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Brain and Mind Centre Symposium 2021

Lost in Translation?
How do we harness the power of scientific enquiry to lead research from the lab to the living room and beyond - to real-world health outcomes for individuals, families and communities?

Welcome to the highlight of the Brain and Mind Centre's academic year! Registrations are now open for the Brain and Mind Centre's 2021 Symposium.

This year's symposium will again be held virtually, over two half-day sessions. This year's theme invites presenters to discuss their work in the context of translation: how will researchers lead the brain and mind sciences through the translational pathway; from the lab to the living room, and beyond, into policy and through to healthier communities.

What does translational, people-centred research look like in a COVID world? What drives your field forward and what will constitute the major hurdles and significant wins?

  • With guest addresses by The Hon. Julia Gillard, AC, Chair of Beyond Blue and Professor Mark Scott, AO University of Sydney Vice Chancellor and Principal
  • Guest keynote presentation by Professor Sarosh Irani, the University of Oxford Autoimunology Group
  • Brain and Mind Centre keynote sessions with Professors Yun-Hee Jeon, Iona Novak and Jakelin Troy
  • Keynote sessions, EMCR and ECR speaker sessions representing multidisciplinary work through the translational pathway
  • Breakout session for poster presentations
  • Panel discussion with researchers to discuss the challenges and opportunities of translation, from basic science through to public engagement.

Thursday 4 November, 9.15am to 1pm

Friday 5 November, 1:30 to 5pm

Click here to register. You will receive an invitation with a calendar invitation. Simply click 'open' then 'save' to download the link into your email calendars and you will be able to join any of the sessions using the same link.

If you have any technical queries please click here to contact the organisers

Call for posters

Thank you for your interest and submissions. We received a record number of entries this year. The top 15 have been selected to present at the symposium and all posters submitted will be available on the button to the right following the announcement of winners on Thursday, 4th November. 

Download the 2021 poster booklet here

Prizes will be given for the best posters in the following categories: 

  • Honours
  • HDR 
  • Early-career (<10 years post-PhD, <academic level C).


Please ensure posters meet the following guidelines:

  • Posters welcomed in area of research across the brain and mind sciences
  • Posters should be a single 16:9 landscape PDF or PowerPoint slide
  • Include authors, introduction, methods, results, discussion, conclusion and references
  • As posters will be uploaded online, ensure any hyperlinks work correctly
  • Posters should be submitted as a pdf or powerpoint slide via email to the Symposium Organising Committee, with the subject line: "BMC Symposium Poster 'Author Name', please identify which category you are submitting to, Honours, HDR or Early Career.

Posters will be judged according to:

  • Clarity of aims and objectives
  • Adequacy of methods and data analysis
  • Appropriate interpretation of findings
  • Originality and potential impact of research
  • Visual impact and flow of content
  • Referencing

Deadline to be eligible for a prize: Friday 8th October 2021
For more information contact the Symposium Organising Committee.

With thanks to the academic organising committee: Prof. Leanne Togher, A/prof Fiona Kumfor, Dr Anand Gururajan, Dr Sudarshini Ramanathan

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