Local groups

For the BNA to properly represent national neuroscience, we have established a network of BNA Local Groups at universities and institutes engaged in neuroscience research across the UK.

Local groups

The Local Group network, which covers the UK (see map), acts as a two-way conduit for information between members and the BNA Council and Committee.

All Local Groups exist under coordinated autonomy and are headed by a Local Group Representative (LGR) and Local Group Student Representatives (LGSRs), who represent the interests of the Local Group's members and in turn report to the BNA LGR Co-ordinator. Since the LGR Co-ordinator is a permanent member of the BNA Council, the needs, wants, and priorities of all members are always represented at the highest level of the organisation; and information from and decisions made at Council meetings are immediately disseminated to the members. As units of BNA member density, Local Groups can also carry out democratically decided-upon campaigns on issues affecting neuroscience and neuroscientists within their institution(s), or carry out local activity as part of national BNA policy campaigning.

LGRs provide a point of contact for members of a Local Group to access a number of member benefits within the BNA. For example, any applications for Local Group funding are made through the LGRs.

To join your Local Group and ensure that you're receiving the relevant communications as a member, you must actively opt-in to your appropriate Local Group in the "My Locker" part of the BNA website – being a part of an institution which has a Local Group will not automatically include you in Local Group activities and communications, so please do check and amend your settings.

To find out more about the BNA Local Group Representative network, applying for LG funding, nominating a neuroscientist for a BNA Award, and advertising your neuroscience news to the BNA community, contact your Local Group Representative. All LGRs' contact details and links to relevant websites can be found below.

If your Institution is not currently represented by a BNA Local Group and you would like to set one up, then please contact the BNA LGR Co-ordinator, Dr Volko Straub, at vs64@leicester.ac.uk.

BNA Local Groups

 Local Group  Contact Name Contact Email
 Aberdeen Gernot Riedel g.riedel@abdn.ac.uk
 Aston Currently vacant Email office@bna.org.uk for details
 Bangor Paul Downing & Charlie Wiltshire p.downing@bangor.ac.uk / c.wiltshire@bangor.ac.uk
 Bath Vasanta Subramanian bssvss@bath.ac.uk
 Birkbeck Currently vacant Email office@bna.org.uk for details
 Birmingham Daniel Fulton & Hannah Botfield D.Fulton@bham.ac.uk / H.Botfield@bham.ac.uk
 Bristol Paul Anastasiades paul.anastasiades@bristol.ac.uk
 Brunel Annie Chan annie.chan@brunel.ac.uk
 Cambridge Dervila Glynn dg248@cam.ac.uk
 Cardiff Sarah Carpanini CarpaniniS@cardiff.ac.uk
 De Montfort University Benjamin Gronier BGronier@dmu.ac.uk
 Dublin/Ireland Derek Costello derek.costello@ucd.ie
 Dundee Currently vacant Email office@bna.org.uk for details
 Durham Paul L Chazot paul.chazot@durham.ac.uk
 Edinburgh Marja Main edinburgh.neuroscience@ed.ac.uk
 Exeter/Plymouth Talitha Kerrigan & Tom Ridler T.L.Kerrigan@exeter.ac.uk / t.ridler@exeter.ac.uk
 Glasgow Leanne C. McKay leanne.mckay@glasgow.ac.uk
 Imperial College London Sheila Mashate & Andriy Kozlov sheila.mashate@nhs.net / a.kozlov@imperial.ac.uk
 KCL/IoPPN Ellie Dommett & Vincent Giampietro eleanor.dommett@kcl.ac.uk / vincent.giampietro@kcl.ac.uk
 Keele Chris Adams c.adams@keele.ac.uk
 Leeds James Poulter J.A.Poulter@leeds.ac.uk
 Leicester Volko Straub vs64@le.ac.uk
 Liverpool Susannah Walker s.c.walker@ljmu.ac.uk
 Manchester John Gigg j.gigg@manchester.ac.uk
 Newcastle Currently vacant Email office@bna.org.uk for details
 Northern Ireland Elaine Murray e.murray@ulster.ac.uk
 Nottingham Carl Stevenson Carl.Stevenson@nottingham.ac.uk
 Open University/Cranfield Duncan Banks duncan.banks@open.ac.uk
 Oxford Nick Irving nicholas.irving@ndcn.ox.ac.uk
 Queen Mary University of London Joanna Riddoch-Contreras  j.riddoch-contreras@qmul.ac.uk
 Reading Angela Bithell a.bithell@reading.ac.uk
 Royal Holloway, University of London Carl Hodgetts & Adnan Levent carl.hodgetts@rhul.ac.uk / adnan.levent@rhul.ac.uk
 Sheffield Chris Martin c.martin@sheffield.ac.uk
 Southampton Katrin Deinhardt k.deinhardt@soton.ac.uk
 St. Andrews Maarten Zwart mfz@st-andrews.ac.uk
 St George's, University of London Jordan Jeffreys jordanjeffreys1999@hotmail.co.uk
 Strathclyde Trevor Bushell trevor.bushell@strath.ac.uk
 Sussex Sarah King & Ruth Staras s.l.king@sussex.ac.uk / r.staras@sussex.ac.uk
 Swansea Lewis Hotchkiss lewis.hotchkiss@chi.swan.ac.uk
 Teesside Kamar Ameen-Ali k.ameen-ali@tees.ac.uk
 UCL Alice Adriaenssens & Stephanie Koch a.adriaenssens@ucl.ac.uks.koch@ucl.ac.uk
 UCLan Vassilios Beglopoulos VBeglopoulos@uclan.ac.uk
 Warwick Amol Bhandare a.bhandare@warwick.ac.uk
 Westminster Joan Liu J.liu@westminister.ac.uk