The Brain Conferences
A FENS activity in partnership with The Brain Prize
The Brain Conferences are high-level scientific meetings, where up to 150 experts on a given subject meet in a lively and intimate environment.
Started by FENS in 2012,the conference series was a co-production with the European Science Foundation, ESF. Starting in spring 2014, The Brain Prize will be FENS’ new partner for these prestigious conferences.
The partnership allows FENS to organize two Brain Conferences annually, at least for the next 5 years. The Brain Conferences will be placed in Denmark and each spring edition of the Brain Conferences will be linked to the subject of the previous year’s prize winners.
Inherent to the agreement between FENS and the Brain Prize, each year 40 slots with an approximately even distribution between the two annual conferences are reserved for Danish scientists. These slots will be distributed directly by The Brain Prize.
A committee of internationally renowned scientists each year selects the topics of the two conferences. The committee aims to rotate subjects across the various neuroscience fields as much as possible, always keeping the highest scientific standard and focus on excellence.
A small selection of international leaders are invited, to present their latest data and, more importantly, to highlight and discuss their current views and news on the subject. No hidden agendas, no holding back: striving for a vibrant atmosphere in which open discussions are even more important than exposing the audience to data slides. Senior as well as junior scientists can join in, subject to selection. This sounds exclusive, and so it is, but without excluding anyone: those that can truly contribute to the subject are admitted to the conference, up to the maximal number of participants. The idea is that every participant really contributes to the overall exchange of information and ideas, for instance by presenting a poster or joining in the discussions. Upcoming conferences in the series include:
Past meetings in 2017:
- Learning, Memory and Synaptic Neuroplasticity
- Cortex Evolution and Development
Past meetings in 2016:
- New Insights into Psychiatric Disorders through Computational, Biological and Developmental Approaches
- The Brain in Focus: New Approaches to Imaging Neurons and Neural Circuits
Past meetings in 2015:
- The Neurobiology of Sleep and Circadian Rhytm
- Bridging Neural Mechanisms and Cognition
Past meetings in 2014:
- The Social Brain
- Controlling Neurons, Circuits and Behavior