Bright Brains

The ‘Bright Brains’ newsletter is composed and edited by students, postdocs and early career members of the BNA.

Bright Brains

Bright Brains appears in print within the BNA Bulletin three times a year.

All BNA members can 

Bright Brains is designed to help students and career professionals network and connect across the UK. It is packed with resources such as links to funding and bursary opportunities, meeting reports, student offers and discounts and other pieces of information that will be of use to you!

Below you will find contributors' snippets of how they have benefitted from being part of Bright Brains and in what way active participation has made a difference to their science communication and education experience.

If you’re interested in contributing to Bright Brains online or in print, please email founding editor-in-chief Jayanthiny Kangatharan (


"Editing the work of others is possibly more valuable to my development as a science communicator than my own writing. Having to hone in on the value of each word, the necessity and clarity of each sentence, gives me greater confidence when writing myself. If you read enough first draft articles, you know exactly what to avoid doing!"


"Making a good crossword takes a lot of skill (and time). I'll never underestimate them again."


“Contributing to Bright Brains allowed me to enhance my editing skills and gain experience in science communication. I have volunteered my time as both a sub-editor and section editor, however section editing in particular was a great experience as it required me to source and work with two reliable sub-editors and collate our edits and work within time limits together as a team. It is fabulous to see so many young students submitting such diverse and interesting articles and I really enjoy being part of the process. I think that it is important to encourage people to write about the things that they love, especially within science as it is not always as actively encouraged as it should be. I would encourage anyone with an interest in science communication to think about contributing to Bright Brains - it is a brilliant way to get some experience outside of university and it definitely put me in a strong position when applying for postgraduate jobs.”


“Contributing as an editor for the Bright Brains newsletter has provided me with exposure to articles of numerous subdivisions of Neuroscience beyond my field of doctoral research. This has ultimately refined my scientific communication skills by allowing me to consider a holistic approach when producing an article, irrespective of the topic, by ensuring good structure, flow and key messages are clearly implemented throughout the text. I have also enjoyed being updated on new and upcoming trends, leading to stimulation of many thought-provoking discussions amongst my peers, alongside reviving the importance of both inter- and multidisciplinary perspectives during the process of conducting scientific research.”