Careers in Neuroscience Symposium 2014


On 26th November 2014, several high-calibre and distinguished researchers will discuss their careers, share their experience and present their latest research findings as part of the inaugural Careers in Neuroscience Symposium (CNS 2014) in NUI Galway.

Attractive broad sessions are scheduled on career options in academia, industry, scientific communication and other alternative careers as well as a workshop on funding and grants. The symposium’s overarching theme is careers in neuroscience but students and early career researchers from all interested disciplines are invited to attend.

Through open discussions and social events, there will be plenty of opportunity to meet these experts in an informal and friendly environment and also to network with other early career neuroscientists from different institutes.

Abstracts were invited from students and early career scientists for scientific sessions. Registration, which is still open, costs 15 euro and prizes will be awarded for best poster and best talk.

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Confirmed speakers include:

  • Professor John Cryan, University College Cork
  • Professor Dr. Markus von Kienlin, Head of Preclinical Imaging at Hoddmann-La Roche, Switzerland
  • Professor William O’ Connor, University of Limerick
  • Dr. Max Bianchi, Transpharmation Ireland, Ltd
  • Dr. Grainne Gannon, Clinical Project Manager at  Novartis
  • Dr. Dara Dunican,  Scientific Program Officer, Science Foundation Ireland
  • Cormac Sheridan, Science Journalist at Nature Biotechnology, BioWorld
  • Dr. Maeve Caldwell, Reader in Stem Cells and Regeneration, University of Bristol

Dr. Nikita Burke, chairperson, says: “This symposium is an exciting new forum for bright young neuroscientists to present cutting-edge research and network with national- and internationally-renowned experts in the field, learning about various career pathways in academia, industry and alternative sectors. Given that 80% of PhD’s do not stay in academia, it is critical to inform students of their options.”

This symposium is organised by students in the Galway Neuroscience Centre (with support from the Neuro Society) for other young neuroscientists from different Institutes in Ireland and overseas.  It aims to allow undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as post-docs, to hear the latest research from leading scientists within neuroscience and to extend their academic, presentation and communication skills.

The Careers in Neuroscience Symposium is funded by Neuroscience Ireland and Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and replaces the Galway Neuroscience Research Day and Neuroscience Ireland Conference this year.  This event is a satellite meeting to NECTAR 2014 (Network for European CNS Transplantation & Restoration).

The day will be concluded with a networking session and social event in the House Hotel.

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