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Bursaries and Early Career Awards – ASM 2020

Registration Bursaries & Early Career Awards

UKSBM bursary awards are available to assist early career researchers to attend the Annual Scientific Meeting who would otherwise be precluded from participation for financial reasons. The UKSBM will fund/reimburse 100% of your conference registration fee.

Bursary applications are now being accepted for this conference, please click here for application guidelines.

The UKSBM Early Career Awards recognise and reward promising Early Career Researchers in behavioural medicine. The award consists of a certificate and a cheque for £100 presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting, and free registration for the UKSBM Annual Scientific Meeting held the following year.

Early Career Award applications are now being accepted for this conference, click here for application guidelines.

The deadline for applications is 17.00 Monday 28th October 2019.

 

ECN – Events

Early Career ASM Event 2018

During the UKSBM Annual Science Meeting in Birmingham, the ECN held a lunchtime panel event entitled: ‘Multi/Inter/Transdisciplinary Collaboration in Behavioural Medicine’. We were thrilled to have Alison Wright (UCL), Ian Keller (University of Leeds), Felix Naughton (University of East Anglia) and Tim Chadborn (Public Health England) on board to share their experience and provide insight into this intriguing topic. Minutes of the event can be found here.

We had an awesome turnout for our ECN pre-conference dinner social! These events provide a great opportunity to reconnect with and meet other ECRs for the first time.

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Early Career ASM Event 2017

During UKSBM ASM in Dec 2017, the ECN hosted a lunchtime panel event entitled: ‘Publishing – Perspectives from Journal Editors and Reviewers’, which comprised Prof Susan Michie (UCL), Prof Robert West (UCL), Prof Martin White (University of Cambridge) and Dr Stephan Dombrowski (University of Stirling). Our esteemed panellists covered a range of topics such as how to maximise the appeal of your research to editors and provided key insight into the peer-review process. Minutes of this ECN event can be found here: UKSBM 2017 Early Career Network Panel Event Minutes

We also held a pre-conference dinner meetup which provided a great social opportunity for our early career researchers to meet like-minded individuals. What a lovely bunch we had attend!

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Early Career ASM Event 2016

At the Annual Scientific Meeting in December 2016, the Early Career Network held a panel event entitled ‘Research Impact and Public Engagement’. We were delighted to be joined by Prof Daryl O’Connor (University of Leeds), Dr Kate Hamilton-West (University of Kent), Prof Paul Aveyard (University of Oxford), and Prof Elizabeth Murray (UCL). The panel shared their experiences and provided tips for early career members around research impact and public engagement. They provided information on key resources relevant to this subject – these resources can be found here.

Active discussions were also held around: what ‘research impact’ really is; how impact is done in practice; and the importance and value of patient and public involvement in research.

A summary of feedback from this event can also be found here.

Following conversations with early career members we have also put together a list of recommended blogs for early career researchers. You can take a look at this list here.

Follow us on Twitter @UKSBM_ECN

 

Early Career ASM Event 2014

At the Annual Scientific Meeting in December 2013, the Early Career Network held a session entitled “How to Progress Your Career in Academia”. A summary from the event can be found here: ECN event summary – UKSBM 10th Annual Scientific Meeting Feedback from the event can be found here: UKSBM Early Career Network Event- 04 12 14 Report

 

Early Career ASM Event 2013

At the Annual Scientific Meeting in December 2013, the Early Career Network held a session entitled  “What to do and what to avoid when writing a research grant?”. This event received great feedback and this is summarised below. Notes from the event can be found here.

Feedback summary

  • 49 delegates attended the event and 26 completed the provided feedback forms (53%). This low number is partly due to there not being enough feedback forms; more delegates attended than expected.
  •  The majority of responding attendees were in post-doctoral positions (46%) or PhD students (27%).
  •  Nearly all respondents agreed or very strongly agreed that: (i) the session was useful; (ii) the presentations were informative; (iii) the panel discussion was informative; and (iv) they intended to follow some of the panels’ advice. No respondents disagreed or strongly disagreed to these statements.
  •  Many delegates noted that the panel discussion was the most useful aspect of the session.
  •  The only criticisms concerned repetition of content, issues with catering and length of event (too short).

 

Early Careers Network Survey Results 2013

In the spring of 2013, the Early Career Network committee developed a questionnaire to survey early career researchers’ interests and needs.  A secondary aim was to identify topics for future events.  Findings from the survey clearly showed that a majority of the respondents (79%) would be interested in learning more about how to apply for research grants.  Hence, the event for the 2013 Annual Scientific Meeting will be a session on grant writing, led by researchers with an extensive experience of successfully applying for research grants.

Other popular topics that the Early Career Network committee will consider for future events included; how to forge a career in academia, assessing intervention acceptability and feasibility, writing successful fellowship applications, securing public and patient involvement, assessing research impact and how to network effectively.  It is anticipated that an Early Career Network event will be held at every Annual Scientific Meeting, with potential additional events organised through webinars.

 

Early Career Network Events

  • Early Career Network Event at the 2012 UKSBM Annual Scientific Meeting in Manchester meeting notes (.pdf, 106kb)
  • Early Career Network Q & A session at 2011 7th Annual Scientific Meeting in Stirling meeting notes (.doc, 33kb)

UKSBM Early Career Awards

The UKSBM Early Career Awards recognise and reward promising Early Career Researchers in behavioural medicine. The selection of the Early Career Award will be based on early career achievement and review of a submitted and accepted abstract. Achievement is defined as a significant advance in the field of Behavioural Medicine, as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications, presentations and/or grant income.

The award consists of a certificate and a cheque for £100 and free registration for the UKSBM conference annual scientific meeting held the following year.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants:

  • Should be no more than 5 years past the award date of their highest degree (there is no age limit)
  • Must be, or will become upon registration, a member of the UKSBM
  • Must be the lead author of an abstract of empirical work accepted for this year’s UKSBM annual scientific meeting.  Note: We anticipate that you will be notified of abstract acceptance by 2nd September 2014, via email.
  • Attendance at this year’s UKSBM conference is required

To apply, the following information should be submitted:

  1. Abstracts should be submitted via the official abstract submission site, as listed on the UKSBM website.
  2. A one-page word document specifying:
  • Title of award: “UKSBM Early Career Award”
  • Name of applicant with full institutional affiliation
  • Award date of highest degree
  • Abstract title and type (poster/oral) submitted to this year’s annual meeting
  • Statement on your career to date (maximum 200 words)

3.  The candidate’s CV (maximum 4 pages)

All applications must be emailed to s.u.dombrowski@stir.ac.uk no later than 5pm on Friday 18th September 2015. Applications will be reviewed by the UKSBM Executive Committee and the successful applicants are expected to be notified by Friday 2nd October 2015.

Successful applicants will be required to write a testimonial for the UKSBM website.

 

 

Early Career Winners – UKSBM 2014

The UKSBM is pleased to announce this year’s three winners of the UKSBM early career award: Dr Stephan Dombrowski (University of Stirling), Dr Heather Gainsforth (University College London), and Dr Simon Sebire (University of Bristol).

The Early Career Award provides annual recognition of the work of promising early career researchers in behavioural medicine in the UK. In addition to being recognised for their early career achievements at the 2014 Annual Scientific Meeting in Nottingham, all winners received £100 and free registration to next year’s Annual Scientific Meeting in Newcastle.

Please see below for details about this year’s winners:

Dr Stephan Dombrowski Stephan Dombrowski

Dr Dombrowski is am interested in the development, testing and application of behaviour change theory and interventions for health. He is particularly interested in aspects concerning maintenance in health behaviour change interventions, and the use of evidence based behaviour change techniques to facilitate sustainable long-term change. His research to date covers a range of health behaviours (e.g. diet and physical activity, health service utilisation, or health care provision) and populations (e.g. members of the public, individuals with risk factors for health, or health care professionals). In empirical work he uses qualitative, quantitative as well as mixed methodologies. For more information please see his personal profile: Dr Stephan Dombrowski

Stephan said: “It was a great honour to be given the UKSBM early career award together with some fantastic colleagues.

I always enjoy attending UKSBM conferences which present consistently high quality talks across a wide spectrum of behavioural medicine and are an excellent opportunity to network and catch up with colleagues from a variety of backgrounds.”

 

 

Dr Heather Gainforth heather gainforth

Dr Gainforth’s current and published work focuses on (1) understanding the process of knowledge translation/mobilization; (2) developing and evaluating knowledge mobilization and health promotion interventions; and (3) examining social and psychological influences that foster behaviour change. Her emerging research program aims to identify, develop and implement novel strategies for disseminating evidence-based health information to populations. For more information please see her personal profile: Dr Heather Gainforth

Heather said: “I was honoured to be awarded the UKSBM Early Career Award alongside my esteemed colleagues.  Winning the award helped me to establish a broader profile for my research and foster research relationships.  I am so grateful to the committee for recognizing the value of my work.

Thank you again for recognizing me.”

 

Dr Simon Sebire Dr simon sebire

Dr Simon Sebire’s specialist area of research is the psychology of human motivation, specifically the “what” and “why” of physical activity and sedentary behaviour among children, adolescents and adults. Simon’s research also involves the development and evaluation of physical activity and sedentary behaviour interventions in schools, extra-curricular settings and families. For more information please see his personal profile: Dr Simon Sebire

Simon said “I am delighted to have received an Early Career Award from the UK Society of Behavioural Medicine. There are many young academics producing great research in the field of behavioural medicine and to be considered alongside them is wonderful. While the award is individual, it reflects the great support that I have received from my colleagues at Bristol and beyond. Being awarded registration for the 2015 UKSBM conference will hopefully help me build on some of the contacts I made as a result of the increased interest in my work that the EC award generated.”

Message from Dr Claire Easthall, newly elected chair of UKSBM Early Career’s Network (ECN)

As incoming chair of the ECN  I’d like to take the opportunity to say a few goodbyes and some hellos to the ECN committee. Many thanks to Natalie Pearson for her contributions to the ECN and to Ellinor Olander for her excellent leadership and guidance as out-going ECN chair. Ellinor’s work in driving the ECN forwards has created a really exciting opportunity for me to continue ensuring that UKSBM’s early career researchers are well-represented and supported in UKSBM. Many thanks also to Kieran Ayling for his continued commitment to the ECN committee and a big welcome to Ruth Baxter and Aliyah Amirova as new members of the committee.

In addition to representing early career researchers at the UKSBM executive committee meetings, one of my key roles is to co-ordinate an early careers event at the UKSBM Annual Scientific Meeting each December and, as a committee, we’re already in the throes of making plans for December 2015. In the last three years our meeting topics have covered publications, grants and career planning and we’re currently looking for ideas for this year’s event. If you have any suggestions for the event or would like to be involved in any way then please email Claire at c.easthall@leeds.ac.uk. The ECN’s founding principles were that it represented the needs of the early career researchers within UKSBM so we’re really keen to hear you views and suggestions about the way we work and what events we can deliver so please do get in touch.

I look forward to hearing your thoughts and suggestions soon and seeing you at the UKSBM ASM in December,

With very best wishes

Claire

 

Event: UKSBM Early Career Network Event

What: UKSBM Early Career Network Event dedicated to practical advice for career progression

We hope this will be of interest to most Early Career individuals, including PhD students, post-docs and early on lecturers. The panel (see below) will share their career experiences after their PhD studies and what they chose to do next.  Anticipated topics include advice on where to find a job and/or funding, how to develop your own research interests and find collaborators, how to keep doing research with increasing teaching commitments etc.

Panel:

Dr Heather Buchanan, Lecturer in Health Psychology, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, The University of Nottingham

Dr Rachel Crockett, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Positive Ageing, University of Greenwich

Dr Michael Daly, Senior Lecturer in Behavioural Science & ESRC Future Leaders Fellow, Behavioural Science Centre, University of Stirling

Dr Andrew Prestwich, Senior Lecturer in Health & Social Psychology, School of Psychology, University of Leeds

Please come prepared with any questions you may have.

Where: UKSBM 10th ASM Nottingham

When: 1.15-2.25pm Thursday 4 December 2014

Additional Information: The UKSBM Early Career Network is an initiative to facilitate the development and promotion of research opportunities, mentoring and education for students and early career members in the UK who have an interest in behavioural medicine. We are a growing group of enthusiastic early career researchers who aim to regularly provide other early career individuals with opportunities for career development.

 

UKSBM 2013 Early Career Award Winners

The UKSBM is pleased to announce this year’s two winners of the UKSBM early career award: Dr Eric Robinson (University of Liverpool) and Dr David McMinn (University of Aberdeen). The Early Career Award provides annual recognition of the work of promising early career researchers in behavioural medicine in the UK. In addition to being recognised for their early career achievements at the 2013 Annual Scientific Meeting in Oxford, both winners received £100 and free registration to next year’s Annual Scientific Meeting in Nottingham. Please see below for details about this year’s winners:

 

Dr David Mcminn

 

Dr David McMinn joined the Health Services Research Unit at the University of Aberdeen in September 2011 after completing his PhD at the University of Strathcylde. He works as a Research Fellow within the Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health. Dr McMinn co-ordinates a 5 year government funded study investigating links between executive function and snack food consumption. He has over a dozen peer reviewed publications. For more information please see his personal profile

David said that: “Winning the early career award helped generate more interest in my work and gave me further exposure as a researcher, which is crucial at this stage in my career. Furthermore, being recognised in this way opened additional avenues for networking that would perhaps not have been available otherwise.”

He also added: “Attending the 2013 UKSBM annual scientific meeting in Oxford afforded me the opportunity to engage with leading researchers in the field of behavioural medicine and stay up to speed with the latest developments in this area.”

 

Dr Eric Robinson

 

Dr Eric Robinson is currently a Research Fellow based in the Institute of Psychology, Health and Society. He was previously based at the University of Birmingham working in experimental Psychology and public  health. He is interested in trying to understand why we behave in the ways that we do and can end up doing things that we probably don’t want to (for example, engaging in unhealthy behaviours). He is also interested in how  our social environments can shape our beliefs and behaviour. He has 18 peer reviewed publications to date. For more information please see his personal profile.

Eric said: “Having seen some of the really high quality work of previous early career award winners, I am very proud to have been nominated and given this award in 2013″

He added: ”I joined the society when I was first embarking on behavioural medicine research, so attending the conference on a yearly basis and being able to meet and talk to more experienced academics has been really valuable for me. I have also enjoyed meeting some new colleagues and other people with similar research interests, as UKSBM is a very friendly and open society to be a part of it.”

Oxford 2013: Early Career Network Event

The UKSBM Early Career Network is holding its annual event at the Annual Scientific Meeting in Oxford this year, and is open to all early career researchers.

Title: What to do and what to avoid when writing a research grant

What: A session dedicated to grant writing advice and top tips from the experts.  Topics will include information on different grant bodies, application processes, deciding on a research team, advice on involving patient and public involvement etc.

Where: At the Annual Scientific Meeting in Oxford

When: 1.15-2.25 pm, Tuesday 10th of December, 2013 (lunch included).  Room TBC.

How and who: This session will start with short presentations by Dr Amy Ahern (University of Cambridge) and Dr Ben Gardner (University College London) who will share their experiences of being awarded their first large research grant.  Amy and Ben will then join Professor Annie Anderson (University of Dundee), Professor Jill Francis (City University London) and Professor Laurence Moore (University of Glasgow) on a panel who will take questions from the audience regarding grant writing.

Please come prepared with any questions you may have.

Reminder: 15 Nov 2013 application deadline for 2013 UKSBM early career award

For more information, see the call for applications.

Call for applications: 2013 UKSBM Early Career Award

The UKSBM Early Career Awards recognise and reward promising Early Career Researchers in behavioural medicine.

The selection of the Early Career Award will be based on early career achievement and review of a submitted and accepted abstract. Achievement is defined as a significant advance in the field of Behavioural Medicine, as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications, presentations and/or grant income.

The award consists of a certificate and a cheque for £100 and free registration for the UKSBM conference annual scientific meeting held the following year.

To qualify for this award, the applicant must meet the eligibility criteria listed below:

Eligibility Criteria for Applicants:

  • Should be no more than 36 months past the award date of their highest degree.
  • Must be a member of the UKSBM.
  • Must be the lead author of an abstract of empirical work accepted for this year’s UKSBM ASM.
  • Attendance at this year’s UKSBM conference is required.

The following information must be submitted:

  • Abstracts will be submitted via the official abstract submission site, as listed on the UKSBM website.
  • The candidate’s CV of no more than 4 pages in length.
  • Any member of UKSBM may nominate a candidate for the award. Nominations (maximum of 1 page) should include an outline of why they think the candidate merits the award, and a very brief synopsis of their career, together with the names of two potential referees, who may be approached by the UKSBM Committee, but who are not from the same organisation as the nominating member.

Application Submission Information
Please note: The deadline for submission of all UKSBM 2013 Early Career Awards applications and supporting materials is 1st November 2013. All applications are to be submitted to Dr Jean Adams, UKSBM General Secretary, jean.adams@ncl.ac.uk, by this deadline in order to qualify as a 2013 award applicant.

Applications will be independently evaluated by three members of the UKSBM committee.

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