Early Career Scientist

Early career researchers are an integral part of the ECNP Congress and ECNP has installed a variety of measures to ensure that their participation is made as easy as possible.

To find out if you qualify as an Early Career Scientist, please click here.


The Early Career Advisory Panel (ECAP) was especially set up in 2012 to come up with ideas to involve Early Career Scientists in ECNP activities. We are continuously exploring new ways to encourage the participation of early career researchers at the ECNP Congress and enrich their congress experience. If you have ideas and suggestions, let us know by e-mail.

At the 33rd ECNP Congress ECNP has developed a range of benefits for the congress:

Welcome Reception
Meet other early career scientists at the designated area during the Welcome Reception on Saturday 12 September 2020. Members from the Early Career Advisory Panel will be present to welcome you at the ECNP Congress.

Welcome reception  Welcome reception


Career Development Sessions

These informal training sessions feature an engaging expert in the field, specifically invited to share their knowledge and experience. The topics are especially interesting for early career scientists.
Career Development Sessions
New Findings Symposium
As part of the programme of the congress, eight early career scientists selected at the ECNP Workshop for Early Career Scientists in Europe will give a presentation on their latest research. Don't miss the opportunity to meet these future leaders in the field.

ECNP’s Got Talent
ECNP entertains numerous activities for early stage researchers. Here we see some of the brightest and most talented early career scientists in applied neuroscience from all over Europe. For this new format, we have selected the most promising ones of this already prestigious group and challenged them to compete against their peers by giving the best presentation of the career. Be prepared for high-performance presentations, excellent science – and a jury that is as entertaining as it is relentless. Not only fame, but also an award is to be won in this talent showcase that demonstrates that Europe and ECNP have enormous scientific potential.

Science-on-the-Rocks
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This special Early Career Scientist evening will take place on Monday 14 September from 20.30-23.00 in the city centre of Vienna. We will start with a specially developed 'on-the-rocks pub quiz'. After this, there will be time to network with your fellow Early Career Scientists. The first two drinks will be offered by ECNP. A voucher can be picked up at the ECNP Plaza during our congress (for a maximum of 100 people on a first come, first served basis).


Meet your translational match (by invitation only)

Another successful event created with input from the Early Career Advisory Panel (ECAP), takes place on Monday 14 September, in the afternoon. During this matchmaking session pre-clinically and clinically oriented early career scientists can get to know each other. Two selected 'matches' will receive funding from ECNP to organise a short translational internship.

Registration discounts

  • Registration discounts of up to 64%.
  • Low registration fee: EUR 100. Do you know an ECNP member? If yes, as an early career scientist you can go to the congress for the very low registration fee: EUR 100 (incl. VAT). Contact the ECNP member who will simply need to fill in your e-mail during his/her online registration (or afterwards). You will then receive an e-mail with a unique code which you can use when registering for the congress. 

Opportunities for Early Career Scientist abstract submitters 

  • Free registration for presenting authors, residing in a country within Europe* if the abstract is accepted for publication in the congress supplement to the journal European Neuropsychopharmacology.
    *Europe being the 47 countries of the Council of Europe plus Israel and Belarus.
  • At the congress, you will also gave a chance to win an ECNP Excellence Award; this award was established to encourage early career scientists to present a poster during the annual ECNP Congress.
  • At the congress, you will also have the chance to win a ECNP Poster Award (not exclusively for Early Career Scientists). These awards are given on-site to the posters of the highest scientific excellence, presented in the most effective way. The award consists of EUR 500 and a commemorative certificate.