Special interest events

​​​​​​​​​​Saturday, 2 July 2016

14:00 - 16:00
SiE01 –​ The Brain Prize Cavalcade – the first five years​
The Brain Prize of € 1 million personal prize has been awarded annually since 2011 to one or more scientists who have distinguished themselves by an outstanding contribution to European neuroscience and who are still active in research. This year the prize was awarded for the sixth time. The Brain Prize Cavalcade highlights and celebrates the first five years of The Brain Prize. Gyuri Buzsaki (2011), Christine Petit (2012), Karl Deisseroth (2013), Giacomo Rizzolatti (2014) and Winfried Denk (2015) representatives of the winners at each prize year will offer the audience an overview of the their prize winning research. 
16:00 – 17:00​
SiE02 – EJN Special Feature
​Sophie Molholm​, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY, USA
'Breaking down the neural dynamics of multisensory processing in health and disease'
Tamás​ F. Freund, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary​ 
'The reciprocal GABAergic septo-hippocampal connection: target selectivity and function​'

Sunday, 3 July 2016

08:30 - 12:30​
SiE03 (I) - The Brain Bee Competition 

The International Brain Bee Neuroscience Competition is the culminating event of the Brain Bee education outreach program, which engages more than 30,000 students across 40 nations annually to study the brain.
The access for public is limited to the breaks
Learn more about this programme on www.thebrainbee.org​

17:15 - 17:30​

SiE03 (II) - The ​Brain Bee World Championship Awards Ceremony

Winners and participants of the annual international neuroscience competition for secondary school students will be recognized for their national and global achievements, following months of contest programs across 50 nations. 

18:45 - 20:00​
SiE04 - Consensus Statement on European Brain Research - The need to expand Brain Research in Europe

​In promoting brain health in Europe, the European Brain Council (EBC) recognizes the vital need to create a body of evidence supporting its call to give the brain a higher priority as well as to provide scientists and policy makers with the state-of-the-art knowledge concerning key needs in the field of brain research. EBC’s Consensus paper is answering to this. The Consensus Statement, prepared by EBC, together with its Members and partners and in collaboration with over one hundred European scientists and patient representatives, not only presents proposals for future brain research programmes but also describes the needs and achievements of research in Europe.
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Consensus Statement on European Brain Research summery flyer
Consensus Statement on European Brain Research complete

Monday, 4 July 2016

12:00 - 13:00

SiE05 - European Research Council (ERC): funding opportunities for investigator-driven research in Europe​

​The European Research Council (ERC) supports investigator-driven frontier research by awarding long-term grants to individual researchers. The 3 main granting schemes support researchers at different stages of their careers. Besides giving details on these different schemes and how to apply, this event will also be the opportunity to meet with ERC grantees presenting their project and sharing their ERC experience.
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​12:00 - 13:30 
SiE06 - Why do we need to use animals in research?
Reaching out to the scientific community, the public and the institutions
This session will introduce the activities of the FENS Committee on Animals in Research (CARE) and highlight the issues that can arise in communicating with the scientific community, the media and public opinion during a crisis.  Researchers will bring their own experience of crisis management when under attack by animal-rights organisations.
The aim of this session is to bring together different actors involved in this sensitive area and find new approaches to the issue. The European Commission and European Parliament representatives will be present to discuss available means.​
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12:40 - 13:00
SiE07 - Neuroscience Outreach Awards Ceremony

​In order to celebrate neuroscience outreach, Dana/EDAB, in collaboration with FENS, has decided to  reward special contributions to public outreach made by individuals and organisations through outstanding projects. The Dana/EDAB Neuroscience Outreach Champion Award and The EDAB-FENS Brain Awareness Week Excellence Award will be announced during this ceremony.

More information on the Neuroscience Outreach Awards.

17:10 -17:30
SiE08 - Awarding Ceremony: Mentoring and PhD Thesis Prizes 2016
The FENS-Kavli Network of Excellence will present two awards, a PhD Thesis Award and a Mentoring Award with a personal prize of 2.000 Euros each.  These awards form part of the FENS-KAVLI Scholars' goals to promote neuroscience and support early-career neuroscientists in Europe. We invite everyone to celebrate the success of early career neuroscientists and the importance our mentors play in fostering career development.

​Tuesday, 5 July 2016

12:00 - 13:45

SiE09 - Code of Conduct and Ethics in Science

Host: CHET committee

The aim of the meeting is to jointly discuss and explore through thought-provoking presentations a number of scientific conduct aspects, such as:  how do we as scientists communicate with journalists (specifically how much can we simplify our message and prevent it from conveying the wrong concept/idea), what exactly is plagiarism and where are the borders, what is data fabrication, what are the benefits and risks of open access publishing for neuroscientists. ​

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SiE10 - Bridging Knowledge Session: Alpha-synuclein prion like forms as target for therapy in Parkinson’s disease and other synucleinopathies

​The aim of the session is to introduce to the biology of alpha-synuclein aggregation, seeding and prion like spreading from periphery to brain and between different brain regions and discuss different approaches for therapeutic interventions targeting alpha-synuclein prion like transfer in Parkinson’s disease, and other synucleinopathies. This series of concise scientific lectures covers the following topics: i) Sequence, posttranslational modifications and structural determinants of alpha-synuclein aggregation and toxicity ii) Modeling synucleinopathies in patient iPSC-derived dopamine neurons iii) intestinal microbiota and enteric nervous system in synucleinopathies iv) propagation of alpha-synuclein pathology in nervous system and v) impact of small molecules and antibodies on alpha-synuclein aggregation and propagation of pathology. 
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​18:45 - 21:15

SiE11 - Women in Neuroscience

The FENS-WIN event will discuss topics relevant​ to women in science and business, including different career choices and possibilities to combine career with family and parenting. The topics discussed will include gender statistics in research funding, networking and mentoring, ongoing initiatives to support women in science, and a rendering of concrete experiences from the speakers. Speakers will include scientists of different 'career ages' and genders. 

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