“Run by early career life scientists, for early career life scientists”

The Early Career Life Scientists’ Symposia (ECLS Symposia) are one day scientific conferences organized by PhD students, early career life scientists and post-docs for their peers. The organizers are encouraged to promote networking and professional development through social events and careers sessions, as well as the scientific talks and poster sessions. 

The unique format provides the opportunity to gain valuable experience in giving formal talks to a peer audience and for the organizing committee to develop useful skills involved with running an event. This opportunity is provided by the Biochemical Society, in collaboration with the British Pharmacological Society and The Physiological Society.

Submit a proposal

Submissions for ECLS 2022 are open!

Who can apply?

Each member of the committee must be a student or early career researcher, within five years of competing a PhD. Applicants do not need to be members of any of the societies to be considered but proposals must be inclusive of all three disciplines of the supporting societies.

What is available?

The opportunity to organise an event to develop your networks, work with other scientists, raise your profile in the scientific community, and manage a budget.

Each of the three sponsoring societies contributes £1000.

When can I apply?

The call for ECLS 2022 is now open and will close at 23:59 GMT on Monday 14 March 2022.

How do I apply?

Applications should include:

  • An outline of the subject and reasons for choosing it
  • Preliminary programme and speaker list
  • Provisional budget plan, including any sponsorship raised if needed to cover extra costs
  • Details of other events that could be part of the conference, such as a careers fair or social event
  • An explanation of how you will mitigate any risks associated with COVID-19 (this is particularly important if you opt to host an in-person event)
  • CV from each committee member
  • Supporting letter from each committee member’s supervisor

To apply, please send applications and supporting documents to events@physoc.org.  Informal enquires can also be sent to this email address. 

Representatives from each society will review all proposal applications with the intention that the successful group be notified by 1 May 2022. The successful applicants will receive guidance and support throughout the organisation process, although you will be the primary organiser.

Please note the exact date of the ECLS will be decided in consultation with the three societies taking into account each society’s events calendar.