YNS Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Do I need to be a member of Neuroscience Ireland?

A. This is an official Neuroscience Ireland event so, as such, yes you will need to be a member to attend (unless you are an undergraduate, see below). Student membership rates are very affordable and come with a number of advantages including reduced registration rates for conferences like FENS, free online access to the European Journal of Neuroscience, a chance to get a free abstract slot and reduced registration fee at SFN as well as a regular newsletter, information on job offers in neuroscience, travel bursaries for postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers and discounts on books bought through FENS. Click here to register for Neuroscience Ireland. If you have any problems registering as a member of Neuroscience Ireland (such as finding a sponsor), please send us an email at youngneuroireland@gmail.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Note that you will need your Neuroscience Ireland membership number to register for YNS. If you have any problems with finding your number or with the membership process (such as finding a sponsor), email us at youngneuroireland@gmail.com and we will help you as soon as possible.

Q. Why should I attend YNS?

A. This will be the main Neuroscience Ireland event for 2014, providing the only national forum for neuroscientists based in Ireland to meet and discuss their work. For early career researchers, this is the first of a series of symposia that will allow postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers to present their own work to a scientific delegation. Furthermore, the presence of two internationally recognised keynote speakers (Prof. Michael Heneka and Prof. Alan Sanfey means that delegates will be exposed to cutting edge neuroscience as well as having the chance to talk to these experts for advice on careers and research. There will be a workshop dedicated to career development (an essential in this increasingly tough job market) and ample opportunity to network with other early career researchers in order to forge the collaborations of tomorrow.

Q. What if I’m not a neuroscientist?

A. We do not mind if you do not consider yourself a neuroscientist. If you are a chemist working on neurotransmitters or a computer scientist working on signal processing applicable to biomedical data, we want to hear from you. Neuroscience thrives on its interdisciplinary approach to scientific inquiry and funding bodies are increasingly looking towards research which integrates varied fields of study.

If you are unsure about whether you will fit in or if you feel that a Neuroscience Ireland membership does not really apply to your field or career, get in touch via email: youngneuroireland@gmail.com

 Q. I’m not a PhD or postdoc, can I go?

A. Though YNS is aimed primarily at postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers, we welcome anyone interested in neuroscience research. If you are an undergraduate student with an eye on what you want to do next, this is a great opportunity for you to see the opportunities that are available in Ireland. In order to help you along, we have introduced a special reduced registration rate and you do not need to become a Neuroscience Ireland member if you have not yet finished your primary degree and you want to attend.

If you are involved in industry and want to see if there is research going on in Ireland that you can work with, come along and talk to those at the front line of neuroscience. If you are an established investigator, show your support for the next generation of neuroscientists by attending their talks and asking (not too difficult) questions.

Q. Sounds great, when can I register?

A. Registration and abstract submission opened on Friday 13th June at 9 am, click here to register. Abstract submission is now closed but registration will be possible right up to the event.

 Q. I want to submit an abstract, do I need to pay extra?

A. There are no abstract submission fees.

Q. Do you have any guidelines for submitting abstracts?

A. Yes, click here to read them.

Q. Is there an official record for my abstract? Do I get a DOI number?

A. Yes, Frontiers in Neuroscience will be indexing the abstracts but delegates will need to submit their own abstracts to the system, we cannot do it for you. However, it is quick and easy to do. Just click here to go our event page and click “Submit Abstract”. Once it is registered on the Frontiers system, you will receive a DOI number and be able to include it as an officially published abstract.

Q. I want to present an oral communication at YNS, what do I need to do?

A. After you submit an abstract and get confirmation of your slot, you will need to make up a presentation in your preferred presentation software (e.g. PowerPoint, Prezi, etc.) and submit it to the organising committee no later than the 18th September 2014. This will give us time to double check that the files will work on our system and they will be loaded onto the computer so you do not need to bring your own laptop.

Oral communications are strictly 10 minutes in length with an additional 5 minutes allocated for questions. The chair of each session will be enforcing the time limits in order to keep the programme on schedule for the rest of the day. Be sure to practice and practice again so you are sure you can communicate all your work in the allotted time.

Q. I submitted an abstract for an oral communication but it was not selected, can I still submit a poster?

A. Yes, we strongly encourage all delegates who cannot be accommodated in the oral communication sessions to present their work as a poster instead.

Q. I want to give a poster presentation at YNS, what do I need to do?

A. After you submit an abstract and get confirmation of your slot, you will need to make up a poster in your preferred software (e.g. PowerPoint, Word, etc.) and get it printed out in A0 size in portrait orientation (i.e. 841 mm width × 1189 mm height).

Stickers for affixing your poster to the poster boards will be available on the day and we ask that all posters are put up as early as possible to allow other delegates time to peruse the various projects being presented. Presenters are required to be at their posters during the allocated presentation time.

Q. What’s a data blitz?

A. A data blitz is a quickfire session where selected poster presentations are given a chance to do a short oral communication (3 minutes plus 2 minutes for questions) in front of the main delegation. Those selected will be notified in advance of the event and will need to create a short presentation your preferred presentation software (e.g. PowerPoint, Prezi, etc.) and submit it to the organising committee no later than the 18th September 2014. This will give us time to double check that the files will work on our system and they will be loaded onto the computer so you do not need to bring your own laptop.

The chair of each session will be enforcing the time limits in order to keep the programme on schedule for the rest of the day. Be sure to practice and practice again so you are sure you can communicate all your work in the allotted time.

Q. Will there be prizes?

A. Yes! There will be prizes for all presentation types (oral communications, poster presentations and the data blitz).

Q. What will happen in the workshop?

A. The workshop will be focussing on career development. Three panellists (one from academia, one from industry and one from Science Foundation Ireland) will give a short presentation each before opening up to questions from the audience and a panel discussion.

Q. Do I need to bring lunch?

A. Lunch will be provided along with two tea/coffee breaks and finger food in the evening.

Q. Will I get a chance to go out and have fun that night in Dublin or will it be all science?

A. There will be a social night taking place at the Ginger Man pub right around the corner from the Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute where you can leave science at the door and enjoy the craic with your neuro buddies!