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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.

In-person ticket sales have now closed andonline ticket sales close on 22 August.

Register for the conference now >

View the programme booklet here >

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.


  • Prof Claire Smith: Navigating the hidden world of getting your work published.

You are probably either keen to get some work published, or may already have succeeded (in which case brilliant). This talk will explore all the ins and outs of how you can grow this area of your portfolio, being smart with a publication plan, and maximising opportunities to build research data alongside teaching and other commitments. At the same time navigating some tricky points of how to gain feedback on a draft paper, authorship, what reviewers are really saying. Then finally sharing the work so that you can demonstrate impact. It’s a lot to consider and I will share openly; highs, lows, and top tips with lots of redacted examples.

  • Gemma Norburn: How I Began at ‘The End’

In this talk, Gemma will be discussing how she came to work in a hospital mortuary, including what background she has and what training she had to undertake to become an Anatomical Pathology Technologist. Additionally, she will explore what it was like to qualify during the midst of a pandemic and how this has led to training other people and see their own careers develop.

  • Emily Green: Showcasing Anatomy – Creating Impactful Public Engagement Events

Engaging the public with anatomy is a rewarding, exciting, but no doubt challenging pursuit that many early career anatomists are keen to try. Often requiring funding applications, liaison with venues, recruitment of staff and students, advertising, leadership and management, getting a public engagement event off the ground can seem like a mountain to climb for those attempting it for the first time – as Emily Green and Kayleigh Scotcher found out when they decided to put together an event for World Anatomy Day in 2022.

What began as a low-key, ‘this-could-be-fun’ idea, their World Anatomy Day plan soon grew arms and legs to become a week-long series of events developed with the anatomy teams from Newcastle University and the University of Sunderland, and involving over 45 students, two external venues and more than 700 members of the public.

Developing and running the events was a steep learning curve for Emily and Kayleigh, but was also one of the most exciting and enjoyable things they’ve done in their careers as anatomists! In this talk, Emily will outline the basic stages involved in developing a successful anatomy public engagement event, including top tips and potential pitfalls and how to avoid them. She hopes to de-mystify the steps in making public engagement ideas a reality, and to inspire early career members to get out with the public and give it a go!


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 closed.

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 >

In-person ticket sales have now closed and that online ticket sales close on 22 August.

We have a range of ticket options available:

  • 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.

Book your conference ticket now

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