BRAINS Symposium

Broadening Representation of Academic Investigators in NeuroScience
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The BRAINS logo, based on the two halves of a brain, one half is orange and the other half is blue with arrows point in all directions to represent diversity BRAINS acronym

Symposium Logistics

Accommodations, packing, diet, directions, and other useful information

The BRAINS 2014 Symposium is scheduled to take place at the IslandWood Conference Center located on beautiful Bainbridge Island, a 35-minute ferry ride from Downtown Seattle. Please check back for updated logistics closer to the date of the symposium.

Packing tips: Dress is casual. You will need to bring your own toiletries. Please check the weather prior to your trip. Participants will be sharing rooms in a hotel lodge-like setting. Please check the weather forecast to see if rain is likely, as we will be moving between different buildings throughout the symposium. You may want to bring a headlamp or flashlight if you plan on walking or jogging around the grounds after the symposium day. There are 255 acres and seven miles of trails on the campus.


Transportation: Transportation: BRAINS will arrange shuttle and ferry transportation for participants and speakers. The ferry from Seattle to Bainbridge Island takes approximately 35 minutes. BRAINS will provide walk-on ferry tickets to all participants and speakers taking designated ferry rides. More details to come closer to the Symposium.


Symposium Schedule: Please note that all participants, panelists, and facilitators are required to stay on-site for the duration of the symposium. Details about arrival and departure times will be distributed after being accepted into the program.


Symposium topics: Symposium topics will include the following:

  • Getting the mentoring you need
  • Effectively communicate about your research
  • Establishing an independent research program
  • Getting funded and publishing your work
  • Building your research group
  • Career/life balance
  • Time management
  • Mastering teaching
  • Thriving as an only
  • Career paths
  • Communicating science
  • Career transitions
  • Being an Only
  • Navigating organizations and tenure

Dietary Restrictions: If you have a dietary restriction, please check in with IslandWood personnel prior to each meal or snack. Please note that all food served is organic and, when possible, local to the Bainbridge Island area.


Driving Directions: For driving directions to IslandWood, please visit the following website:


Last updated May 29, 2014

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