Early Career Researchers_Symposium event

MRC and NIHR Symposium for Early-Career Research Methodologists

  • 23rd September 2014
  • Grand Connaught Rooms | 61-63 Great Queen St | London WC2B 5DA

The MRC and NIHR are offering you the opportunity to attend a free symposium specifically designed for early-career methodologists.  As well as talks on the future of methodology research from leading names in the field, there will also be interactive sessions and opportunities to network with (and seek advice from) your fellow young methodologists and the funders themselves.  Places are strictly limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis, so please register your interest to Research.Methods@nihrtcc.org.uk. before 1st August 2014.

Confirmed Presentations and Breakout Discussions

Professor Allan Gaw NIHR-CRN, University of Leeds “Communicating research to a non-scientific audience”

  • Professor Peter Brocklehurst University College London “Links between the NIHR and MRC for methodological research”
  • Dr Richard Emsley The University of Manchester “Stratified medicine”
  • Dr Daniela De Angelis MRC Biostatistics Unit, Cambridge “Mathematical modelling of infectious diseases”
  • Dr Ian White MRC Biostatistics Unit, Cambridge “Messy data: missing data, non-compliance and design aspects of trials”
  • Dr David Crosby MRC Head Office “Tips for writing grant applications”

Going Up!‘Elevator Pitch’ Competition


It is increasingly important to be able to quickly and simply convey the ‘what and why’ of your science. Whether this is in the context of public engagement, social occasions with other scientists at meetings and conferences, with other academics within your institution, or to funding agencies and stakeholders. Often it is not possible to talk for long about what you do and the ability to express not only what you do, but the reason for and practical implications of your science in a short space of time is a valuable skill. To this end we have devised a session of competitive short pitches, with an emphasis on being able to explain what the impacts are of the methods you are developing.


Ten speakers will be selected based on a pre-submitted 250 word abstract. Each speaker will be given a strictly adhered to 4 minutes in which to deliver their pitch. The other symposium delegates will be given a scoring card and asked to evaluate each talk.


Prizes of £100, £75 and £50 Amazon vouchers will be given for the three top ranked talks.

Places Limited to 100! Contact Research.Methods@nihrtcc.org.uk with any queries

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