Our Annual Conference
Touching the brain
We are excited to announce that our online conference is on the 13th and 14th February 2021! The theme this year is related to 'touching the brain'; attend to learn about deep brain stimulation (DBS) and brain-computer interfaces (BCI) and more! The first day will have an overarching clinical focus to it, with the second being more purely academic in nature.
Please note that for a £3 ticket you must have the premium £3 membership of the society!
If you are not a KCL student, worry not! You can create a guest account at KCLSU and purchase your ticket that way; message us via our social media if you have any problems
This year, we would like students to get involved and have the chance to be part of our list of speakers at this scientific event, alongside senior researchers and clinicians, and in front of a 100+ people audience. We will dedicate 2 hours of the conference for poster presentations – this opportunity is aimed mainly at Neuroscience and Medical students (UG and PG), but it is open to every with an interest in the theme.
This opportunity will be a great chance to:
1) Research a neuroscientific topic in depth;
2) Practice your presentation skills;
3) Participate as a speaker in a large scientific conference;
4) Improve your portfolio and CV.
Scroll down to find out more!
Poster Submission Criteria
Any topic relating to the theme of 'touching the brain';
i.e. on any techniques which involve some form of stimulation, or contact with brain tissue for clinical or research purposes (notable examples include Deep Brain Stimulation, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, Depth Electroencephalography, and Brain Computer Interfaces)
Example titles: Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) in the visual cortex of the blind (which has been shown to induce tactile sensations); the future of BCI-controlled prosthetics; thalamic deep-brain stimulation in behaviourally unresponsive patients.
Note: if your poster is about DBS, or - more broadly - about the clinical side of BCI, then you will present on the 13th of February; if your poster is about BCI and their implications in neuroscience research, then you will present on the 14th.
Poster Presentation Delivery
Poster presentation delivery: we aim to have three presentations on day 1 and three on day 2, for a total of 2 hours, which means that – if your application is successful – you will have 20 minutes max to present (ideally, 15 minutes of poster presentation and 5 minutes for Q&As). Please keep these time constraints in mind when preparing your poster and when practicing your presentation.
Note: we are trying to be optimistic about coronavirus-related restrictions, but we are aware that it may not be possible to host this conference in person. Therefore, we recommend that you prepare your poster as an online document only, and that you are ready to present it via an online communication software. In the fortunate event of a relaxation of restrictions, we will ask you to print the poster and bring it to the conference.
Poster structure & components
One page only
Maximum dimensions (only if printed, in the case of an irl conference): 1.219 m X 1.219 m
Recommended font sizes: 44 pt for headers, 38-40 pt for body text, 18-24 pt for captions beneath figures, 18 pt for references
We expect the following components to be present in some manner:
Author (full name, degree)
Main body - with figures and tables
Bibliography: please use Vancouver style for referencing - if you don’t have enough space on the poster, you can create a hyperlink/QR code with the bibliography
22nd of January: deadline for 1st draft poster submission. Please send to email@example.com with the subject “Conference: poster 1st draft”.
25th of January: we will get back to you, telling you if your submission was selected for the conference and with feedback on your poster.
7th of February: deadline for 2nd draft submission. Please send to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Conference: poster 2nd draft”.
8th and 10th of February: chance to practice your presentation in front of the KCL NeuroSoc committee.
Note: as mentioned above, we will only be able to accommodate a total of 6 poster presentations at our conference. However, we would like to publish all the posters we receive on the KCL NeuroSoc website, if you - the author - agree.
Tips for preparing a successful poster
Take plenty of time to research your chosen topic in depth - the scientific content of the poster should be very accurate - and be prepared to answer specific questions at the end of your presentation.
The poster should be a balance of text, figures and space. Avoid excess text, and use figures and tables to make your poster look nicer and more engaging. Leave plenty of space around text and figures, so that your poster is not too “crowded”.
Use colour and font changes appropriately. In general, avoid using too many colours. Be consistent throughout the poster: if you used a specific colour and font to outline a certain concept, then stick to the same colour and font every time you mention that concept again.
The poster should be easy to read. The background should not be distracting, and there should be high contrast between the text and the background. Avoid the use of poor-quality images.
Figures and tables should be well labelled and have clear legends.
Be concise: it should not take longer than 10 minutes for someone to read the poster.
The content of your poster should follow a logical sequence - so that readers can navigate it with ease, and it should be appropriate and relevant. Avoid redundancy!
Make sure to double-check your poster for spelling and grammar errors. Scientific names and mathematical units should be presented correctly.
Use the acknowledgment section to give credit to contributors who may not be present at the conference.
(adapted from http://2014.igem.org/Poster_Guidelines)
We look forward to reading your posters!