Young Investigator Activities

What we do for Young Investigators

Professional Development Opportunities

We have several exciting professional development opportunities and social events planned for young investigators (YIs) during the 2018 ISER meeting in Belfast. All YIs are strongly encouraged to apply for a travel award scholarship. This prestigious award helps cover the financial costs of traveling to Belfast and is also a great networking opportunity. The deadline for the YI travel fellowship application deadline in June 10th, 2018. Follow this link for more information on the travel award application process.

Additionally, all YIs are eligible to compete in the 2018 best poster competition. The 1st place winner will not only win cash prizes but will have the opportunity to give a brief 3-minute, 1 slide talk on their work before one of the Prize Ceremony and Lecture. More information on the poster competition can be found here.

Lastly, there is a brand-new activity tailored just for ISER’s YIs. This event, “Meet the Experts”, will allow interested YIs to discuss a wide range of topics with ISER’s elite scientists during the afternoon coffee breaks on Wednesday, September 12th and Thursday September 13th. If you have suggestions for topics of discussion or would like to serve as an expert please email Sandra Hammer (

Social Events

Eye2Eye Meet and Greet – As always, all YIs will have an opportunity to meet each other at the start of the meeting during the welcome reception on Sunday, September 9th. Get to know your fellow Young Investigators!

WISER Dinner (Woman of ISER) – At the Ivory Belfast, House of Fraser, Victoria Square on Monday, September 10th at 7:30 p.m. All Young Investigators, male and female, are encouraged to attend as it represents an opportunity to speak one-on-one with senior scientists who will also attend this function. Attendees will be given ample opportunity and are encouraged to seek advice on all areas in relation to career advancement. The venue is a short walk from the Convention Center. Click here to book your place. The subsidized price of $35 USD includes a 3-course menu.

Young Investigator Happy Hour - All YIs interested in meeting up for drinks at a local pub can meet at the Black Box pub in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter on September 12, 2018 at 18:30 for happy hour. This event will not be officially sponsored by ISER but will be a great opportunity to meet and connect with fellow ISER YIs as well as explore Belfast.

Remember to use #ISER2018 in all of your social media outlets when documenting your time in Belfast.