CATAC - the Clinical Academics in Training Annual Conference - is a unique cross specialty event designed to bring clinical academic trainees together to present their work, meet one another and network with senior researchers. What was previously the Spring Meeting, CATAC is the result of the evolution of the prestigious meeting following an independent evaluation, and will be held at the Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh on 8 November 2018.
“As the Academy of Medical Sciences’ Regional Champion for Scotland, I’d like to encourage Early Career Researchers to attend the Clinical Academics in Training Annual Conference to present your work. It’s a great opportunity to network with your colleagues across the UK, to meet Academy Fellows and talk about your research. I’d also like to encourage Fellows of the Academy to come, to support our junior colleagues and to learn something new! Previous Spring Meetings have had excellent feedback: this is the first time it is being held in Scotland, and I am sure there will be a good turnout.”
Professor Jane Norman FMedSci, Professor of Maternal and Fetal Health, Director of the Tommy's Centre for Maternal and Fetal Health, Vice Principal, People and Culture, University of Edinburgh.
Are you a clinical academic trainee looking for a chance to present your research, perhaps for the first time?
CATAC 2018 is a great opportunity for you to:
- Develop your presentation skills.
- Meet with your peers and senior academics to build networks.
- Raise your profile within the clinical academic community.
- Meet Academy Fellows.
The opportunity for networking is extraordinary! I love that the Academy Fellows who attend are the ones who are really interested in the next generation. I had some very inspiring conversations. In general it felt a step change better than last year – very, very impressed by the organisation and speakers. Spring Meeting attendee.
There are three competitions for early career researchers who hold a medical, dental or veterinary undergraduate degree:
- A poster competition for all clinical academics.
This competition is for all researchers with clinical qualifications, if selected you will be asked to prepare a poster to present at the conference. The posters will be grouped by broad research categories and there will be a 1 hour session at the conference for two judges, the competitors in that category and other attendees to visit each poster together. You will have 2 minutes to present your poster to the group and 1 minute to answer questions. The judges will score each poster in the group and there will be 1 winner, who will get £1000, and 1 runner up, who will get £250, from each group.
- A Pre-Doctoral Plenary Competition.
This competition is for researchers with clinical qualifications who have not yet passed a PhD viva (at the abstract submission closing date, 16 July 2018). If selected you will be asked to prepare a 5 minute oral presentation, to be followed by 2 minutes of questions from the audience. A panel of judges will score the presentations and there will be 1 winner, who will get £1500, and 1 runner up, who will get £500.
- A Post-Doctoral Plenary Competition.
This competition is for researchers with clinical qualifications who have passed their PhD viva (at the abstract submission closing date, 16 July 2018). If selected you will be asked to prepare a 10 minute oral presentation, to be followed by 5 minutes of questions from the audience. A panel of judges will score the presentations and there will be 1 winner, who will get £2500, and 1 runner up, who will get £750.
Abstract submission will be open from 12pm on Monday 4th June 2018 - 12pm on Monday 16th July 2018. Guidelines are available here.
Our keynote speakers will be Dr Katherine Sleeman, NIHR Clinician Scientist and Honorary Consultant in palliative medicine, King's College London, speaking about her 'Adventures in academia: from womb to tomb'
Professor Ed Bullmore, Professor of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge, author of 'The Inflamed Mind: a radical new approach to depression'
The full programme will be released shortly.
CATAC will be held on Thursday 8th November 2018 from 9am-5.30pm, followed by a drinks reception.
Following feedback from attendees that they would appreciate the event rotating between London and other venues in the UK - we have taken the decision to move away from London, with Edinburgh being our first choice, in an effort to attract an even broader range of delegates from wider sections of the UK. CATAC will pick up where the Spring Meeting left off by continuing to occupy a clear niche, attract a broad range of research disciplines and, importantly, offer support to early career academics through networking and career development opportunities.
“We are delighted to be hosting the CATAC 2018 conference here in Edinburgh in November 2018. The event aligns with the strategic research priorities of the College which is committed to undertaking and supporting research through a variety of channels and to developing the researchers of the future. Since 2016 our own research symposium offers medical students and doctors in training an early opportunity to present findings; have early career research published and to build on networks. We look forward to working with the Academy of Medical Sciences and to hosting this prestigious event in Edinburgh on its first rotation from London.”
Professor Derek Bell, President, Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh.
Summaries of our most recent Spring Meetings are available here, which include full lists of winners, videos and podcasts.