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BSN 2012 Annual meeting July 8-10, 2012: King’s College Conference Centre, University of Aberdeen

Annual meeting 2012

This year the Annual BSN meeting will be held in Aberdeen, and we look forward to welcoming you to the Granite City. The meeting will take place from July 8-10, 2012, in the spectacular King’s College Conference Centre on the Old Aberdeen campus of the University of Aberdeen. Accommodation for delegates will be available in the nearby halls of residence, just across a cobbled street, making this a very self-contained venue. This year we will revert to our traditional format with plenary talks and three themed symposia, but we will retain the invigorating and entertaining poster DataBlitzs pioneered in Cambridge last year. In addition, new for Aberdeen 2012, we will run a meeting for Early Stage Researchers – to help the BSN Steering Committee see how the BSN can help promote the careers of the next generation of neuroendocrinologists – and a translational workshop.

This year the Annual BSN meeting will be held in Aberdeen, and we look forward to welcoming you to the Granite City. The meeting will take place from July 8-10, 2012, in the spectacular King’s College Conference Centre on the Old Aberdeen campus of the University of Aberdeen. Accommodation for delegates will be available in the nearby halls of residence, just across a cobbled street, making this a very self-contained venue. This year we will revert to our traditional format with plenary talks and three themed symposia, but we will retain the invigorating and entertaining poster DataBlitzs pioneered in Cambridge last year. In addition, new for Aberdeen 2012, we will run a meeting for Early Stage Researchers – to help the BSN Steering Committee see how the BSN can help promote the careers of the next generation of neuroendocrinologists – and a translational workshop.

For the science of the meeting we are delighted to announce that the Mortyn Jones and BSN lectures will be presented by Fran Ebling (University of Nottingham) and Megan Holmes (University of Edinburgh), respectively. The three symposia we have planned should offer something for everyone, as we invite colleagues from the UK and Europe to share with us their latest findings in the areas of Thyroid/Nutrient Sensing, Energy Balance, and Rhythms/Clocks. In addition to this there will be the Mick Harbuz Young Investigator Prize lecture, a number of short oral presentations to be selected from submitted abstracts, and the usual BSN student presentation prizes.

The abstract and registration deadlines for the meeting will be May 4th, 2012, and further details can be found on the meeting website at http://www.abdn.ac.uk/bsn-2012/. Another new initiative that you will see when you submit an abstract will be the opportunity to deposit your poster into the F1000 open access poster repository. See Meetings Secretary’s report and website for details.

We cannot guarantee the temperature, but what we can guarantee in the North-East of Scotland in early July is daylength! A must for the rhythms and clocks fraternity! Come and experience the long days and short nights of Aberdeen. A social programme will get things started each evening, with a Civic reception in the resplendent Aberdeen Town House on the evening of Sunday 8th July, and the conference dinner on Monday evening at the Beach Ballroom on Aberdeen’s seafront, complete with expert guided whisky tasting – not to be missed. Thereafter, the evening/night will be yours to enjoy – including perhaps the miles of sandy beach and enticing North Sea!

We look forward to welcoming all of you in Aberdeen!

Julian Mercer and Perry Barrett

Local Organisers, BSN Annual Meeting 2012