Breaking down the ivory tower: Bethan Burnside

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With this webinar series, the ALBA Disability & Accessibility Working Group aims to bring down the ivory tower of ableism among the brain research community, one extraordinary neuroscientist at a time. These webinars give a platform to scientists with disabilities across the globe and neuroscience disciplines, while reflecting on how to promote inclusive working environments and accessibility to research.

For this 5th Episode, Bethan Burnside (any/all) will share an honest look at their experience as a neurodivergent person working in a scientific environment.

Unmasking the Neurodivergent Experience in Neuroscience

At the start of their budding neuroscience career, Bethan received a surprise Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) diagnosis. In this webinar, Bethan will share an honest look at their experience as a neurodivergent person working in a scientific environment: navigating barriers to inclusion and success, harnessing their perspective to inform their science communication practice, and fostering a sense of neuroqueer pride.  

Bethan is a Science Communicator at the VIB-KU Leuven Center for Brain & Disease Research (Belgium), and an organizing member of the center’s Inclusion & Diversity Committee. They also founded and managed NeuroArt, a project which paired neurodivergent artists with neuroscientists to bridge the gap between living experience and academic research, culminating in an exhibition at Science Gallery London earlier this year. Bethan identifies as queer and neurodivergent, which they actively explore and advocate for in their work. They have an MSc Neuroscience from King’s College London, and a BSc Psychology from the University of Greenwich.

Bethan Burnside

This webinar is organised in partnership with the VIB-KU Leuven Center for Brain & Disease Research and the center’s Inclusion & Diversity Committee.

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