The BNA will be holding its international FESTIVAL OF NEUROSCIENCE 10-13 April 2017 at the ICC, Birmingham. Follow links on the left (or above if viewing on a mobile) to explore the event.

The Physiological SocietyThe BNA is delighted to be working with our BNA2017 Festival PartnerThe Physiological Society.  As well as supporting the meeting as a whole, TPS is convening a strand running through TPS is convening a strand running through the Festival on 'The Neurobiology of Stress: A Physiological Society Topic Meeting', as part of their theme year Making Sense of Stress.


  1. Why attend BNA2017?
  2. Key Features of BNA2017
  3. Welcome to Birmingham
  4. CPD certification
  5. Programme Committee
  6. Local Organising Committee
  7. Festival contacts

Why attend BNA2017?

"Attending and contributing to meetings such as BNA2017 Festival of Neuroscience is core to a career in science.  They provide the opportunity to discuss findings, discover fresh insights on your work, meet researchers from around the world and learn the latest developments in the field." 

"BNA2017 is one of the largest international neuroscience meetings in Europe in 2017, and presents the ideal opportunity for neuroscientists around the world to discuss their science and their ideas, across both discipline boundaries and national borders."

John Isaac, Former Head of Neuroscience and Mental Health, The Wellcome Trust

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Key Features of BNA2017

BNA2017 delegates can expect a jam-packed scientific programme with the top experts in their field offering research findings from the hottest topics in neuroscience, as well as many other activites including public events and workshops.

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Welcome to Birmingham

Birmingham - the UK's second city and home to the ICC

Did you know that....?

  • The  City of Birmingham is the UK’s ‘Second City’, both in size and influence  
  • Recent transformation and regeneration means it is now the UK’s most popular conference destination outside of the Capital
  • The region is steeped in local history, from being a stone's throw from Stratford-upon-Avon for Shakespeare lovers, to Warwick and Kenilworth Castles, for those who enjoy exploring dungeons and old battlements.
  • For ‘culture vultures’, there are exceptional art galleries, museums, libraries and the best concert hall in the country.
  • For ‘foodies’, there are over 200 restaurants, four of which are Michelin-starred – more than any other English city outside of London. 
  • For ‘shopaholics’, there are over 1,000 stores, from high-end fashion to independent chic.

However, for those who prefer relaxing in pubs and wine bars, then you really should explore the quaint establishments that have emerged along the canal-side, just outside the ICC.   What better way to unwind after a long day conferencing?!  

See more information about getting around the city, things to see and do and places to visit at Visit Birmingham.

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CPD certification

Royal College of Physicians

The Festival has been approved by the Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom for 30 category 1 (external) CPD credits. Attendance of the whole Festival will entitle the delegate to a certificate of attendance. 

Read more about CPD and assessment required for different stages of your clinical career at the Royal College of Physicians website.

Royal Society of Biology

The Royal Society of Biology has also approved the event for CPD. Participants can claim 90 CPD credits for attending this event; credits are valid only if attendees are registered on the Royal Society of Biology CPD Scheme.

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Programme Committee

Chair: Thelma Lovick, University of Birmingham
John Aggleton, Cardiff University
Duncan Banks, Open University
Peter Brophy, University of Edinburgh
Bob Burgoyne, University of Liverpool
Trevor Bushell, University of Strathclyde
Val Curran, UCL
Bill Deakin, University of Manchester
Sue Deuchars, University of Leeds
Annette Dolphin, UCL
Mayank Dutia, University of Edinburgh
Russell Foster,  University of Oxford
Gary Gilmour, Eli Lilly
Jenni Harvey, University of Dundee
Megan Holmes, University of Edinburgh
Christine Holt, University of Cambridge
Anya Hurlbert, UCL
Anthony Isles, Cardiff University
Kate Jeffery, UCL
John Jefferys, University of Oxford
Ros Langston, University of Dundee

Stafford Lightman, University of Bristol
Rob Lucas, University of Manchester
Bridget Lumb, University of Bristol
Paul Matthews, Imperial College London
Mitul Mehta, KCL
Mary Morrell, Imperial College London
Kia Nobre, University of Oxford
David Nutt, Imperial College London
Mike Owen, Cardiff University
Alan Palmer, MS Therapeutics Ltd
Narender Ramnani, RHUL
Hans Reul, University of Bristol
Trevor Robbins, University of Cambridge
John Rothwell, UCL
Attila Sik, University of Birmingham
Trevor Smart, UCL
Ian Stanford, Aston University
Kate Storey, University of Dundee
Emil Toescu, University of Birmingham
Irene Tracey, University of Oxord
Mark Ungless, Imperial College London

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Local Organising Committee

Rhein Parri - Aston University
Eric Hill, Aston University
Serena Antonio, Aston University
Dan Fulton, University of Birmingham
Charlotte Flavell, University of Birmingham
Andy Powell, Birmingham City University

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Festival contacts

We are working with Neurofest17 Ltd to organise the BNA2017 Festival of Neurosience, and they will be ready to answer any enquires you have.

General enquiries:   Tel. 01704 550970 / 07970 247401



Registration and abstract submission:

Scientific programme:

Press Office: Dr Duncan Banks Tel: 07399 565677

BNA2017 is an event of the British Neuroscience Association Ltd, Company Limited by Guarantee. Registered in England No 04307833, Charity number 1103852
The trading subsidiary of the British Neuroscience Association Ltd is BNA Events Ltd, registered in England number 07784689
Registered address: 1-3 Crosby Road South, Liverpool, L22 1RG. 
BNA Events Ltd is wholly owned by the British Neuroscience Association Ltd.

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