Careers in Neuroscience Symposium at NUI Galway

Nov 18 2014 Posted: 09:52 GMT

NUI Galway will host the Careers in Neuroscience Symposium on Wednesday, 26 November, where several high-calibre and distinguished researchers will discuss their careers, share their experience and present their latest research findings.

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 symposiums 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 ample opportunity for delegates to meet experts in an informal and friendly environment and also to network with other early career neuroscientists from different institutes.

Symposium speakers will include:

  • Professor John Cryan, University College Cork
  • Professor Markus von Kienlin, Head of Preclinical Imaging at Hoffmann-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, post-doctoral researcher with NUI Galway’s Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics and Chairperson of the symposium said: “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 PhDs 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 at NUI Galway, for other young neuroscientists from different national and international institutes. 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 and Restoration).

Abstracts were invited from students and early career scientists for scientific sessions. Registration is currently open and costs €15. Prizes will be awarded for best poster and best talk. For more information visit


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