Mentoring Circle² at BNA 2023

BNA Festival of Neuroscience 2023 - Brighton, UK

BNA - British Neuroscience Association

The Brighton Centre, Brighton, East Sussex, United Kingdom

Times are GMT.


Co-producing solutions in research culture and careers

A collaboration between the ALBA Network and the British Neuroscience Association Scholars Programme, this special session will use several ‘mentoring circles’ to co-develop solutions to the issues that affect us all in careers, research culture, and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in neuroscience. Groups will be guided by leading researchers and mentors from across neuroscience, and discussion topics will be based on real-life barriers identified by the BNA’s Scholars.

This event is targeted at researchers at all career stages from graduate school to senior positions in neuroscience and related fields.

The session will include a brief introduction followed by topic-focused mentoring circle tables. Each table will be facilitated by a mentor and participants will have be able to join various tables depending on their interests. The session will conclude with some “take home” messages.


  1. Career paths: How to shift from academia to another sector (Industry, publication, medical writing etc.), and how to shift back again
  2. Work-life balance 1: Managing the twin commitments of an academic job and family / caring responsibilities
  3. Work-life balance 2: How to maintain a good work-life balance
  4. Self-advocacy: How to approach creating your own opportunities, networking, and reaching out to people
  5. Job security: How to deal with the job insecurity/short-term contracts that you're faced with at the beginning of an academic career
  6. Definition of excellence: How to manage the pressure to publish and the fact that science seems to value positive results more than careful and good science
  7. Mobility: How to wrestle with the assumed need to move around a lot (often even to different countries) during your early career, if you can't or don't want to be constantly moving
  8. Unconscious bias: How to reduce unconscious bias in the workplace


This event is part of the British Neuroscience Association Festival of Neuroscience 2023 (23-26 April 2023 - Brighton, UK). In order to access the event, you should be a BNA registered participant. More information on registration here:

This event is organised in partnership with the British Neuroscience Association.