The British Neuroscience Association (BNA) recently celebrated its fiftieth year by organising a ‘Festival of Neuroscience’, in Edinburgh: 12th – 15th April 2015. Over 1600 delegates attended the event, from various disciplines of neuroscience research, their interests spanning from the pharmacological to the psychological.
The BNA2015: Festival of Neuroscience showcased some of the best neuroscience research currently being undertaken in the UK and internationally in an extensive four-day programme of: eight plenary lectures; fifty symposia sessions, each composed of four speakers; four workshops; 800 poster-presentations and two public lectures. The public lectures were particular highlights of the conference:
Professor David Nutt (Imperial College London) discussed “Why Scotland should lead the neuroscientific enlightenment?”, in terms of changes to drug policy.
Dr Adrian Owen (University of Western Ontario, Canada) spoke about “The search for consciousness: Detecting awareness in the vegetative state.”
The BNA2015: Festival of Neuroscience was attended by 96 delegates from the University of Cambridge, many of which were students from the Department of Psychiatry who gave poster presentations.
Liam Wilson, PhD Student in the Department of Psychiatry, reflected on his experiences of the BNA2015: Festival of Neuroscience ” A huge strength of this conference is the breadth of symposium topics that are available, and that of the plenary lectures as well. It’s great to be able to find out about the latest advancements in the particular field you are working in, but at the same time to be able to attend talks that are perhaps not directly related to your work but are extremely interesting and given by people who are world leaders in their field, or indeed, Nobel laureates! But if I had to pick one particular event that I enjoyed at this year’s festival, it would have to be the careers in neuroscience speed-dating event. It was fantastic to get advice about how to advance in a neuroscience career from professionals and prolific researchers who have seen and done it all.”