Kick-Off Events

During Autumn 2019 and Spring 2020, we held 13 Kick-Off events both across the United Kingdom and online.

The purpose of these events was to:

  • launch the Network and engage new members

  • encourage connections and collaborations across disciplines and sectors

  • share more detail about the Emerging Minds funding calls which launched in autumn 2019

  • showcase inspiring examples of relevant research

  • and facilitate discussions around possible collaborations to address the Emerging Minds research challenges.

Advisory group mapping

Dates and Locations


13 September – Newcastle

16 October – Glasgow

23 October – Swansea

21 November – Nottingham

7 November – Virtual event

18 November – London

25 November – Manchester

29 November – Virtual event

4 December – ECR specific event

10 December – Bristol

16 December – Oxford


20 January – East of England

5 February – Belfast (postponed from November 2019 due to industrial action)

There were 362 attendees across the 13 events. Speakers included Professor Ann John from Swansea University who  recorded a podcast with us following one of the events.

In keeping with the Emerging Minds Network’s drive to encourage cross-sector working, the events were held in a variety of settings. We hosted kick-offs at universities, youth hubs, an art centre, and also at a Mental Health Trust.

Several of the meetings also included proposal development workshops. We also held speed networking events to encourage collaboration between those with similar areas of focus.