British Neuroscience Association

Liverpool Neuroscience Group is proudly affiliated with the British Neuroscience Association.

The BNA is the largest UK organisation representing and promoting neuroscience and neuroscientists. The BNA hosts the biennial Festival of Neuroscience, amd recognises, promotes and supports neuroscientific excellence via a number of prize & bursary schemes. There are many benefits of membership, including free or discounted registration for events, discounted Article Processing Charges, the BNA bulletin and much more. All members of BNA are eligible for free membership of the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS), and have access to the worldwide neuroscience community via the local group network, FENS, SfN and IBRO.


The LNG is the registered local group for Liverpool, and our Local Group Representative is:

Susannah Walker
Reader in Behavioural Neuroscience,
Liverpool John Moores University.


BNA Updates (14/02/2019)

1. BNA2019 Festival of Neuroscience, BNA2019

In just over 2 months’ time, from 14th – 17th April, 1200 delegates from the neuroscience community will be flocking to Ireland’s vibrant capital, Dublin, to hear the latest, ground-breaking research from over 200 international speakers. For full information, please click here.

BNA2019 Late breaking abstracts: call now open, deadline 25th of February. This is a great opportunity to present recent research to an international audience. Please make sure colleagues & students know.  See details online.

BNA2019 Travel and Childcare Bursaries – 2nd Round – two new calls for bursary funding towards supporting attendance at BNA2019, have recently been announced (deadline 28th February), please see details and links below:

Childcare grants:
Deadline: 28.02.19 – Amount: up to £300
Delegates with children, BNA, BSN or NSI members

BNA bursaries: Round II
Deadline: 28.02.19 – Amount: up to £250
Students & ECRs – Poster presenters

Proteintech Bursaries
Deadline: 28.02.19 – Amount: up to £250
Students & ECRs, UK-based applicants

2. FENS2020: Young Investigator Training Program (YITP)

A key event surrounding FENS2020 Forum, which will be held in Glasgow, 11-15 July 2020,  is the IBRO-sponsored Young Investigator Training Program (YITP): ambitious, talented students from around the world apply to receive funding to come for a short 2-3  week placement in UK laboratories. This program has been enormously successful for students and hosts at previous FENS Forums and we want this to continue whilst the UK is hosting FENS2020. If you can pledge to host a student, all you would need to prepare at this stage is a  2-3 sentence project description that is appropriate for a 2-3 week project

It would be great to see the LNG offering a number of placement projects.
Click here for details.

3. As neuroscientists, we must look outwards and resist the tendency in the UK in 2019 to look inwards – Professor Everitt reflects on the importance of international science, and calls on the UK neuroscience community to strive to counter isolation in these ‘interesting times’. See full story online.

4. Special Collection – Special Collection on Neuroimmunology and Brain Disorders – Call for papers (Deadline: 30th April)

The BNA’s official journal ‘Brain and Neuroscience Advances’ will shortly feature a Special Collection on Neuroimmunology and Brain Disorders – please share this information with relevant colleagues. This special issue will cover this emerging field spanning topics from molecular to clinical and imaging studies.

Potential topics include but are not limited to: Immune system and brain development, Early immune activation and risk for brain disease, Immune system and plasticity, Roles of microglia and the complement system in aging and disease, Clinical and imaging studies of neuroimmune status

The deadline for submissions is 30 April 2019.

Full information can be found here: