Bursaries to attend STEM for Britain 2020 at the Houses of Parliament

11th Nov 2019

The British Neuroscience Association (BNA) is delighted to be offering three 'Credibility in Neuroscience'* travel bursaries, each worth up to £100, to present abstracts accepted by the organisers of STEM for Britain 2020, the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee (P&SC).

Founded in 1939, the P&SC is a major focus for scientific and technological issues, providing a liaison between parliamentarians and scientific bodies, science-based industry and the academic world. Recently, the BNA became a member of the P&SC.

The P&SC are organising the STEM for Britain 2020 poster event which will take place at the Houses of Parliament on Monday 9th March during British Science Week.

This is a chance for Early Career (MSc students through to recently appointed lecturers) scientists, engineers and mathematicians to showcase their work to members of Parliament and peers. Prizes are awarded to researchers who communicate high-level science to a lay audience.

We are offering three 'Credibility in Neuroscience' travel bursaries to help attend the event.  The BNA has committed to supporting and promoting credibility of neuroscience; see www.bnacredibility.org.uk. These bursaries will be awarded to applicants whose abstract/poster demonstrates or highlights initiatives to support credibility in neuroscience (see application form for more details).


STEM for Britain 2020

The closing date for poster submissions is Monday 2nd December.

Please click here for more information about the STEM for Britain 2020 poster event and eligibility criteria.

Applicants for the 'Credibility* in Neuroscience' travel bursaries must have first been accepted by the organisers of STEM for Britain, the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee (PSC).


The BNA 'Credibility in Neuroscience' travel bursary

Deadline for applications for BNA bursaries is midnight Friday 31st January 2020.

To be eligible for a BNA bursary you must be a member of BNA at the time of application. Not yet a member? You can join straight away.

We will inform applicants if they’re successful by Friday 14th February 2020.

For the successful applicants who receive bursaries, we will be asking you to provide a short report, which we will need back by Friday 10th April 2020.

Send to office@bna.org.uk by midnight Friday 31st January 2020.

Please note that BNA bursaries are paid in pound sterling. Any currency conversion costs will be subtracted from the amount awarded.



*What is credibility in neuroscience?

For a whole range of reasons, the reproducibility, replicability, and reliability of biomedical research is under threat. If research is non-replicable, then:

  • · scientific progress is stalled
  • · research cannot be translated into clinical applications
  • · time and money are wasted
  • · the public loses trust in scientific findings
  • · capable and talented early career researchers are disillusioned and leave the field.

Ensuring the credibility of research is to ensure it is reproducible, replicable, and reliable.

The BNA has committed to supporting and promoting credibility of neuroscience; see www.bnacredibility.org.uk.

Read more at:

  • Ioannidis, J. P. A. (2005) Why most published research findings are false. PLoS Med.
  • McCleod et al. (2014) Biomedical research: increasing value, reducing waste. The Lancet
  • Academy of Medical Science Report (2015) Reproducibility and reliability of biomedical research: improving research practice
  • Berg and Seeber (2016) The Slow Professor: Challenging the Culture of Speed in the Academy. University of Toronto Press
  • Guthrie et al. (2017) Understanding mental health in the research environment: A Rapid Evidence Assessment. Munafò, M et al. (2017) A manifesto for reproducible science. Nature Human Behaviour
  • Chambers (2017) The Seven Deadly Sins of Psychology: A Manifesto for Reforming the Culture of Scientific Practice. (See free extract at thepsychologist.bps.org.uk/vaccine-against-bias)
  • Rousselet, G. A. et al. (2019). Promoting and supporting credibility in neuroscience. Brain and Neuroscience Advances.

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