Ian's February blog II

Posted by egg3 at Mar 11, 2014 11:25 AM |
Brain Awareness Week, conferences

We are looking forward to our Outreach in this years' Brain Awareness Week on Wednesday - many thanks to Rodrigo Bammann, Emma Gisborn and their volunteer teams for organising this! There are over 280 A-level students booked into the afternoon events at which Martine Hamann, Andrew Young, Heather Flowe and David Lambert are presenting some seminars on their research and many others are providing experimental demonstrations.

Brain Awareness Week - afternoon session

Please do come along and support our evening public speakers too - three talks are being given by Rodrigo Quian Quiroga, Ruth Luthi-Carter and Vincenzo Marra. Come along and join in the discussions!

Brain Awareness Week - evening session

On a more general point, have you ever wondered why you or your colleagues are not invited to give seminars at conferences? It is not the quality of your work - often it's simply because no-one has thought to submit a proposal for your kind of symposium to the conference organisers. These calls for symposia go out well ahead of the conference event - from 6-18 months ahead. Keep your eye out and have a go at putting together a group to make a symposium - it's a great way to improve the profile of your research area…. and if you need any advice, just ask. It's assumed that most speakers at a conference are invited….. but often it is a form of self-invitation, in so far as those that respond to a 'call' and write a good proposal inspire the organisers to accept their plan and participants. A general rule in selecting speakers is: be inclusive - male, female, senior, more junior; local, international; and go for those who's work has inspired you. So test the hypothesis - select your dream-team and have a go (you'll be amazed, it's like organising a party and having someone else pay for it :-).

Don't forget the Neuroscience & Behaviour Theme Symposium on April 3rd

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