UCL Division of Medicine


DOM ECR Seminar Series: Resisting Knowledge vampirism (How to protect your IP)

31 October 2022, 12:45 pm–2:00 pm

Natalie portrait photo outside in the summer in front of a wall

Division of Medicine (DOM) Early Career Research (ECR) Network / Postgraduate Student (PGS) Research Culture Programme

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to

UCL staff | UCL students








This will be a hybrid event with limited tickets available for onsite attendance.
Second Seminar Room, Rayne Building
5 University Street
United Kingdom


'Resisting Knowledge Vampirism: How to protect your intellectual property and protect from becoming prey or predator'

Nathalie Martinek

Early career researchers are faced with opportunities for career development and growth when in supportive environments that can be threatened by inequitable power dynamics within any lab or group. Knowledge Vampirism is when a peer or colleague extracts unique information, knowledge and practice wisdom from another peer or colleague to increase the knowledge vampire's competitive advantage in claiming this body of knowledge as their own. The practice of knowledge vampirism is one of the many strategies employed by bullies and narcissistic leaders who rely on others to feed their need for success at all costs and scapegoat those who no longer supply what they need and are perceived as threats to their success. This session will explore how to spot knowledge vampirism already in progress and what to do about it, how to resist knowledge vampires, prevention strategies for being scapegoated and tips on developing healthy and productive collaborations.

Pre-reading on knowledge vampires and pet to threat phenomena:


From Pet to Threat to Disgraced - by Nathalie Martinek PhD (substack.com)

Short biography

Nathalie Martinek, PhD is an ex-systems biology and cancer researcher turned narcissism hacker, consultant & independent medical culture researcher on the enablers and barriers to professional fulfillment. She investigates human suffering and its influence on behaviour in different relational contexts and combines practice wisdom with conceptual frameworks to help people to discover the root cause and make sense of their suffering in order to successfully navigate challenging personal and professional relationships.

This event is open to UCL staff and students. We would encourage attendance from all career stages

This will be a hybrid event with limited tickets for onsite attendance

Host: Dr. Puja Mehta, Centre for Inflammation and Tissue Repair | UCL Respiratory | University College London
The seminars are open to UCL staff, students and their visitors. We would encourage attendance from all career stages. All staff looking to enhance their own practice are encouraged to attend
Please contact Med.ECR-Network@ucl.ac.uk for all enquires  
Online audience members: Please ensure that your mic is muted and video turned off during the talk.