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5 ways early career researchers can get involved with BSN and further their careers

5 ways early career researchers can get involved with BSN and further their careers

At the British Society for Neuroendocrinology we value our early career researchers (ECRs). If you are an ECR, we seek to support you as much as possible, especially during this difficult time.

1. Find a mentor through the BSN mentorship scheme

The British Society for Neuroendocrinology (BSN) mentorship scheme aims to provide an informal way for neuroendocrine researchers to find mentors in the field. We are delighted to have a team of mentors who are also BSN members willing share their expertise and experience in the field of neuroendocrinology with mentees. Mentors and mentees can discuss anything related to their work - from career progression to navigating tricky work environments.

2. Host or speak on a BSN ECR summer webinar

The BSN summer webinar series run by and for early career researchers. This series began in 2020 in response to the global lockdowns imposed to curb the COVID-19 pandemic to allow ECRs to stay up to date with developments in neuroendocrinology and network with other researchers. Summer 2021 will see us organise three webinars hosted by a different group of ECRs from around the globe. Check your emails for a recent request for hosts if you’d like to get involved in the 2021 summer webinar series. Get in touch with ecrhub@neuroendo.org.uk if you are unable to find the email. We will soon be looking for speakers – keep an eye on your inboxes.

3. Apply for one of our grants

We have two grants currently open that are particularly relevant to early career researchers: COVID-19 support grant scheme - helping to safeguard the future of neuroendocrine research by supporting neuroendocrine research affected by the COVID-19 pandemic Project Support Grant - up to £7000 for consumables/other research costs to enable postdoctoral scientists or students to carry out the best possible neuroendocrine research project.

4. Write a Journal of Neuroendocrinology Early Career Perspective

Journal of Neuroendocrinology regularly publishes Early Career Perspectives written by early career researchers who are about to set up their own research laboratory. Read more about how to submit an article to Journal of Neuroendocrinology: https://www.neuroendo.org.uk/journal.php

5. Write a Neuroendocrine Briefings

Our Neuroendocrine Briefings series is intended as a resource to be freely used for teaching and public communication of neuroendocrinology. We are always looking for new contributors - BSN members get a £200 honorarium for writing a Neuroendocrine Briefing. Get in touch if you would like to write a Neuroendocrine Briefing via theteam@neuroendo.org.uk.