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Future Physiology 2021

April 19 - April 22

Introducing Future Physiology – the Professional Development Focused Conference for Early Career Researchers


Future Physiology is the professional development focused conference for early career researchers! This year’s conference will take place across 4 days, 19-22 April 2021 and will be hosted online, so that early career researchers can join from anywhere in the world.

The focus of Future Physiology 2021 is ‘Future Physiology: 2021 and Beyond’.

The invited speaker talks and panel discussions will explore what we have learnt from challenges brought by the pandemic, and how we can apply this to better our lifestyles in the future.

The focus will be on the secondary impacts of the pandemic including an increase in sedentary activity, and the extreme change in teaching practices. The conference, now in its fifth year, is coordinated by our newly appointed Early Career Theme Leads, each representing one of The Society’s seven Themes (detailed below.)

This conference is a platform for early career physiologists to showcase their research, engage with the physiological community, and benefit from valuable career development opportunities.

Attendees will have the chance to:

  • Foster new collaborations with peers and role models across all seven of our Scientific Themes.
  • Gain confidence in a supportive environment.
  • Develop skills with the bespoke professional development workshops.
  • Enhance their CVs by presenting their research and collecting CPD points.
  • Enter their oral or poster communication into a competition to win a prize.

The programme offers something for everyone, regardless of their research focus.

Across four days, there will be a series of exciting talks, panel discussions, workshops and ePoster sessions, all of which can be accessed from anywhere in the world.

Our organising committee of Early Career Theme Leads

  • Laura Rich, University of Nottingham, UK – Neuroscience.
  • Dr Jennifer Pearson-Farr, University of Southampton, UK – Epithelia and Membrane Transport.
  • Greg Sutton, The University of Edinburgh, UK – Cardiac and Vascular Physiology.
  • Dr Ruth Norman, University of Leeds, UK – Education and Teaching.
  • Dr Paul Ansdell, Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK – Human, Environmental and Exercise Physiology.
  • Dr Kelly Bowden Davies, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK – Metabolic Physiology.
  • Dr Shelley Harris, University of Southampton, UK – Endocrinology.

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April 19
April 22




The Physiological Society