Save the date for the Clinical Academics in Training Annual Conference 2020

The Academy’s cross-disciplinary Clinical Academics in Training Annual Conference (CATAC) is coming to Bristol on Wednesday 6 May 2020.

CATAC is designed to promote new collaborations, and provide early career researchers with support to navigate the complex dual career path of research and clinical work.

Following a successful meeting hosted at the Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh in November 2018, we are moving CATAC, formerly called the Spring Meeting for Clinician Scientists in Training, back to spring.

CATAC 2020 will be hosted by Professor John Iredale FRSE FMedSci, Pro Vice-Chancellor at the University of Bristol and Chair of REF 2021 Main Panel A, with Professor Jane Norman FMedSci, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, chairing the competitions.

Professor John Iredale FRSE FMedSci said:

“I am delighted to welcome attendees at CATAC 2020 to Bristol and look forward to hearing about the exciting research being done by early-career academic clinicians across the country. I also encourage Fellows of the Academy to join us and offer your support to the next generation"

This event is free to attend and open to all. It allows early-career clinical academics to present their work to researchers outside their field of interest, hear inspirational talks from Academy Fellows and other researchers on a similar career path, and meet people to provide opportunities for developing new collaborations and support networks.

The conference features two oral competitions and a poster competition for pre- and post-doctoral academics with medical, dental and veterinary degrees, and each competition has prize money for the winner and the runner up.

Attendees at CATAC 2018 told us:

“The poster sessions were very engaging, as were the oral presentations, and the overall standard was very high - but inspirational. The keynote speakers were superb.”

“It has inspired me to continue my clinical academic plans, I’ve made connections which have helped with future job prospects and I got help designing a project.”

“The talks were all of high quality and the senior researchers were all happy to interact with the junior ones - something which is unusual at other conferences. Also the day felt quite relaxed and informal.”

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