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DPUK is pleased to announce a number of Early Career Researcher (ECR) spaces at the upcoming Translation 2023 conference. ECRs are able to benefit from a reduced main conference ticket price of £25 GBP (on condition of submission of an approved poster abstract), in addition to taking part in an exclusive pre-conference workshop and being entered into competition for poster and lightning talk prizes.

Three participants at a Swansea datathon discussing their project.
Collaboration at a DPUK event

Application form - Early Career Researcher (ECR) ticket to the Translation 2023 conference

Definition of an Early Career Researcher (ECR)

DPUK’s formal definition of an ECR is an individual who is within ten years of the award of their PhD or equivalent professional training, or an individual who is within six years of their first academic appointment. These durations exclude any period of career break, eg for family care or health reasons. The ‘first academic appointment’ is defined as the first paid contract of employment, either full-time or part-time, which lists research and/or teaching as the primary functions.

Early Career Research workshop

DPUK is pleased to hold an exclusive pre-conference ECR workshop on the morning of Thursday 2 March 2023. 

The ECR workshop aims to highlight the plethora of resources available by DPUK, its partners (such as Alzheimer's Research UK), and in the wider dementia research landscape to help researchers build their career - please see our ECR workshop morning programme.

An ECR ticket also allows full entry to the official conference on Thursday 2 March afternoon and the entirety of Friday 3 March 2023.

Poster and Lightning Talk Prizes

As mentioned, a condition of the reduced ECR ticket price is a submission and acceptance of a poster abstract to be displayed at the Translation 2023 event.

We are pleased to announce there will be an opportunity to win a monetary Best Poster Prize, as judged by our panel.

If desired, applicants can also be entered into consideration for presenting a 5-minute ECR Lightning Talk as part of the programme. A fantastic opportunity to promote research to a captivated audience and gain valuable presentation skills, there will also be an opportunity to win a monetary Best Lightning Talk Prize.

We would like to thank our sponsors for funding for these two prizes and supporting ECR career development. More information about our sponsors can be found at this link.

Abstract submissions


ECRs wishing to attend the Translation 2023 will be asked to provide a poster abstract as part of the ticket application form (see form above and below on this webpage). Applicants will be automatically entered into the poster selection process, and will have an option to also put themselves forward to be considered to present the work outlined in their abstract in a 'Lightning ECR talk' as part of the official Translation 2023 conference programme.

A committee will review abstract submissions in line with the below specified selection criteria, with up to 20 successful applicants being contacted for poster display, and up to 9 (within those 20 successful applicants) for lightning talks.

Selection Criteria

DPUK aims to enhance the UK translational environment through human experimental medicine, harnessing the powers of informatics and streamlining trial delivery. These aims are reflected in the DPUK platform's core workstreams (Informatics, Trials Delivery Framework, and Experimental Medicine Incubator) and the workpackages within them, with more information being found at these webpages.

The theme of DPUK's Translation 2023 event is 'Creating the UK translational environment for dementia'. The three overarching topics of the conference include Trials for all; Biomarkers mechanisms and targets; and Big data.

Abstracts should describe and evidence recent scientific work, outputs and/or insights, bearing in mind the following selection criteria:

  • Scientifically appropriate to conference: abstracts should focus on human-based research which has the potential to be used in the development of experiment medicine for dementia, and alignment with at least one of the three conference session topics (Trials for all; Biomarker mechanisms and targets and Big data)
  • Robust scientific methods: abstracts should demonstrate sound use of scientific methods (eg sufficient number of participants, appropriate application of statistical techniques etc)
  • Consistent scientific threadthe abstract title and background, method, and conclusion paragraphs should clearly link together on the chosen scientific topic.

Selection Committee 

The initial selection committee (who will choose which of the abstract submissions will be invited to fill the 20 poster places, and 9 lightning talk places, at the conference) and in-person selection committee (who will judge the Best Poster and Best Lightning Talk Prizes) will be composed of representatives from DPUK senior leadership and/or sponsoring partner representatives, who will judge how well abstracts align with the stated selection criteria.


  • ECR application form opens: Week commencing 14 November 2022
  • ECR application form submission deadline: Friday 13 January 2023, 12 noon GMT
  • Contact of successful applicants: Friday 27 January 2023 (at latest)

Apply now!

Application form - Early Career Researcher (ECR) ticket to the Translation 2023 conference

Please use this application form to register your personal details and submit your poster abstract for the Translation 2023 conference.

You will be notified in line with the timeline dates above whether your application has been successful. You will be provided with more details regarding poster specifications as well as payment link for your reduced £25 GBP ticket price.