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Early Career Anatomists (ECA) Conference 2023

Early Career Anatomists (ECA) Conference 2023

24-25 August 2023

Join us for the second annual ECA Conference, which is being held as a hybrid event, online and in-person at Brighton and Sussex Medical School.

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Who is it for?

We invite anyone who considers themselves to be an early career anatomist or anyone looking to begin a career in anatomy, to join us for the second annual ECA Conference at Brighton and Sussex Medical School, Thursday 24 and Friday 25 August 2023.

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About this event

This conference aims to:

  • Give a platform to early career anatomists to share work, ideas and insights – get in touch if you have an idea for a workshop you would like to deliver and submit an abstract if you would like to give an oral or poster presentation
  • Accept abstracts from a range of topics and levels of experience. You do not need to be research active to submit abstracts to this conference. We encourage anyone to submit whether you are a student, academic, technician, clinician or other
  • Provide a friendly and unintimidating environment to network with other anatomists
  • Improve your confidence in presenting your work at conferences and help you build your communication skills.

Funding your visit

 We have tried to keep costs as low as possible for this event but appreciate that for many of you there are also significant costs involved with travel and accommodation. Below we have collated various information on funding, to help you attend. 

 Institutional funding 

  • Staff: Many universities have Continued Professional Development (CPD) funds for current staff. You can discuss this with your line manager to see if this is available to you

  • Current students/alumni: If you are presenting work carried out at your home institution, get in contact. Universities often have money set aside specifically for current students or graduates to help fund presenting work. 

Institute of Anatomical Science 

  • Amount offered: up to £1000 per year to support their members to attend conferences where members have been asked to present but require funds for accommodation and travel 

  • Requirements: Fully paid member 

  • Deadline: Six weeks before activity (13 July 2023)  

  • Find out more on their website >

Anatomical Society (Symington Bequest fund) 

  • Amount offered: up to £500 to contribute to costs associated with presenting and participating at scientific meetings 

  • Requirements: Must have been a member for at least a year 

  • Deadline: Two weeks before council meeting (15 June 2023 and meeting on the 29 June 2023) 

  • Find out more on their website >

ECA Funding 

Thanks to our extremely generous sponsors, we are delighted to be able to have a sum of money set aside to help subsidise travel and/or accommodation for a number of attendees. More information on this will be released soon.


Travel and accommodation

For information on where to stay in Brighton, please check out the University of Sussex webpages >

The conference will be held in the BSMS teaching building at the University of Sussex campus in Falmer, a short distance from Brighton. You can find information on how to get to the campus and a campus map on our webpages >

Organising committee

  • Danya Stone (Chair), Anatomy Lecturer, Brighton and Sussex Medical School 

  • Munesh Khamuani (Co-Chair), Histology and Anatomy Lecturer, University of Sunderland  

  • Joanna Tomlinson, Lecturer in Anatomy, University of Bristol 

  • Annalise Richards, Lecturer in Anatomy, University of Bristol 

  • Elena Patera, Lead Demonstrator, St George’s University of London 

  • Georgina Bond, Technician, University of Sheffield 

  • Geetika Ail, Lecturer in Anatomy, Queen Mary University London 

  • Kris Phillips, Lecturer in Medical Sciences (Anatomy), University of Central Lancashire 

  • Samuel Snowdon, Anatomy Teaching Prosector, University of Oxford

Local Organising Committee (Brighton and Sussex Medical School):  

Dominic O’Brien (Anatomy Lecturer), Laura Arnold (Anatomy Admin Assistant); Matt Bemment (Digital Communications Officer); Jemma Jones (Communications Assistant).


Find out more

If you would like to get more updates about the conference or have any questions, please sign up to our mailing list by emailing us at >

You can also follow us on Twitter for regular updates about the conference @ECAnatomists

Abstract submissions

Abstract submissions are now open.

We encourage everyone to submit an abstract, even if you do not have research data to present.

Before submitting, please review our full abstract guidance document here >

We are accepting abstracts of different types, including career reflections (see page four of guidance document), non-research (see page five of guidance document) and research (see page six of guidance document) abstracts.

Please note that although this is a hybrid event, we will not be accepting presentations delivered virtually.

If you would like any further advice, for example if you are unsure what category your abstract belongs to, please contact the team at: and we will be happy to advise you.

Please email your final abstract to by 23:59 (UK time - BST) on Wednesday 7 June (extended from 31 May).

Tickets and registration

Ticket sales open on Monday 1 May.

You can purchase tickets to attend in-person or online using the University's online shop >

Ticket sales close on Monday 31 July.

We have a range of ticket options available:

  • In-person conference ticket: £30
  • Subsidised in-person conference ticket: £15 (this ticket option is only available to current full-time students)
  • Online attendance ticket: £10 – please note that purchasing an online attendance ticket will enable you to watch oral presentations and keynote talks on day two of the conference (25 August). You will not be able to view the poster presentations or attend the workshops on day one of the conference (24 August) using this ticket option.

We encourage attendees to travel by public transport where possible but parking vouchers can be purchased for a small fee if required.

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