2024 Festive Symposium: "The Resilient Brain"

BNA Event - 10th Dec 2024

BNA 2024 Festive Symposium
"The Resilient Brain"

Tuesday 10th December, 2024, 10am - 6pm, The Metropolitan Hotel, Leeds, UK

Our Festive Symposia launch the BNA’s forthcoming annual themes: for 2025, the theme will be the ‘Resilient Brain’. 

The BNA Festive Symposium is one of the most popular events in the neuroscience calendar, with a reputation for lively and inclusive programmes bringing neuroscientists together to network, have fun and explore a central theme through a series of short talks that are accessible for everyone, regardless of experience and expertise.

Throughout this lively and inclusive (and festive!) meeting, we will examine the theme from multiple viewpoints.  The 2024 Festive Symposium will bring together neuroscientists in academia, the clinic and the commercial sector to share their latest research and explore the topic from multiple viewpoints including traumatic brain injury, resilience to ageing and disease, and mental health and protective lifestyle factors.


To be announced very shortly....! 

Programme content includes:

  • Preventative lifestyle factors
  • Rehabilitation after traumatic brain injury
  • International public opinion on brain health
  • Resilient mental health in adolescents
  • Brain repair
  • Resilience in the ageing brain


The Met Hotel Leeds has welcomed guests for over a century. Designed by local architects, the hotel is renowned for its Victorian terracotta facade and stone cupola taken from the city's demolished 4th White Cloth Hall. Today, The Met Hotel Leeds is still a much-loved landmark in Leeds' cityscape, blending the original design with contemporary interiors to create a Leeds 4-star city centre hotel. Conveniently located just minutes from Leeds train station and in the centre of the city.

Visit The Met Hotel's website here.

Catering and refreshments

Meeting fees include two refreshment breaks, lunch and a wine reception. 

PLEASE BE AWARE that meat will not be provided at lunchtime unless specially requested by indicating in the ‘requirements’ section during registration. The default option will be vegetarian. This is in an effort to reduce the carbon footprint associated with food waste at conferences and events.

All other special dietary requests (vegan, gluten-free, halal etc) can also be catered for by requesting in the ‘requirements’ section during registration.


Sponsorship Opportunities

We invite your organisation to be part of this special event with sponsorship opportunities from £300. 

Please download the sponsorship prospectus and complete the booking form to secure your place. 

Please contact Louise Tratt (louise.tratt@bna.org.uk) for further information.


Prize winners 

To be announced!

Presentations for the above prizes will take place during the Festive symposium.


Environmental sustainability

The British Neuroscience Association (BNA) is highly aware of the environmental impact of holding meetings, and have therefore taken the following measures to increase the sustainability of this event.  If you have further ideas or comments, please do contact the BNA at office@bna.org.uk.

  • The venue is easily accessible via a plethora of public transport options
  • All speakers and delegates are encouraged to travel via public transport
  • No meat or fish will be served at the event, unless specially requested as a dietary requirement, in order to reduce the carbon footprint
  • All materials such as name badges, programmes and banners will be re-used, recylcable and/or biodegradable


Safer Spaces Policy for BNA events

All participants at BNA events (including events hosted by other organisations exclusively for BNA members) are required to read and follow the BNA's Safer Spaces Policy (click to read in full).


Meeting fees

  Member Non-member
Undergraduate/ 'A' level student FREE* £18.50
Postgraduate/ Career starter £25.00 £50.00
Early Career Scientist/ Clinician £38.50 £75.00
Associate member/ public £38.50 £110.00
Full/ Full industry £75.00 £110.00
Retired £38.50 £70.00
Honorary £38.50  

*BNA undergraduate members - Please note that the BNA undergrad registration fee (£18.50) is refundable based on successful attendance at the event. 

All prices inclusive of UK VAT at 20%.



Register here.

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