Students of Brain Research, or SOBR, was formed in 2011 in an effort to connect graduate students and early career researchers in the fields of neuroscience and brain research from across Victoria.

The former group of PhD students felt that so many neuro-related research trainees were scattered around Victoria, and often isolated that they had the idea to create an “academic network that connects early-career medical researchers in dozens of Universities and Institutes across Victoria”.

In its first year SOBR hosted a lunch event/networking evening, an interdepartmental trivia night and the inaugural Student Brain Symposium. These events all provided its members with the opportunity to network, transfer knowledge and establish collaborative partnerships with other early career researchers who, whilst from broad range of departments and scientific backgrounds, were all intrigued by the human brain.

We now organise two major events every year; a professional development and networking dinner and student symposium. These events provide members with the invaluable opportunity to network, transfer knowledge and establish collaborative partnerships with other early career researchers within the area.

Since 2011, SOBR has continually expanded in membership diversity across Victorian organisations and institutions.