BNA Festive Symposium | The seven ages of hu(man) | 14 December 2020
BNA Event - 14th Dec 2020
The 2020 Festive symposium will mark the launch of The BNA’s annual theme for 2021: The neuroscience of ageing.
Taking inspiration from Shakespeare’s famous passage from, “All the world’s a stage”*, the programme will feature talks across all stages of the lifespan.
In addition to the seven described by Shakespeare, from 'the infant' to 'the last scene of all', we will add an eighth: that of foetal brain development. Moreover we will look at wider life experiences than those typically associated with men! - Talks will cover changes to the maternal brain, neurodevelopmental disorders, the adolescent brain, and super-agers too.
The BNA Festive Symposium is one of the most popular events in the neuroscience calendar, with a reputation for lively and inclusive programmes which attract people interested in neuroscience across all stages of their career.
This year’s symposium will be the first time it will be held online. To maintain the sense of occasion, excitement and interaction, the talks will be delivered live, to maximise engagement of all attendees. We have also made the shorts and the day shorter, to allow for those who are multi-tasking and home-working.
The BNA Festive Symposium will feature the presentation of the following BNA Awards for 2020.
Confirmed speakers are listed below. Please check back for updates and timings.
Magdalena Götz - Munich, Germany - Neural stem cells and development
Vicky Southgate - Copenhagen, Denmark - Cognition in infancy
Sarah-Jayne Blakemore - Cambridge, UK - The adolescent brain
Silvana Valtcheva - NYU, US - Changes in the maternal brain
Rik Henson - Cambridge, UK - Middle-age ageing
Simon Lovestone - Janssen, UK - Old age and dementia
Ian Deary - Edinburgh, UK - Super agers
*The Seven Ages of Man (”All the world’s a stage”) by William Shakespeare
All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances, And one man in his time plays many parts, His acts being seven ages. At first the infant, Mewling and puking in the nurse’s arms; And then the whining schoolboy, with his satchel And shining morning face, creeping like snail Unwillingly to school. And then the lover, Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad Made to his mistress’ eyebrow. Then a soldier, Full of strange oaths, and bearded like the pard, Jealous in honor, sudden and quick in quarrel, Seeking the bubble reputation Even in the cannon’s mouth. And then the justice, In fair round belly with good capon lined, With eyes severe and beard of formal cut, Full of wise saws and modern instances; And so he plays his part. The sixth age shifts Into the lean and slippered pantaloon, With spectacles on nose and pouch on side; His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide For his shrunk shank; and his big manly voice, Turning again toward childish treble, pipes And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all, That ends this strange eventful history, Is second childishness and mere oblivion, Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.