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The Education working group is responsible for implementing various initiatives that targets all Members of the IDM, students of Members, affiliates of the IDM, and non-members if appropriate. These initiatives are flexible and open to on-going discussion and amendment. Presently the following are supported, to which applications may be made:

1. Weekly seminars, organised either by the IDM, or once a month by the Division of Immunology (2 speakers, often postgraduate students or postdoctoral fellows). Seminars are generally held on Wednesdays, from 13h00 to 14h00 sharp unless otherwise specified. The venue is usually the Wolfson Pavilion Lecture Theatre (WPLT) unless otherwise specified.

2. Additional special seminars may be presented by Visiting Scientists, for whom financial support is available. Please note that applicants will be required to collect feedback and submit a report to the ETT, within one month after the visit has taken place. 

3. Master classes, practical skills development workshops, and a variety of workshops aligned with our transformation objectives take place each quarter. Please note that applicants will be required to collect feedback and submit a report to the ETT, within one month after the Master class has taken place. 


The Education working group is led by Jo-Ann Passmore and any alternate suggestions to complement current initiatives can be submitted. Membership to the Education working group is voluntary, and open to all staff and students affiliated with the IDM. The Chair, Jo-Ann Passmore may be contacted regarding joining the Education working group.

The IDM also participates in the Life Sciences Across the Globe online seminar series as one of 8 leading “sister” institutes from the USA, Europe, UK, Latin America, India and China. The IDM is the only sister institute from Africa. As part of this seminar programme, the IDM showcased “Science” and “Research Culture” talks as host of three seminars held in 2020:

  • Valerie Mizrahi and Anastasia Koch (co-founder and co-director of Eh!woza) presented talks at the first IDM hosted session on 5 August.
  • Tom Scriba and Cheleka Mpande (PhD candidate and Communications Officer for Immunopaedia) presented the second round of talks hosted on 30 September.
  • Ambroise Wonkam and Ntando Yola (Community Engagement Lead at the Desmond Tutu Health Foundation) presented the third round of talks hosted on 25 November.