Partnering organisations

The BNA Festival is unique in creating a forum where multiple organisations join together to create a cross-disciplinary and celebratory neuroscience event, generating a genuinely diverse and stimulating mix of interests.

If you are a member of, or funded by, one of the eligible Partnering Organisations, you can attend the Festival at significantly reduced rates. See full details about discounted rates below.  

Festival Partner: The UK Dementia Research Institute

UK DRI and founding funders

We are delighted that the UK Dementia Research Institute has joined the BNA as Festival Partner for the 2021 Festival of Neuroscience.  

Being Festival Partner means the UK Dementia Research Institute (UK DRI) has high level involvement across all aspects of the event, and owns a dedicated stream running throughout the Festival programme. All members of UK DRI can attend the meeting at reduced BNA-member registration rates.

Launched in 2017, the UK DRI is the single biggest investment the UK has ever made in dementia thanks to £290 million from founding funders the Medical Research Council (MRC), Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer’s Research UK. The UK DRI is revolutionary in scale and scope, bringing together world-leading expertise in biomedical, care and translational dementia research in a national institute currently made up of over 650 researchers, support staff and students, enabling the UK DRI to lead the way in tackling what is now the leading cause of death in England and Wales. 

Find out about UK DRI and the UK DRI programme stream at BNA2021

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Partner Societies

Partner Societies are a hugely important part of BNA2021: they are directly involved in programming the event and bringing together different people with a shared interest in the brain and nervous system, making it a true Festival of Neuroscience.

Partner Societies -

  • sit on the Programme Organising Committee as co-organisers of the Festival programme 
  • own a symposium during the Festival programme, with free registration for speakers
  • are, if eligible*, able to invite all their members or associates to attend the Festival at reduced registration rates 

BNA2021 Partner Societies:

  1. Association of British Neurologists
  2. Biochemical Society
  3. British Association for Cognitive Neuroscience
  4. British Association for Psychopharmacology
  5. British Neuro-Oncology Society
  6. British Neuropathological Society
  7. British Neuropsychiatry Association
  8. British Psychological Society
  9. British Society for Neuroendocrinology
  10. Epilepsy Research UK
  11. European Brain and Behaviour Society
  12. Experimental Psychology Society
  13. Neuroscience Ireland
  14. Parkinson's UK
  15. Société des Neurosciences
  16. Society for Endocrinology
  17. The Physiological Society

Members of the Partner Societies listed above are eligible for reduced registration fees. 


Association of British neurologists
biochemical society
Epilepsy research
Neuroscience ireland
parkinsons uk
the phy soc


Reduced registration rates for members and associates of Partnering Organisations

Members or associates of all of the asterisked Partner Societies listed above, plus the UK DRI and the BNA, are entitled to register for substantially reduced registration rates. 

How to benefit from reduced registration fees: 

  • Not a member or associate? If you aren't already, then become a member of the BNA or one of the eligible organsiations above.  You can join the BNA straight away online.
  • If you are a BNA member: Log in to the BNA website when you are registering for BNA2021, and you will automatically get the reduced members' rates. 
  • If you are associated with Festival Partner UK DRI or one of the asterisked Partner Societies: Your relevant organsation will provide you with a discount code to apply during the registration process. 
    If you haven't got this code, then please contact office(at) 

Definition of members and associates of Partnering Organisations

For Partner Societies which are member organisations, such as the BNA or The Physiological Society, you need to be a fully paid-up member of your society to qualify for the discounted rates.  Individuals who register using a Partner Society discount code will have their membership verified with the relevant organisation.

For funders/charities ERUK and the UK DRI, you need to be directly associated with this organisation to qualify for discounted rates. Individuals who register using a discount code for ERUK or the UK DRI will have their association verified with the relevant organisation.

  • ERUK - you need to be directly supported by ERUK funding.
  • UK DRI - you need to one of the ~350 individuals funded by UK DRI and working at any of the UK DRI sites (the UCL UK DRI hub, University of Cambridge, Cardiff University, University of Edinburgh, Imperial College London, King's College London and the Care Research & Technology centre at Imperial).