ECR Summer School – Application OPEN

May 3, 2023

The Cognitive Frailty Interdisciplinary Network harnesses knowledge of biological, health, environmental and psychosocial mechanisms of cognitive frailty across the lifespan so that we can develop integrated interventions.

The network is one of 11 Interdisciplinary Ageing Across the Life Course networks with the aim of transforming ageing research in the UK and integrating expertise and knowledge across disciplines.

Cognitive frailty is a condition characterised by the simultaneous presence of physical frailty and age-related cognitive impairment without existing dementia. There is a wealth of knowledge available on cognitive ageing, but there has been little progress in recent years in finding multi-dimensional interventions to prevent, rehabilitate, or reduce progression in cognitive frailty.

This network aims to bridge the gaps between basic, clinical and social science research. This will allow us to better understand how biological mechanisms relate to lifestyle factors, such as educational attainment, and environmental inequalities that correlate with cognitive frailty later in life.

Who can take part?

The ECR Summer School is aimed for Early Career researchers interested in Cognitive Frailty and Ageing from a wide range of disciplines, who would like to learn about working in an interdisciplinary manner.

ECR includes PhD Students, Research associates and assistants, people within 3 years of their first independent research role such as fellows or lecturers.

To be eligible to take part in the summer school, you need to be a member of the CFIN Network. If you are not already a member, you can join the network here:

Date and location:

The summer school starts at 11 am BST on 21st June and closes at 4 pm BST on 22nd June 2023.

The summer school takes place at Lancaster University (Health Innovation One building). We have a limited amount of funding available to cover accommodation and travel expenses within the UK.

ECRs can also take part in the summer school online, we are planning to have session recordings for international participants at different time zones.

Available funding:

We can offer accommodation for the 21st of June at the Lancaster Conference Centre, and we have funding available to cover travel expenses within the UK up to £130 for approximately 15 participants. We will ask for an estimated travel cost in the application form.

(If you are not living in the UK, and you can find other ways to cover your travel expenses to the UK, we can still cover your travel within the UK)

How to apply?

If you would like to take part in the ECR Summer School in person or online, please join the network on the link above. Once you are a member, we will email you the invitation email to the Summer School.

Application Deadline: 20th May 2023

Please note: We don’t have a limit on the number of online participants, but due to the size of the venue, we have to limit in person participants to 25 so please register as soon as possible to secure your place.  If you miss out on a place in person you will be invited to take part online instead.

Preliminary programme:
It’s still subject to changes, but you can view the preliminary programme of the summer school here:
ECR Summer School – Preliminary programme