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#EFIC2023 for Early Career Researchers


The #EFIC2023 Congress features a number of sessions and activities dedicated to early career researchers.


At #EFIC2023, we are excited to provide Early Career Researchers with an opportunity to present and highlight their research. Be sure to attend these sessions on Thursday, 21 Sept:


Thursday, September 21, 09:00 – 09:30 (GMT +2)
  • Chair: Katarzyna Starowicz (Poland)
Disclosing mechanisms underlying painful diabetic neuropathy. A clinical and skin biopsy study with new emerging sensory biomarkers

  • Speaker: Eleonora Galosi (Italy)
Serotonergic gene-to-gene interaction is associated with mood and GABA concentrations but not with pain-related cerebral processing in fibromyalgia subjects and healthy controls

  • Speaker: Isabel Ellerbrock (Sweden)



Thursday, September 21, 14:00 – 14:30 (GMT +2)

  • Chair: Jan Vollert (United Kingdom)

Investigating the pathophysiology of SPTLC1 mutations that cause painful hereditary sensory neuropathy type 1 using human iPSC-derived sensory neurons

  • Alex Clark (United Kingdom)

An ultra-fast system for signalling mechanical pain in human skin

  • Saad Nagi (Sweden)

With our ECR advice sessions, we aim to increase the confidence of and expand on the professional skills of early career researchers working in the pain science field.

From academia to industry – Q&A session with an industry professional

Parallel 2
Wednesday, September 20, 12:30 – 13:30 (GMT +2)

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to take your research expertise and work for a pharmaceutical company? What are the advantages (and disadvantages) of working on the industry side? How does it differ from working in academia and what does it mean for the professional development of a pain researcher? We will be joined by a pharmaceutical industry professional who will provide insight and advice alongside answering questions from early career researchers.


Q&A session with mid-career researchers

Parallel 3
Thursday, September 21, 12:30 – 13:30 (GMT +2)
Do you ever wonder what it takes to go to the next stage of your academic career and to achieve a degree of independence in your research work? What does it take to lead your own projects, establish a name for yourself in the pain research world and gain a long-term position within an academic institution? We will hold a Q&A session where early career researchers can pose questions to mid-career researchers. Come along and don’t be afraid to ask a question.

Advice session on grant writing and journal paper submission

Parallel 3
Friday, September 22, 12:30 – 13:30 (GMT +2)
Two crucial parts of academic life are writing grant applications and writing papers for scientific journals. We will hold an advice session with Thomas Graven Nielsen, EFIC Research Committee Vice Chair, and Didier Bouhassira, Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal of Pain, on these two topics, reflecting on their experience and providing advice for the next generation on how to excel in these fields.

When – Throughout the programme
Who – Open to all attendees


Are you an early career researcher hoping to expand your network? Take part in our speed (research) networking event. We will be organizing a speed networking table, where early career researchers can informally discuss their research with their peers and find mutual scientific interests and possible collaborators. If you are interested in taking part, please register your interest here so that we can gauge the numbers and prepare accordingly.

When – Friday evening
Where – Exhibition area
Who – Open to all attendees


At #EFIC2023, all posters will have a dedicated area and time for presentation, whether it’s during the regular poster sessions, oral presentations, guided poster walks or the informal poster presentation during our welcome and networking reception. 

When – Throughout the programme
Where – Poster area 
Who – Open to all attendees


Whatever career stage you are, join our ECR Networking Party at one of Budapest’s famous ‘ruin bars’ to meet people, tell us how we can help you and find out more about the support EFIC can offer to ECRs.

When – Thursday evening
Where – One of Budapest’s famous ‘ruin bars’
Who – Open to all attendees but separate registration required