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. 

Past events

The Big Beat Event

Big Beat Challenge

6.30pm, Tuesday 23 October 2018
The Royal Institution, London

Join fellow scientists from research and industry at the home of the Christmas Lectures 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, will welcome guests from all disciplines, from cardiovascular science to artificial intelligence, to hear from Professor Josephine Bunch, Professor of Physics at the National Physical Laboratory and principal investigator of one of CRUK's Grand Challenge awards. 

Learn more about our ground-breaking research award, discuss Big Beat ideas with fellow guests and hear about the ambitions, challenges and progress of a multi-million pound research project working to map cancer in unprecedented detail.

Event timings

6.30pm Guests arrive
7pm Professor Sir Nilesh Samani, "BHF's Big Beat Challenge: thinking big without boundaries or borders"
7.15pm Professor Josephine Bunch, "Assembling a collective force to study tumour metabolism from every angle" 
7.45pm Audience discussion / Q&A 
8.15pm Reception
9.30pm Event concludes 

Live Streaming

You can watch a recording of The Big Big Event 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.