Bringing together distinguished scientists and bright young minds


Our symposia are special.

They are small – gathering around eight internationally recognised speakers with up to 20 early career researchers. Often they take place in the UK’s stunning Lake District.

They are informal – stimulating discussion, understanding and collaboration. Over three days everyone takes part in every session and everyone gives presentations. (And, to encourage openness and exploration, we don’t normally publish what happens.) Many of our participants find they make professional connections there that last a lifetime.

Our two committees choose topics that will encourage new ideas, new partnerships and, in the long term, make people’s lives better. And to get a broad mix of ideas, we’ll often invite people from different disciplines and researchers from industry, as well as from academia.

Rank symposia provide an unique micro-meeting format where early career researchers are able to closely interact with leading scientists in their field. As every early and established researcher gets the chance to present their latest research, this meeting format provides an invaluable opportunity to gain feedback and catalyse new ideas. Opportunities to exchange ideas are greatly facilitated by all meeting attendees sharing time together over meals, coffee breaks and hiking in the beautiful Lake District. This unique meeting format is designed to create new disciplinary interactions, collaborations and communities, whilst providing early career researchers with the opportunity to obtain invaluable career advice from leaders in their scientific field.

Professor Malcolm Bennett FRS