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Cambridge Postdoc Neuroscience Network: Virtual Panel Discussions


16-17 July 2020




Dear Postdocs and Early Career Researchers,


We hope you and your loved ones are keeping well in these unusual times.


On behalf of the Cambridge Neuroscience Postdoc Neuroscience Network, we would like to invite you to the PNN Virtual Panel Discussions, taking place Thursday 16 July (10am-12pm) and Friday 17 July (2-5pm). 


We appreciate that some postdocs are experiencing an even busier time than usual whereas others are unable to engage in (any) research activities. However, we hope that many of you would still be able to attend (at least part) of the event. We will also be recording the sessions so you can view them in your own time if you are unable to make (part) of the day.


The topics for this year’s event will be centered around how research is affected by the global pandemic (Day 1) and how we can use the current global crises in a positive way to identify opportunities and needs for change in academia (Day 2). Day 1 will include a panel discussion on Funding and Career Development During and After the Pandemic and Day 2’s panel discussion will focus on Shaping Long-Term Change in Academia.


This event will address issues affecting all postdocs working under the remit of Cambridge Neuroscience, but is open to everyone, including students and PIs. We welcome registrations from external postdocs. 


We hope that we can use this time to connect the Cambridge Postdoc Neuroscience Community and together work towards a sustainable future for early career researchers.


With best wishes,

The Postdoc Neuroscience Network Committee


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Programme at a Glance

16th July - 10:00-12:00 (90 minutes followed by coffee and networking)

Funding and Career Development During and After the Pandemic

Panelists confirmed to date:

Andrew Welchman,  Head of Neuroscience & Mental Health, Wellcome Trust

Karen Brakspear, Head of Programme for Mental Health, Medical Research Council

Peter Jones, Board of Trustees, MQ: Transforming Mental Health

Anna Philpott, Head of School of Biological Sciences, University of Cambridge

Ed Bullmore, Head of Department of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge

Topics to be covered:

  • Delay COVID is causing in research – how will this be incorporated into fellowship applications? How should second waves be incorporated into applications?
  • Impacts of the pandemic on day-to-day research
  • Any funding/initiatives for childcare/other support services to help researchers do work while they're working from home?
  • University view on recruitment in the near and medium future


17th July - 14:00-17:00 (2 hours followed by networking and drinks)

Shaping Long-Term Change in Academia

Panelists confirmed to date:

Duncan Astle, Chair of the University of Cambridge's LGBT+ Staff Network  

Liz Simmonds, Assistant head of office (Strategy) at University of Cambridge Office of Postdoctoral Affairs  

Gina Warren,  Equality & Diversity, Human Resources, University of Cambridge 

Rik Henson,  Credibility in Neuroscience, British Neuroscience Association

Paul Fletcher, Cambridge Neuroscience

Francesca Cirulli, ALBA Network

Neil Jacobs, Research Integrity Lead, UKRI

Aim of discussion: What would you want academic research to look like and what do we need to do in the short and long term to achieve this?

Large Panel to include representatives from different bodies including Equality and Diversity Network, LGBT network, BAME network, Research Integrity, Credibility, Reproducibility in Neuroscience, the ALBA Network (Diversity & Equality in Brain Sciences) and Cambridge Neuroscience. 

The format will feature short presentations/intros by panelists with Q&A, followed by a more open discussion with panelists. This discussion will be followed by drinks.

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 A zoom link will be circulated to registered delegates. 

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The Post Doc Neuroscience Network is supported by Cambridge Neuroscience and was made possible by an initial seed fund from the Isaac Newton Trust.

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Please contact Dr Dervila Glynn if you have any queries initially. 

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