Institute of Neuroscience

Staff Profile

Dr Ann Fitchett

Events, Engagement and Outreach Coordinator


Current role

I have a wonderful and varied role in the Institute of Neuroscience. I organise our Institute seminars, and academic conferences. If you are an academic or researcher in IoN and are considering / trying to arrange an event please contact me.

I am also responsible for our engagement and outreach activities to communicate and promote our research to a wider non-scientific audience. I arrange visits to the Institute, and events such as Pint of Science and Brain Awareness Week. I am happy to offer advice on engagement sections for research grants.

I am responsible for day to day maintenance of the Neuroscience volunteer database. A list of over 1000 people willing to give their time to take part in our studies. If you are a researcher interested in sending a call out to our list please get in touch.

I maintain both the Neuroscience and Centre for Behaviour and Evolution websites. I run our Neuroscience twitter account @NeurosciNCLUni and contribute to the CBE facebook page. I am responsible for producing materials for external audiences and liaise with the press office. 

In my spare time I am part of Palace of Science, a group of volunteers who put on science outreach events. These include an annual Palace of Science festival each March - an evening of hands on science demonstrations and general merriment, plus regular events such as SciBar and SciQuiz. 


I completed my PhD in animal behaviour / psychology at Nottingham and then spent 6 years as a post-doctoral researcher at Durham and Newcastle Universities. I moved into my current role as I believe scientists should be a lot more active in promoting and explaining science to people outside of this arena. 


PhD Nottingham University

BSc (Hons) Psychology and Neuroscience, Liverpool University  

Previous Positions

2009 - 2012 Research associate, Institute of Cellular Medicine, Newcastle University

2006 - 2009 Research associate, Durham University