The annual Early Career Researcher (ECR) Conference at the School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences will take place on the 31st of March 2023. The conference, whilst open to all, is particularly aimed at the research of those starting in their academic careers, including Master's students, pre-docs, PhD students and post-docs.

The ECR Conference primarily consists of presentations, those describing existing research projects being undertaken at the School, as well as potential projects intended for the future. Also included is a funding-based program based upon the television series 'Dragon's Den' in which groups pitch their ideas to four SPCLS Professors, who ultimately decide on whether the project is funded.

These funds are generously provided from the PCLS Research Community and CINNergies, to which a maximum of £5,000 is available to support independent research projects of many kinds. The money can be used for RA/staffing time, consumables, travel and training. More details - including on how to apply - can be found here.

The 2023 ECR Conference schedule:

11:00 - 11:30 Welcome and keynote talk from Sue Glover (Researcher Development Project Officer)
11:30 - 12:00 Hee Kyoung Ko: The effects of sugar and sweeteners on the human brain reward response
13:00 - 14:00 Research Blitzes (5 minute talks)
14:00 - 14:30 Anthony Haffey: Not all bullying of autistic/non-autistic traits is equal
14:45 - 15:45 Dragon's Den
16:00 - 16:30 Debate: "Large in person conferences are a force for evil"
16:30 - 17:00 Dragon's Den results

The ECR Conference will be held in person in Room G79 in SPCLS. For those interested in joining, either as a member of the audience or to present a talk, please follow this link.