our support for scientists tackling cardiovascular disease all over the world, alumni with a "French connection" came together, met fellow BHF alumni and heard about exciting new research and opportunities from the BHF.


The Future of International Collaboration

The opportunities afforded by digital technology, the uncertainties of Brexit and the exciting potential of "Big Data" science have created a research environment in which international collaboration between researchers, funders, industry professionals, clinicians and governments has never been more important. To discuss the successes, opportunities and challenges of international collaboration, the BHF, in partnership with UCL's Cardiovascular Network, was delighted to host this evening of discussion, debate and networking. Photos and a video of the event's highlights will be available soon.