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.


Grant Writing Workshop – Expressions of Interest

Grant writing workshop

Friday 2 May, 10am-1pm

The ECN Committee will be running another Grant Writing Workshop on Friday May 2nd, 10 am - 1 pm. This is to coincide with a number of upcoming fellowship and project grant deadlines. So that we might get an idea of likely attendance, please send any expressions of interest in attending the course to mala.shah@ucl.ac.uk

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 two senior UCL researchers, Professor Alex Thomson and Professor Kate Jeffery, who have extensive experience 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.

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. You will need to submit this at least 10 days before the workshop. Costings are NOT required.

Attendance at the workshop is free, but registration is required. Registration details will follow shortly.

Places are limited and priority will be given to those that submit their proposal in a timely manner. 

Contact: Mala Shah mala.shah@ucl.ac.uk



Previous Events


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Interview Skills for Fellowship and Grant Interviews

 
  • Wednesday 26th of March, 14:30 - 17:30:
  • Thursday 3 April, 14:30 - 17:30

Note that each workshop is a single afternoon, so please indicate your preferred date. Places will be filled on a first come first serve basis.

 

Are you in the process of applying to or have just submitted your application for a fellowship or grant interview (or have been selected for an interview already)?

The workshops consist of 5 participants made up of postdocs and early stage principal investigators who have written a grant proposal or fellowship application before (short proposals have to be sent to the panel ten days before the workshop for question preparation) and two senior professors with previous panel experience. Each participant will start with a 5 minute presentation before the committee followed by 10-15 minutes questioning. In the remaining 10-15 minutes the committee will give feedback. Video recordings will be provided for feedback on aspects of the presentation.

To register for this event, please email: Martine Groen and Tobias Nolte (m.groen@ucl.ac.uk and t.nolte@ucl.ac.uk)

  • Patricia Salinas and Steve Wilson
  • Kenneth Harris and Nick Fox

Working in Science and Family - Mutually exclusive or the perfect combination?

 

Wed 12 Feb 2014, 1-2pm

(Roberts Building)

 

You have worked hard to take your first steps on the academic career ladder. Now the time has come to start a family.

Many early scientists find that the long hours in the lab conflict with the responsibility of a child and decide to move out of science.

However here we present two excellent scientists who have demonstrated that having kids and a successful career can go together. Learn from the experts. 

Prof. Geraint Rees, Director of the UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience
Prof. Linda Greensmith, Graham Watts Senior Research Fellow at the Inst. of Neurology

Post-doc? Check!....What now?

 

Wednesday 11 December 2013, 4pm-5pm


(Roberts Building)

 

You have finished or are about to finish your postdoc, what should you do next to pursue an academic career?

In 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 be discussed.

In 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.

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

Public Engagement in research Workshop: How to engage and why it is important

 

Wednesday 16 October 2013, 4pm-5pm

(Medical Sciences 131 AV Hill Lecture Theatre)

 

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.

Prof. Sophie Scott, ICN Deputy Director

Dr Steve Cross, Head of UCL Public Engagement

Dr Patrick Lewis, Parkinson's UK Research Fellow, ION

ECN Grant writing workshop

 

Wednesday 2nd October 2013 

(Boardroom, Maple House 1A)

 

We ran another Grant Writing Workshop on Wednesday October 2nd to coincide with a number of fellowship and project grant deadlines from November to January. 


The aim of the half-day session was to help Early Career Investigators improve their applications for funding, whether project grants or fellowships. It was 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 was a rare opportunity to improve your "grantsmanship" skills, gain insight into how funding committees work, and to receive constructive feedback on your own applications.


Professor Michael Hausser
Wolfson Institute for Biomedical Research


Professor Anne Stephenson
UCL School of Pharmacy


How to write a successful grant application

 

Thursday 12th September 2013 - 4:00-5:00 pm

(Medical Sciences AV Hill Lecture Theatre, followed by a drinks reception in G40 seminar room)

 

In 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.

Professor Trevor Smart

NPP

Queen Square Symposium

   15 March 2013
 

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.

Ms. Amber Hill

Dr. Krishna Chinthapalli

Dr. Samuel Angwafor

Clinical Academic Careers: How to combine research and clinical practice

 

 Thursday 25th April 2013 - 4:00-5:00 pm

(Roberts Building, Torrington Place, room 421)

 

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.

• Dr Rick Adams, Clinical Research Associate, Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging

• 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

(Boardroom, 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 rachael.pearson@ucl.ac.uk. 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.

 

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