2013-2014 ECN Events
The ECN Forum runs regular seminars and workshops covering a variety of topics relevant to early career neuroscientists. If you have any additional topic suggestions, please contact the ECN Committee.
Post-doc? Check!....What now?
Wednesday 11 December, 4pm-5pm (The workshop will be followed by a networking drinks reception in the foyer of the Roberts Building)
Venue: Roberts Building Lecture Theater 106, Gower Street
Professor John O'Keefe, newly appointed director of the Sainsbury Welcome Center
Dr Mala Shah, Reader at the School of Pharmacy, Faculty of Life Sciences
Dr Jennifer Bizley, Senior Research Fellow at the Ear Institute, Faculty of Brain Sciences
You have finished or are about to finish your postdoc, what should you do next to pursue an academic career?
this latest talk organised by the ECN Forum, attendees will hear
about how new faculty positions are created and the strategic thinking
that goes behind any new opening. Advice on how you can place yourself
in a position which maximizes your chances to get that position
(internal or external candidate, teaching vs. research etc.) will also
addition, the talk will cover which kind of positions exist and at what
level each can be accessed and the selection criteria for the
applicants. Attendees will also hear about the personal journey of
colleagues from the Neuroscience Domain who are on the academic career
ladder after their postdoc experience.
To register for this event, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/postdoc-check-what-now-tickets-9158030917?ref=estw
Public Engagement in research Workshop: How to engage and why it is important
Wednesday 16 October, 4pm-5pm
Venue: Medical Sciences 131 AV Hill Lecture Theatre (The workshop will be followed by a networking drinks reception in G40 Seminar Room, Ground Floor Medical Sciences)
Prof. Sophie Scott, ICN Deputy Director
Dr Steve Cross, Head of UCL Public Engagement
Dr Patrick Lewis, Parkinson's UK Research Fellow, ION
Public engagement initiated from scientists themselves is of extreme importance to the public but also to the scientific groups themselves as funding bodies are increasingly keen to see research scientists being proactive in communicating their data and its implications in the relevant field of study. Each speaker will give their own account of public engagement through their own experiences and expertise.
ECN Grant writing workshop
Wednesday 2nd October 2013
Venue: Boardroom, Maple House 1A, 149 Tottenham Court Road, London
We will be running another Grant Writing Workshop on Wednesday October 2nd. This is to coincide with a number of upcoming fellowship and project grant deadlines from November to January.
So that we might get an idea of likely attendance, please send any expressions of interest in attending the course to email@example.com. You will be required to submit your scientific and lay abstract and research proposal approximately 7-10 days before the workshop.
The aim of the half-day session is to help Early Career Investigators improve their applications for funding, whether project grants or fellowships. It will be led by senior UCL researchers, who have extensive experience both of applying for funding and of sitting on the committees that decide which science gets funded (including the Wellcome Trust and Medical Research Council). This is a rare opportunity to improve your "grantsmanship" skills, gain insight into how funding committees work, and to receive constructive feedback on your own applications.
It will be a peer-led session in which participants will give and receive critical feedback on grant and fellowship applications in the style of a committee meeting at a funding body, with oversight from Prof Michael Hausser and Prof. F. Anne Stephenson.
To participate in this workshop, every participant must provide an abstract, lay summary and full scientific proposal (it may be a preliminary application) for either a grant application or a fellowship application at the point of registration. Costings are NOT required.
Attendance at the workshop is free, but registration is required.
How to write a successful grant application
Thursday 12th September 2013 - 4:00-5:00 pm
Venue: Medical Sciences AV Hill Lecture Theatre, followed by a drinks reception in G40 seminar room
this highly competitive field, the ability to write a successful grant
application is vital if you aim to pursue a career in academia.
Through this seminar, Professor Trevor Smart (NPP) provided attendees with invaluable tips and insider knowledge as an expert who has been awarded numerous grants and sat on various grant-awarding panels.
Attendees also took advantage of an extended Q and A session asking Trevor specific questions about the grant application process.
If you missed the seminar, Prof Trevor Smart has kindly provided the ECN Forum with slides from his talk. Please see the link below for access to his PowerPoint presentation.
Queen Square Symposium
Organised annually in conjunction with Brain Awareness Week, the student-led Queen Square Symposium offers postgraduate students in the Institute of Neurology an invaluable opportunity to showcase and discuss their research. Everyone across UCL is invited to attend the 2013 symposium. For further details please see: /neuroscience/documents/Quuensqsymp.
Clinical Academic Careers: How to combine research and clinical practice
Thursday 25th April 2013 - 4:00-5:00 pm
Venue: Roberts Building, Torrington Place, room 421 (followed by a drinks reception in G40 Seminar Room, Ground Floor Medical Sciences)
The aim of this forum is to give an overview of clinical academic career trajectories combining clinical training and research and will comprise of personal experiences of clinical research careers in the field of neuroscience. The event is aimed at medical students, MD/PhDs, postdocs and postgraduate students from disciplines that are interested in the combination of research and practice as well as junior PIs.
Rick Adams, Clinical Research Associate,
Wellcome Trust Centre
• TBC (Clinical Senior Lecturer)
• Prof Geraint Rees, FMedSci, Professor of Cognitive Neurology, Director, ICN
ECN Grant Writing Workshop
Friday 3rd May 2013, 09.00-13:00
Venue: Board Room, Maple House
The aim of this half-day session is to help Early Career Investigators (PIs and post-docs) improve their applications for funding, whether project grants or fellowships. It will be a peer-led session in which participants will give and receive critical feedback on grant and fellowship applications in the style of a committee meeting at a funding body, with oversight from Professor Maria Fitzgerald and Professor Annette Dolphin. This is a rare opportunity to improve your "grantsmanship" skills, gain insight into how funding committees work, and to receive constructive feedback on your own applications.
To attend the workshop you MUST submit a grant application at the time of registration. This may be a fellowship proposal or project grant. You must submit a lay and scientific abstract and the research proposal only. CVs, costings, impact statement etc are not required. Please anonymise the application. Registration will be on a first come-first served basis and will only be confirmed with submission of the grant. Due to logistical constraints we can only accept registration from UCL staff, up to a maximum of 12 delegates.
Please submit applications and request for registration to firstname.lastname@example.org. All applications must be received by 12pm on 22nd April. If you are considering registering, please contact Dr Pearson before doing so.
All submissions will be treated with complete confidence.