BNA BURSARIES TO ATTEND Oxbridge Brainhack 2019

31st Oct 2019

The British Neuroscience Association (BNA) will award up to £500 'Credibility in Neuroscience' travel bursaries to attend Oxbridge Brainhack 2019 (14th-16th November 2019).

Brainhack is a researcher-run collaborative workshop that brings together researchers from a variety of different disciplines to celebrate interdisciplinary, collaborative and open science.

An important part of our credibility in neuroscience work is encouraging as many neuroscientists as possible to embrace open and collaborative science. Hence, we are offering 'Credibility in Neuroscience' travel bursaries to those from outside Oxbridge to ensure neuroscientists far and wide can attend the Oxbridge Brainhack 2019.


Oxbridge Brainhack 2019

14-16 November 2019 – MakeSpace Cambridge and Gates Scholars Common Room, Cambridge, UK

The Oxbridge Brainhack 2019 is an official satellite event of the International Global Brainhack 2019, jointly organised by researchers from the University of Cambridge and University of Oxford. The Brainhack uses elements of Hackathons, Unconferences, and educational activities, to support interdisciplinary teams of researchers as they use computational techniques to solve problems in neuroscience.

More information on Oxbridge Brainhack 2019 can be found here:

Applicants for the 'Credibility in Neuroscience' travel bursaries must have first been accepted by the organisers of Oxbridge Brainhack 2019.


The BNA 'Credibility in Neuroscience' travel bursary

Deadline for applications for BNA bursaries = midnight Thursday 7th November 2019.

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 Wednesday 13th November 2019.

For the successful applicants who receive bursaries, we will be asking you to provide a short report, which we will need back by Friday 20th December 2019.


Send to by midnight Thursday 7th November 2019.

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.

?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

Rousselet, G. A. et al. (2019). Promoting and supporting credibility in neuroscience. Brain and Neuroscience Advances.

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