Early Career Researcher Workshop & MND Conference – 3-4 June 2020

Colworth park

*The event has now been postponed until further notice*

Thank you for submitting your application to take part in this event. We had a fantastic response, with far more applications than we anticipated, and were very excited to be hosting this event.

However, because of the risk of coronavirus, and the most up-to-date government advice, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the event 'for now'. Our priority is to limit the risk of COVID-19 transmission, especially to safeguard the health of people affected by MND.

We are, however, exploring different options such as using a ‘virtual classroom’ or rearranging for a new date later. We will be in touch as soon as we have a plan in place. You will not need to submit your application to take part again. Thank you again for your interest in our event.

Are you an Early Career Researcher in MND?

Early career researchers include PhD students and up to 5 years post-docs (career breaks will be considered) who have chosen MND as their area of investigation.

This year sees the launch of the Early Career Researcher Workshop & MND Conference on Wednesday 3 June and Thursday 4 June 2020.
  • A two-day educational event focused on networking and engagement, set in the beautiful surroundings of Colworth Science Park in Bedfordshire.
  • We aim to recognise the important work being carried out by early career researchers investigating MND.
  • This event will provide an important opportunity to engage with people with and affected by MND, build partnerships and an understanding of the research interests of the MND community.


The Exchange, Colworth Science Park, Sharnbrook, Bedford
Colworth exchange


Day 1 - Wednesday 3 June 2020

  • Present your work in a 3-minute thesis style presentation (in lay terms) to your peers
  • Partner with a researcher for feedback on presentation
  • Presentation from a person living with MND
  • Inspiring and educational talks from well-respected members of the MND research and science community. Topics will include: career progression, funding opportunities, promoting your work, building collaboration, public partnership, and new ways to present science to a lay audience
  • Networking BBQ in the evening

Day 2 - Thursday 4 June 2020

  • Present your new and improved 3-minute talk, with improvements learnt from Day 1, to an invited public lay audience
  • Work on MND research questions with people living with and affected by MND in a group activity, culminating in a short performance
  • Further inspiring presentations on MND research and more

*The full programme will be online at the end of March. Attendance at both days is required.

We can provide:

  • Complimentary accommodation
  • Transport between the accommodation and venue


Registration for this prestigious event costs £75 per person and places are limited. Payment is not required at this stage.
You will need to provide a lay title, a brief lay description of your work (maximum 75 words), and brief career history to register your interest. We will be selecting presenters based on the information you send us. Once you have been selected to attend, we will confirm your place and you will be requested to pay the registration fee.

*The submission system has now closed and the vent has been postponed until further notice*

If you require any more information or have any questions, please feel free to email us at research@mndassociation.org.

For further information and support contact our MND Connect helpline

mndconnect 0808 802 6262