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Clinical Academics in Training Annual Conference 2024

09.00, Wednesday 17 April 2024

Riddell Hall, Queens University Belfast, Belfast

185 Stranmillis Road

Our next Clinical Academics in Training Annual Conference (CATAC) 2024 will take place at Riddel Hall, Queen's University Belfast on Wednesday 17 April 2024.

The event has now reached maximum capacity. To be added to the waitling list, or if you have any queries please email

CATAC is a unique cross-specialty event designed to bring together clinical academics from a range of backgrounds. The event provides clinical researchers an opportunity to present their research to their peers and to provide an excellent networking platform. It is a cross-specialty conference open to all aspiring clinical academics currently working in the UK and in the Republic of Ireland.

The conference is open to clinical academics and researchers of all career stages from all professional backgrounds including medicine, nursing, midwifery, dentistry, and other professions.

What to expect

  • A free-to-attend event hosted by Professor Julie-Anne Little and Professor Danny McAuley FMedSci.
  • A keynote speech delivered by Dr Lola Solebo.
  • A chance for researchers to share their work and raise their profile during oral and poster competitions.
  • Networking opportunities with your peers and senior academics.
  • A choice between two interactive parallel sessions to develop skills relevant to clinical academics of all career stages: 
    • Communicating your research effectively to non-academic audiences is very important when engaging the public, engaging with TV or radio, or pitching research for funders. A workshop led by communication experts Bespoke Communications will provide tools and techniques to engage better with your audiences. This includes harnessing the power of storytelling to make your research accessible and relatable, mastering key structures to keep your presentation on track, and techniques to manage performance anxiety.
    • Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) is fundamental in ensuring that clinical research is relevant and impactful for patients and service users. An interactive session led by the Academy’s Engagement team in collaboration with patient advocate Debbie Keatley and PPI professional Dr Maelíosa McCrudden, exploring how to meaningfully involve public and patient voices throughout the research cycle.




Event Segment


09:00 Registration and poster set up Lower Glass Corridor & Green Wall 
09:25 Welcome
Professor Danny McAuley FMedSci  & Professor Sir Ian Greer FMedSci
Conference Room 1
09:35 Post-doctoral plenary competition Conference Room 1
10:50 Refreshments & networking Lower Glass Corridor & Green Wall
11:20 Pre-doctoral plenary competition  Conference Room 1
12:00 Lunch Isdell Courtyard
12:45 Poster competition Isdell Courtyard
13:45 Parallel sessions
Please attend one session of your choice
Lecture Rooms 1&3
15:15 Refreshments & networking Lower Glass Corridor & Green Wall 
15:45 Prize giving
Professor J Stuart Elborn CBE MD FRCP (L) FERS FMedSci  & Professor Carol Curran 
Conference Room 1
16:00 Keynote
Dr Lola Solebo
Conference Room 1
16:45 Closing remarks
Professor Julie-Anne Little 
Conference Room 1
16:50 Networking reception Lower Glass Corridor & Green Wall  
18:00 Event ends  


We've now reached maximum capacity for the event. For any queries regarding our CATAC 2024 event, please email us at:


We will aim to meet any accessibility and dietary requirements, so please do let us know about these in the registration form or through email.  The conference venue is accessible with ramps and lifts for anyone with a mobility impairment, and parking is available outside the venue. Unfortunately, you cannot book spaces in advance. 

We want to make CATAC a safe environment for discussion, and we encourage you to let us know if you need any additional support on the day. We have a safeguarding policy in place. If you have any concerns on the day, please flag this to a member of Academy staff. 

This event is generously supported by Wellcome.

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