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ECR event

Joint logos for The British Feeding and Drinking Group and Consumer Lab, with an image of Hughes Hall, The University of Cambridge

This year’s Early Career Researcher event will be held on Wednesday 3 April 2024 from 10am-5pm at Hughes Hall, Cambridge University.

The event will be held in-person and attendees are required to be physically present in Cambridge. This year the ECR Event is funded by the Consumer Lab. Find out more information on the Consumer Lab website.

Through a mixture of presentations by guest speakers, and group and panel discussions, the ECR event will cover a variety of fundamental topics within research, such as communicating projects and ideas, funding applications, and career paths within and outside of academia (see schedule below).

Attendees will be welcome to join us for coffee and an introduction session from 10 am onwards, after which the day’s sessions will commence at 10.30am.

A complimentary lunch will be served (catering can take into account any dietary requirements/restrictions given advanced notice).

After the afternoon sessions, join us for an informal social gathering at a local pub to get to know each other ahead of the main BFDG conference. Please note, catering at the pub is not covered by the event. To make it easier to chat to new people, you can opt-in to be randomly assigned in groups to walk over to the pub at registration.

Our networking opportunities this year extend beyond the ECR event – you'll also have the chance to be linked up with another attendee beforehand, allowing you to get to know one another in advance. Whether you're seeking to calm those pre-conference nerves we all know all too well about or are simply eager to meet new faces, opt-in to our buddy scheme when registering for the event!


Fill in our online form to register your attendance.

This is an in-person session with limited room space. If the number of sign-ups exceeds our room capacity, we will operate a lottery system to randomly allocate spaces.

Registration closes at 5pm on Monday 26 February and we aim to confirm successful registration with attendees the next working day.

If we have any spare capacity, we will re-open registration on a first-come-first-serve basis until Wednesday 20th March or until all spaces are full.

Please note: signing up for this event does not cover registration for the main BFDG event.

Event schedule

10am Registration and welcome coffee

10.30am Introducing the ECR Event

10.35am “Communicating research”, Prof Giles Yeo (including interactive workshop)

11.55am Introducing the Consumer Lab, Prof. Jeff Brunstrom

12.05pm Lunch

1pm “What next? Navigating career options beyond academia“ (including interactive brainstorming exercise and panel discussion with Dr Lucy Porter, Dr Lucy Chambers, Dr Dave Mela, Dr Rebecca Jones and Dr Claudia Tang

3pm Break

3.30pm “Handling funding applications in academia”, Dr Andrea Smith and Prof Martin Yeomans

4:30pm Event closing thoughts and remarks

5.30pm Pub social


For all ECR event queries, please contact the organisers at [email protected]