10th June 2024

N-CODE Expo 2024

Location: Birmingham
Venue: The Studio

Dates: Monday 10th and Tuesday 11th June 2024

Venue: The Studio, 7 Cannon Street, Birmingham, B2 5EP

N-CODE is pleased to announce that our face to face EXPO will be taking place in June 2024. The conference will be an opportunity to bring together professionals from healthcare, the neurotechnology industry, academics, funders, charities and those with lived experience to discuss the latest innovations and research in developing technologies that enable community-based diagnosis and management of neurological conditions for the benefit of patients.  

There will be many chances to network throughout the event, as well important updates on the progress of the network so far, a poster session and a conference dinner on Monday 10th June.  

There will be some opportunity to livestream the presentations, but this will be limited and delegates are strongly advised to attend in person to experience the full EXPO. 


The EXPO will include:  

We will be hosting an Industry and Technology Showcase for our industry partners to introduce and highlight their technology and provide opportunities for engagement with attendees.

If you are a commercial partner and wish to participate in the Industry and technology showcase and/or host an Industry stand in the EXPO, please get in touch to register your interest at ncode@contacts.bham.ac.uk. 

We are also facilitating a Pitch Competition. Participants will be in with a chance to be awarded a prize of up to £10,000 for their ideas.

We are seeking teams of multidisciplinary researchers, healthcare professionals, industry partners and people with lived experience of disease to showcase their early-stage ideas for community-based neurotechnologies.

Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity! Submit your EOI by 16:00 (GMT) on Friday 5th April to ncode@contacts.bham.ac.uk

Submitted EOIs will be assessed by the N-CODE Steering Group, selecting 5-10 finalists to work with leading coaches to prepare their pitch and refine their ideas ahead of presenting to our panel of experts in Birmingham (at the N-CODE Expo). 

The prize of up to £10,000 will be awarded to the winning team to help take their research idea to the next level.

Beyond the cash prize, all finalists will have the opportunity to network with researchers, funders, industry partners and 3rd sector organisations to build new collaborations and propel their ideas forward.

A Funders Clinic, with representatives from the major UK funders (EPSRC, MRC, Innovate UK, NIHR and Epilepsy Research Institute), will be held to facilitate discussions about opportunities to fund your research.

We invite abstract submissions, particularly from Early Career Researchers, for poster presentations. These will then be presented in a session where the innovative research can be discussed.

To apply for a poster presentation, please send your completed abstract to: ncode@contacts.bham.ac.uk by Monday 13th May, 17:00 (BST).  We aim to notify applicants by Friday 17th May.  

Abstracts must be submitted as a Microsoft Word document and include: 

  • Abstract title 
  • Name and affiliation of presenting author 
  • Name and affiliation of co-authors 
  • Email address of presenting author 
  • A scientific abstract (up to 250 words) including: IntroductionMethodsResults and Conclusion 


If you have any queries, please contact us at ncode@contacts.bham.ac.uk. 

A series of talks will be given by investigators from the research projects funded by N-CODE.

These will include the research projects funded through the Research Incubator and Study Group follow-on funding.

You can view summaries of our current funded projects here.

An interactive session will be held with a panel of N-CODE partners and steering group members to discuss and answer audience questions about N-CODE’s priorities for the future and upcoming funding opportunities. 

A drinks reception and conference dinner will take place on the first evening in the Studio event space from 18:30 on Monday 10th June.

Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements when you register for the event.

Registration is now open through the University of Birmingham Online Shop.

Further information about the Industry and Technology Showcase will follow, but please get in touch to register your interest at ncode@contacts.bham.ac.uk 

Additional Information:  

Day 1 Monday 10th June  

10:00 – 10:30     Registration and welcome refreshments 

10:30 – 10:45     Welcome and N-CODE overview: John Terry  

10:45 – 12:45     Industry and Technology Showcase  

12:45 – 14:00     Lunch and networking  

14:00 – 15:00    Funders clinic  

15:00 – 15:30     Coffee break and networking  

15:30 – 17:00     Industry stands and poster session  

18:30     Drinks reception  

19:00     Conference dinner  


Day 2 Tuesday 11th June  

09:15 – 0930      Refreshments  

09:30 – 11:15      Pitch competition  

11:15 – 11:45        Coffee break and networking 

11:45 – 13:15       Updates on N-CODE funded research projects  

13:15 – 14:00      Lunch 

14:00 – 15:00    The year ahead for NCODE and panel discussion on network priorities 

15:00     Conference close 

Registration is now open using the University of Birmingham Online Shop.

The registration fee includes all food and refreshments including the conference dinner. Please let us know of any dietary requirements when you register.

The cost of accommodation is not included in the conference fee. See ‘Accommodation information’ for further information.  

Postgraduate student: £75 

Postdoctoral researcher: £100 

Faculty and charity representative: £150 

Industry attendee:  £200 

The N-CODE EXPO will take place at The Studio, 7 Cannon Street, Birmingham, B2 5EP. 

This is situated at the heart of the city, close by to all major transport links. Map and directions can be found here.

By train: The venue is 2 minutes walk from Birmingham New Street Station. Exit the North exit ‘Stephenson Street’ or ‘New Street entrance’ and head up Lower Temple street past Café Nero. Turn right at Starbucks and continue down New Street (Tesco on your left). Cannon Street is the second street on the left, The Studio is half way along Cannon Street on the right hand side.  

By car: Detailed driving directions are available on the Studio website here.  As a city centre venue, there is no onsite parking, though the recommended car parks closest to the venue are NCP High Street, postcode B4 7LN and NCP New Street, postcode B5 4AN. Both car parks are around a 10 minute walk.   

The closest disabled parking spot is on Waterloo Street, which is just around the corner from Cannon Street. Delegates would need an Orange or Blue Badge.  

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The cost of accommodation is not included in the conference fee. The fee includes all food and refreshments, including the conference dinner.  

As a city centre location, there is a wide variety of hotels close by. Suggested sites to search for accommodation to match your budget include Booking.com or Expedia. The venue postcode is B2 5EP.

Travel support is available for up to 10 attendees with either lived experience of neurological conditions or those with limited resource (such as PhD students or ECRs who do not have their own conference funding) to attend the N-CODE EXPO in Birmingham.

A maximum of £250 per person and where possible, travel and accommodation will be booked through the University of Birmingham providers. 

For further information and to apply, please complete the application form by Monday 13th May 2024, 17:00 (BST). We aim to notify successful applicants by Friday 17th May. 

Financial support towards the additional childcare cost of attending the N-CODE EXPO is available, please contact the network team on ncode@contacts.bham.ac.uk to discuss.  

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