BNA careers and talent recruitment fair

BNA Event - 22nd Feb 2024

BNA recruitment fair

The BNA's inaugural careers and talent recruiment fair in partnership with the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre, London, on 22nd February 2024.

Making connections to create careers across and beyond neuroscience.


Outline of the day
Information for candidates
Information for recruiters
Meet the attending organisations
Venue information
Catering and refreshments
Safer Spaces Policy for BNA events
Filming and photography 

In partnership with the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre in London, the event will bring the BNA’s unique pool of talent to potential employers and organisations, helping talent acquirer’s identify and connect with up to 80 talented, logical thinkers who are trained in neuroscience and ready to pursue pathways in neuroscience research and beyond.

We know that our early career and student members are keen to know more about careers, and to have opportunities to network with people in academia, industry and beyond, the ‘BNA Neuroscience Careers and Talent Recruitment Fair’ is thus designed to meet our members' needs and to provide a unique pool of talent for potential employers.

Delegates will have the opportunity to book meetings with representatives of up to 10 organisations from across the breadth of the sector, and exchange knowledge on CV's, interview techniques, and more. The representatives will receive the delegates CV ahead of time.

Outline of the day

There are two repeat sessions taking place across the day:

  • GROUP A: 9.30am - 12:50pm
  • GROUP B: 1:30pm - 4:50pm

The programme is as follows for each session:

Time                  Activity
9:30 - 9:50         Registration (20 mins)
09:50 - 10.00     Welcome (10 mins) Tom Otis/ Laura Ajram
10:00 - 11:00     Meetings (GROUP A - SESSION 1) and visiting stands (60 minutes)
11:00 - 11:15     Irina Jurenka – My Career Journey, Senior Staff Research Scientist at Google DeepMind 
11:15 - 11:40     Networking break and refreshments (25 minutes)
11:40 - 12:40     Meetings (GROUP A - SESSION 2) and visiting stands (60 minutes)
12:40                 Close of event (10 minutes) Tom Otis/ Laura Ajram

GROUP B         
Time                   Activity
1:30 - 1:50          Registration (20 mins)
1:50 - 2.00          Welcome (10 minutes) Tom Otis/ Laura Ajram
2:00 - 3:00          Meetings (GROUP B - SESSION 1) and visiting stands (60 minutes)
3:00 - 3:15          Colby Benari, My Career Journey, CEO, In2scienceUK
3:15 - 3:40          Networking break and refreshments (25 minutes)
3:40 - 4:40          Meetings (GROUP B - SESSION 2) and visiting stands (60 minutes)
4.40                    Close of event (10 minutes) Tom Otis/ Laura Ajram


Information for candidates

In order to attend, individuals will need to meet eligibility criteria:

  • Should be a current undergraduate, postgraduate, career starter or early career researcher member of the BNA. You can join the BNA here.
  • Must have key skills including Excel, Word, and teamwork

Please note:

  • Registration is free, please use the link at the bottom of this page to register
  • You must be able to attend either session (10am - 1pm, and 2pm - 5pm). 
  • You will be allocated to a session in after your meeting registration is approved. Priority for the afternoon session will be given to those travelling in to London from elswhere. 
  • Delegates must upload a CV, short biography and image, during the registration process.
  • CVs and contacts details will be stored securely and shared only with attending companies/organisations*. 
  • A condition of attending is sharing your contact details with the attending companies/organisations. 

*CVs will be shared with confirmed recruiters ahead of, and after the event, for a period of 6 months.Photos and biographies will be displayed on the event platform. Delegates will be asked to complete a short disclaimer form to this effect.


Information for recruiters

  • There is capacity for a maximum of 10 organisations represented from across the sector.
  • The BNA will share candidate CVs ahead of the meeting, and provide a list of attendees and contact information after the event.
  • The BNA has over 1,500 undergraduate, postgraduate and early career researchers in its membership, all of whom have a rigorous grounding in scientific enquiry and logical thinking.
  • Those who are more advanced (post-graduate and above) are self-directed learners, with skills across a range of specialist techniques, and experienced in time and project management.
  • Attending companies/organisations must meet expectations such as a committment to equity, diversity and inclusion in the workplace
  • Attending companies/organisations must commit to having two people attend the whole event, with one person available for drop-in conversations and the other for pre-booked 1-on1 meetings

Download a copy of the prospectus


Attending Organisations

We are delighted to be joined by the following organisations, with whom the candidates will have the opportuntity to book 1:1 meetings, as well as have the chance to attend an open networking session. Candidates will be encouraged to maximise their meeting time by preparing a set of questions. More organisations will be joining us for this event and will be confirmed shortly.

The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry is the trade association for over 120 companies in the UK producing prescription medicines for humans, founded in 1891.


The British Neuroscience AssociationBNA

The British Neuroscience Association (BNA) is the largest UK organisation connecting, representing and promoting neuroscience and neuroscientists across the globe.

The BNA is committed to creating a supportive and inclusive neuroscience community, making connections between academia, industry, the clinic and wider society, and moving world-class neuroscience research up the agenda.

Drug Science logoDrug Science
Drug Science works to provide an evidence base free from political or commercial influence, creating the foundation for sensible and effective drug laws, and equipping the public, media and policy makers with the knowledge and resources to enact positive change.

 Miltenyi Biotec logoMiltenyi Biotec
Founded in 1989, global biotechnology company Miltenyi Biotec offers research- and clinical-grade products for sample preparation, cell separation, flow cytometry, and cell culture applications.

Parkinson's UK logoParkinson's UK
Parkinson's UK is the largest charity funder of research into Parkinson's in the UK. It funds research aimed at finding better treatments and improving the understanding of Parkinson's and its causes. It raises money through donations, legacies, community fundraising, events and corporate partnerships.

Sainsbury Wellcome Centre logoSainsbury Wellcome Centre
The Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour brings together experimental and theoretical neuroscientists in the heart of London. SWC's research focuses on how information travels through biological matter, drilling down into the networks in the brain, computations in neural circuits and individual neurons.


Taylorollinson Ltd is an independent, specialist recruitment organisation with offices on Manchester Science Park and Milton Park, Oxfordshire. We have a strong reputation and a career spent working-in and recruiting for the scientific sector across laboratory, technical, sales and marketing positions. Taylorollinson have the expertise to guide job seekers and employers alike through the recruitment process.

University of Glasgow - School of Psychology & Neuroscience
The School of Psychology & Neuroscience spans research centres including the Centre for Neuroscience, Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging (CCNi) and the Centre for Methods and MetaScience (M&Ms). As well as undergraduate degree programmes, the school offers a range of postgraduate taught degrees, and postgraduate research opportunities

UK Dementia Research Institute (UK DRI)

The UK Dementia Research Institute breaks new ground by bringing together world-leading expertise in biomedical, care and translational dementia research in a national institute. It carries out research relevant to all dementias, including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, frontotemporal dementia, vascular dementia, Huntington’s disease and beyond. The UK DRI accelerates discoveries to prevent, treat and care for people with all types of dementia, and it will help us understand ways to keep the brain healthy. 


Voight-Kampff is improving the relationship between brains and their tools. In collaboration with neuroscientists, artists, and technologists, Voight-Kampff is developing a new technology for displaying digital information inspired by how our brains' undertsand and interact with the world. We are also developing new training courses to explain this technology to the brains that will use it.


Venue information

This event will take place at the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre, 25 Howland Street, London, W1T 4JG. The closest tube stations are Warren Street (Victoria Line) and Goodge Street (Northern Line).

See a map and further information of the venue

“At SWC, we are committed to creating future leaders in neuroscience. It is vital that we improve training and transitions between academia and industry to help us build a better research culture and achieve our scientific goals. That’s why we are delighted to be partnering with BNA on this careers and talent recruitment fair, the latest event in our Building Bridges Between: Industry & Academia (BBB) initiative.”

April Cashin-Garbutt, Head of Research Communications and Engagement at the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre



Tea and coffee will be provided during the breaks for the morning and afternoon sessions.


Safer Spaces Policy for BNA events

All participants at BNA events, including online events, are required to read and follow the BNA's Safer Spaces Policy (click to read in full).


Filming and photography 

Filming and photography will take place during the event. Please email if you have any concerns.



This meeting is FREE to attend, but limited to BNA members only. To join the BNA, please click here: Membership of the British Neuroscience Association | The British Neuroscience Association (


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