The Infectious Aetiology of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis


Join us for the Young EMERG 2024 Symposium for Promoting the Advancement of Research Knowledge in ME (SPARK ME), a unique gathering tailored for young and early career researchers, and medical students, passionate about advancing research in ME and post-viral illnesses.
Hosted on the 25th June 2024, at the prestigious Wellcome Genome Campus near Cambridge, UK, SPARK ME is a hybrid event organised by Young EMERG and UK charity Invest in ME Research.
This international workshop warmly welcomes registrants from across the globe. Hinxton Hall

SPARK ME aims to facilitate collaboration, knowledge exchange, and networking among early career researchers in the field of ME.
The event offers a safe space for early career researchers to discuss challenges and gain valuable insights into pursuing ME research.
Through engaging talks, participants will be equipped with knowledge of the current research landscape, funding opportunities, ME biobanks, how to pursue a career in academia and much more!

At SPARK ME, early career researchers have the opportunity to showcase their work through oral and poster presentations.

The workshop also features interactive breakout groups and roundtable discussions, enabling participants to collaborate on advancing ME research. SPARK ME is a pivotal opportunity for emerging researchers to connect, learn, and contribute to the ongoing effort to advance research knowledge in ME.

SPARK ME initiates the International ME Conference Week (25-28 June 2024). Other events include the #BRMEC13 - 13th International Biomedical Research into ME Colloquium and #IIMEC16 - 16th International ME Conference for clinicians and the public.


Workshop Agenda

The workshop will take place from 09:00 until 17:00.
This will be followed by an optional post-workshop dinner for delegates who have registered for it.

Session Presenter(s)
09:00 Welcome and research landscape Dr Katharine Seton
Quadram Institute, UK / Chair of Young EMERG
09:30 NIH roadmap research priorities Session chair: Dr Vicky Whittemore (position)
National Institues of Health, USA
10:00 Navigating a career in academia tbc
11:00 ME/CFS research perspective Dr Francisco Westermeier, FH JOANNEUM University of Applied Sciences, Austria
11:30 - Funding opportunities tbc
13:00 Existing ME/CFS biobanks in Europe Eva Untersmayr-Elsenhuber, Medical University of Vienna, Austria / EMERG
13:30 ECR Presentations
13:30 Presentation 1 tba
13:45 Presentation 2 tba
14:00 Presentation 3 tba
14:15 Presentation 4 tba
14:30 Presentation 5 tba
14:45 Presentation 6 tba
16:00 Networking session Session chair: Katharine Seton
17:00 Adjourn Folllowed by post-workshop dinenr + social for registered delegates


Register for the Young EMERG conference using the link below. This is a ticket-only event and it is not possible to attend without having registration approved.

The workshop, arranged and funded by Invest in ME Research UK, is free for approved registrants, though you will need to cover the cost of your post-workshop evening meal, which will be partially subsidised by the charity.

Eligibility for registration requires current enrolment as a master’s, PhD or medical student, or post-doc, along with affiliation to a recognised research institute, university or hospital.

Unsure if you are eligible? Contact us to enquire using the link below.

Registration deadline: cob 5 May 2024.

Abstract Submission / Poster Presentations

Registered attendees are encouraged to submit an abstract outlining their current research into ME, or related illnesses, for the possibility to present their work through oral or poster presentations.

Abstract deadline: 31 March 2024.

Guidelines on abstract submission can be found in the link below.


The conference will take place on the Wellcome Genome Campus at Hinxton Hall, between London and Cambridge. Hinxton Hall

Hinxton Hall Conference Centre is located on the Wellcome Genome Campus, alongside research institutions that are at the forefront of the genomics revolution. Hinxton Hall Conference Centre blends stunning contemporary architecture with state-of-the-art facilities, alongside a Grade II* listed country house, all set within a beautiful, rural 100 acre estate bordering the River Cam.

This location is near to Cambridge as well as a short drive from London Stansted airport.
There is also a direct link to London Stansted from central London.
This venue offers a number of advantages for assisting in our objectives of building collaboration and expanding knowledge.

Past Workshops

Past early career researcher workshops have been hosted in both the UK and US, by Invest in ME Research and NIH, respectively.

Past workshops can be viewed via the link below.


Young EMERG offers hope for building the future for research into myalgic encephalomyelitis.
The Young EMERG ECR events are arranged and funded by UK Charity Invest in ME Research, a founder member of the European ME Alliance, as part of their strategy to energise research into ME by building European networks for researchers, clinicians, patient groups and, now, early career researchers.
Support for this strategy is welcome and by sponsoring the workshop you will be providing encouragement for new researchers to enter the field and more awareness and knowledge of ME to be propagated.
The workshop initiates the International ME Conference Week - more details of the events are described in the Conference Week brochure. Contact us if interested in becoming a sponsor of the Young EMERG SPARK ME workshop and wish to discuss the opportunities.

COVID Policy

One of the reasons that we have again chosen this venue for our research and conference events was to allow more space within the conference venue.

Last Update February 2024