• FENS EJN Lecture – Best Publication Award 2019 Winner

Organizers: FENS and Wiley-Blackwell
Date: Wednesday, July 10th
Time: 16:15-16:45
Room: Mediterranean/Adriatic
More details: Link
For further information please contact: awards@fens.org

In collaboration with FENS and Wiley-Blackwell, EJN is proud to announce that the winner of the “Best Publication Award 2019” is Dr. Stephan Steidl, Associate Professor at Loyola University Chicago, Department of Psychology.

Stephan Steidl: Best Publication 2019: Optogenetic excitation in the ventral tegmental area of glutamatergic or cholinergic inputs from the laterodorsal tegmental area drives reward


Organizer: FENS
Date: Thursday, July 11th
Time: 13:10-14:10
Room: Mediterranean/Adriatic
More details: Link
For further information please contact: care@fens.org

This event will focus on the ongoing implementation of the European Directive on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes. Speakers will present recent developments and opportunities in the domains of transparency and training, before discussing ways to move forward.

Transparency and training in animal research: how to move forward
Moderator: Ivanka Markovic (Belgrade, RS), Faculty of Medicine, University of Belgrade
Kirk Leech (London, UK), European Animal Research Association (EARA): Improving openness and transparency to the public
Peter Janssen (Leuven, BE), Group of Biomedical Sciences, KU Leuven: Training of staff working with research animals

    • The ALBA Network

Organizer: FENS
Date: Thursday, July 11th
Time: 13:10-15:00
Room: Baltic/Aegean
More details: http://www.alba.network/alba-launch-event-frm2019
For further information please contact: Mathilde Maughan info@alba.network

Despite significant progress in recent years in the promotion of gender balance in research, women are still largely under-represented in science, as they account for less than 30% of the world’s researchers (UNESCO, 2017) – and neuroscience is certainly no exception. While a better balance has been reported at PhD level, striking inequalities persist when it comes to career advancement and participation in academic decision‐making (EC, She figures 2015, p.8). To address this issue and, more broadly, to promote equality and diversity in brain sciences, a group of international leading scientists founded the ALBA Network.

The ALBA Network is organizing its first networking event at the FENS Regional Meeting (FRM) in Belgrade. This will be the occasion to officially present the network and raise awareness on gender equality in neuroscience.

13:10 – 13:40: “Is gender diversity science friction?” by Prof. Mara Dierssen (President of Trisomy 21 Research Society, CRG-Center for Genomic Regulation)
13:40 – 14:00: “Introduction to the ALBA Network” by Prof. Carmen Sandi (Chair of the ALBA Steering Committee and FENS President)
14:00: Networking

Cocktail drinks and snacks will be available during the networking.

Please register here: https://form.jotformeu.com/FENS/ALBAFRM2019_registration

    • FENS EJN Publication Workshop

Organizer: FENS
Date: Thursday, July 11th
Time: 14:10-15:00
Room: Mediterranean/Adriatic
For further information please contact: frm@fens.org

What happens to your paper when submitting to journal?
Paul Bolam (Oxford University) co-EiC of the European Journal of Neuroscience & Juan Lerma (Instituto de Neurociencias at Alicante) EiC of Neuroscience

    • How a paper is handled once submitted to a journal
    • What happens to your paper?
    • The ‘peer-review’ system
    • What the Editors do
    • What the Reviewers do
    • How to respond to Reviewers’ comments
    • Ethics of publishing (human subjects, animals, plagiarism)
    • What we expect in a good paper

    • History Symposium and History Corner

Organizer: FENS
Date: Friday, July 12th
Time: 13:10-15:00
Room: Baltic/Aegean
More details: FENS History of European Neuroscience & History Corner
For further information please contact: history@fens.org

The FENS History of European Neuroscience Committee is organising a symposium which will consist of talks on the history of neuroscience followed by a discussion with the audience. Snacks and drinks will be provided. The Committee also organises a History Corner during the FRM 2019, located in the poster area for the entire duration of the conference. Selected posters from the Poster Competition will be displayed. This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the history of neuroscience in Serbia, Romania and Turkey.


    • Dr. Lorenzo Lorusso, Chair of the FENS History Committee
    • Dr. Paul Bolam, FENS History Committee member and co-editor-in-chief of the European Journal of Neuroscience (EJN)
    • History Corner Best Poster Prize winner – “A Rising Phoenix: Dr. Aysima Altinok” by Ms. Merve Sevgi Ince
    • Acad. Ljubisa Rakic, President of the Serbian Neuroscience Society
    • Prof. Gönül Peker, Honorary President of the Neuroscience Society of Turkey
    • Prof. Octavian Buda, representing the National Neuroscience Society of Romania

    • CHET and the FENS-Kavli Scholars

Organizers: Higher Education and Training (CHET) and the FENS-Kavli Network of Excellence (FKNE)
Date: Saturday, July 13th
Time: 13:10-14:40
Room: Mediterranean/Adriatic
More details: CHET
For further information please contact: chet@fens.org & excellence_network@fens.org

This joint event organised by the Committee of Higher Education and Training (CHET) and the FENS-Kavli Network of Excellence (FKNE) will provide an overview on the training opportunities and activities offered by FENS-CHET, followed by the opportunity for an open discussion on decisions and strategies related to training in your scientific career with FKNE members. The discussion will be driven by questions from the audience, and can cover topics such as how to choose a PhD and postdoc lab, when to start the transition to scientific independence, which aspects of training had the greatest impact on the career of the panel members, and how to provide optimal training and mentorship to your lab members after reaching independence. The meeting will end with a light lunch, in an informal setting, and audience is encouraged to interact directly and ask questions to the presenters.

Training from the PI’s perspective

Chairs: Emre Yaksi & Johannes Letzkus

FENS-CHET Committee of Higher Education and Training:
Fabio Blandini, IRCCS Mondino Foundation, National Institute of Neurology

FENS-Kavli Scholars Panel discussion:
Ewelina Knapska (Warsaw, PL), FENS-Kavli Scholar, Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology, Warsaw, Poland
Balazs Hangya (Budapest, HU), FENS-Kavli Scholar,Institute of Experimental Medicine, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary
Emre Yaksi (Trondheim, NO), FENS-Kavli Scholar, Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience, NTNU, Trondheim, Norway
Johannes Letzkus (Frankfurt, DE), FENS-Kavli Scholar, Max Planck Institute for Brain Research, Frankfurt, Germany