2024 SRUK/CERU Brain Awareness Week

Friday, Mar 15, 2024 · Wills Memorial Building, Queens Rd, BS8 1RJ, Bristol

Join us for this event

Join us on Friday 15/03/2024 at 17:30, for the 2024 SRUK/CERU Brain Awareness Week event

The Neuroscience Committee from the Society of Spanish Researchers in the United Kingdom (SRUK/CERU), with the support of the Cerebellum and Emotional Networks project funded by the European Union, is bringing for the first time the Brain Awareness Week (BAW) to Bristol on the 15th and 16th of March 2024.

We have organised a two-day event for everyone interested as we wanted to be part of this worldwide initiative dedicated to exploring the wonders of the brain. Our theme?

“Feeding Connections: Bringing the Brain of Tomorrow” 

What to expect? During Day 1, Neuroscience in the Pub, our speakers will talk about the secrets of our emotional brain and the importance of neurodiversity, then, we will enjoy a music session while we understand the benefits of music therapy. On Day 2, Neuroscience Symposium for All, our selected speakers will bring the main challenges in Neuroscience inspiring us to find solutions and raise awareness.   

Why should you come? Well, understanding the brain is crucial. It impacts human health, tech, ethics, and our whole knowledge of the mind. We’re not just talking about brainy stuff; we’re making real strides in neurodegenerative diseases, ageing and neurodevelopment.

The event will be free for everyone interested. Register as soon as possible as there is limited availability. Lunch and refreshments will be provided during the Neuroscience Symposium for All (Day 2).

There are a limited number of microgrants available to partly cover the transport expenses of SRUK/CERU members attending the event from outside Bristol. Apply for yours through the members zone as soon as possible as they will be assigned on a first come first served basis

These microgrants will cover part of your travel expenses up to a maximum of £50. The percentage covered will be as follows:

Cost of travel (£)0-3030-5050-75Over 75
Percentage of cost covered50%60%65%£50 max

For example, if your open return train ticket costs £40, SRUK/CERU will cover 60% of the price, and thus will reimburse you £24. 

To request it and for more details click below

We are looking forward to seeing you in Bristol!!


Please be aware that the session themes and programme are both subject to change as detailed planning continues.

Day 1 – FridayNeuroscience in the pub (The Robin Hood Pub, 56 St Michael’s Hill, BS2 8DX)
17.30 – 17.40Welcome
17.40 – 18.00
Emotional Brain Talks
Jingjing Ye, University of Edinburgh
18.00 – 18.20Neurodiversity Talk
Vassiliemma Spatharioti, University of Bristol
18.20 – 18.45Music Therapy Talk
Vicky Guise, The use of music to support rehabilitation after stroke
18.45Music Session
Day 2 – SaturdayNeuroscience Symposium For All (Wills Memorial Building, Queens Rd, BS8 1RJ)
10:00 – 10:30Registration
10.30 – 10.45
Institutional Welcome
Irene Echeverria Altuna, President of SRUK/CERU
Dr Ana Luisa Gil Martinez, Chair of SRUK/CERU Neuroscience Committee
10.4511.15Challenge 1: How synapses are formed during development, and what if something goes wrong.
Prof Beatriz Rico, King’s College London
11.1511.45Challenge 2: Listening and learning: the value of the patient voice in the development of advanced therapies for neurodegenerative disease.
Dr Emma Lane, UCB Pharma
11.45 – 12.15Coffee Break (Networking)
12.15 – 12.45Challenge 3: Exposing the biological basis of schizophrenia: Diagnosis, treatment and stigma in the light of genomics.
Dr Antonio Pardinas, Cardiff University
12.45 – 13.15Challenge 4: Linking across scales of neuroscience: From neurotransmitter receptors to brain-wide activity during cognition. 
Dr Seán Froudist-Walsh, University of Bristol
13.15 – 14.15Lunch and Coffee Break (Networking)
14.15 – 14.45Challenge 5: The South West Dementia Brain Bank: an invaluable research resource
Dr Laura Palmer, University of Bristol
14.45 – 15.30Challenges Debate Round Table
15.30 – 16.00Closing Remarks

For any inquiries, please feel free to contact the organising committee at [email protected].

Join us for this event

Join us on Friday 15/03/2024 at 17:30, for the 2024 SRUK/CERU Brain Awareness Week event