Networking Events

Networking Events

The call for FENS Forum 2018 Networking Event Proposals is now closed.

Saturday, 7 July 2018


FENS-Kavli Scholars' social

Venue: Berlin CityCube, A-Halls Foyer, Level 1
Host: FENS-Kavli Network of Excellence
Contact person: Mihaela Vincze

Are you a student or postdoc with questions about PI life? Are you a group leader curious about others' experiences? Join us at the FENS-Kavli Scholars' social and get a chance to discuss with mid-career neuroscientists in an informal, relaxed atmosphere. Importantly, free drinks and snacks will be served.

Sunday, 8 July 2018


International Neuroethics Society Event - Make your voice heard on how brain research is used

Venue: Berlin CityCube, Room M8
Host: International Neuroethics Society
Contact Person: Elaine Snell


Annual general meeting of the German Neuroscience Society (GNS/NWG)

Venue: Berlin CityCube, Room M4
Host: German Neuroscience Society (GNS/NWG)
Contact Person: Meino Alexandra Gibson


Hellenic Society for Neuroscience: Meet the Greeks!

Venue: Berlin CityCube, Hall A7
Host: Hellenic Society for Neuroscience
Contact Person: Christina Dalla

We invite all Greek neuroscientists, working in Greece and abroad, as well as friends, to join us at this event, in order to mingle and network. If you work outside Greece, this is a great opportunity to get to know HSfN. If you are already a member, you can catch up with old colleagues, friends and students! We hope that this networking event will foster new research collaborations and will strengthen ties and friendships.

If you want to join us for dinner and drinks after the event, please e-mail us at at least two weeks in advance.

More information will follow at


Global Advocacy Initiative Networking Reception

Venue: Berlin CityCube, Room M8
Organisers: IBRO, International Brain Research Organization
Contact Person: Tasia Asakawa


New Horizons in Neuroscience: Solving membrane protein structures; biological and medical imaging; and high throughput drug screening

Venue: Berlin CityCube, Hall A2
Organisers: Instruct-ERIC, Euro-BioImaging and EU-OPENSCREEN
Contact Person: Naomi Gray

Join us for an interesting evening looking at transferable techniques for neurobiology. Prof Radu Aricescu from the University of Cambridge will present his latest research in the area of GABA receptor structure and function allowing fresh insights into inhibitory neurotransmission. He will share his experience in working with European research infrastructures and how open access to high-end technologies can enable cross-disciplinary, pioneering research projects. 

Network with other neuroscientists and find out about opportunities to benefit from free training and research visits to high end laboratories across Europe offering access to the latest technologies including cryo-Electron Microscopy, Xray spectroscopy, NMR, Nanobody discovery, selective plane illumination microscopy (SPIM), super resolution microscopy, multi-modal molecular imaging and high throughput drug screen technologies.

Beer and salty snacks will be served after the presentation.

Sponsored by Instruct-ERIC, Euro-BioImaging, EU-OPENSCREEN.


ESN & friends – get together to step forward

Venue: Berlin CityCube, Hall A3
Host: European Society for Neurochemistry (ESN)
Contact Person: Dr. Eva-Maria Blumrich


An evening at the Berlin Museum of Medical History: the German Contribution to the History of Neuroscience

Venue: Berlin Museum of Medical History at the Charité, Charitéplatz 1, 10117 Berlin
Host: FENS History Committee
Contact Person: Mathilde Maughan

The seminar will focus on Germany's important contribution to neuroscience in the 19th and 20th centuries. Particular emphasis will be placed on the emergence of neurophysiology and biophysics, and on how exchanges between scientists from Germany and the rest of Europe contributed to progress in these fields. These at times unlikely exchanges had an impact not only on scientific research but also on other disciplines, such as the influence of Herman von Helmholtz on the eminent French writer, Marcel Proust.

The seminar will be followed by a standing buffet and tour of the museum.

Registrations are closed. The event is fully booked.

An Evening of Science Café

Host: FENS-Kavli Network of Excellence
Contact person: Mihaela Vincze

Continuing the success of the Pub Talk events @ the FENS Forum Copenhagen in 2016, the FENS-Kavli Scholars have organised a Science Café series for the general public in informal settings.

Featured talks by FENS-Kavli Scholars will inspire discussions centered around emerging topics in neuroscience with direct relevance for society.

FENS Forum attendees are highly welcome to participate in these engaging discussions.

Come join in communicating neuroscience to the general public!

No registration required.

Free Drinks provided to the first 50 attendees to each of the 10 locations!

Download here the poster featuring all locations, talks and speakers.

For detailed information, please see the FENS-Kavli Scholars webpage.

Are you master of your impulses?
(5 pm, at Klunker Kranich)

David Belin, FENS-Kavli Scholar

University of Cambridge, UK


Can the brain cure the body? (8 pm, at Art Stalker)

Asya Rolls, FENS-Kavli Scholar

Technion, Israel Institute of Technology


Madness in the brain (8 pm, at Lawrence Restaurant)

Jeffrey Stedehoulder, FENS-Kavli Scholar Invited Speaker

Erasmus MC, Rotterdam


Getting nosey about brain repair (8 pm, at My Moon Café)

Matthew Grubb, FENS-Kavli Scholar

King's College London, UK


Stay flexible - how we learn and remember (8 pm, at Volksbar)

Johannes Letzkus, FENS-Kavli Scholar

Max Planck Institute for Brain Research, Germany

How dementia destroys the mind, and what we are doing to stop it (8 pm, at Brotfabrik)

Tara Spires-Jones, FENS-Kavli Scholar

University of Edinburgh, UK


Re-wiring the brain (8 pm, at Manstein 4 Café)

Éva Mikics, FENS-Kavli Scholar Invited Speaker

Hungarian Academy of Science, Budapest


The Nose Knows - A Tale of Odors, Sex and Violence (8 pm, at Prachtwerk)

Marc Spehr, FENS-Kavli Scholar

RWTC Aachen University, Germany


Dopamine, Serotonin, Noradrenaline, Acetylcholine: Your Inner Drug Store (8 pm, at Home Bar)

Balázs Hangya, FENS-Kavli Scholar

Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest


A look inside autistic brains (9 pm, at Babette Bar)

Gaia Novarino, FENS-Kavli Scholar

Institute of Science and Technology, Austria

Monday, 9 July, 2018


Network for Euro-Mediterranean collaborations

Venue: Berlin CityCube, Hall A2
Host: Mediterranean Neuroscience Society (MNS)
Contact Person: Giuseppe Di Giovanni

Get together neuroscientists from the Euro-Mediterranean area beyond to inform them on the role of the Mediterranean Neuroscience Society (MNS) in bridging the gap between the North and the South of the Mediterranean in the field of Neuroscience. Participants will be informed about the ongoing activities of the Society, its initiatives and events planned for 2018 and 2019.


The International Brain Initiative (IBI): Fostering Coordination and Collaborations around the World

Venue: Berlin CityCube, HallA7
ost: The Kavli Foundation
Contact person: Stephanie Albin

Countries around the world are investing in basic research to transform our knowledge of the brain. Join us for a short presentation to learn about the IBI and discuss your ideas for how the IBI can foster coordination across countries in areas such as: neuroethics, data sharing, and education/training. All are welcome to meet and mingle with IBI representatives over drinks and food. 


Synaptic Interaction Night

Venue: Berlin CityCube, Room M8
Host: Brose lab, Max-Planck Institute of Experimental Medicine and Rosenmund lab, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Contact person: Marcial Camacho Perez

Many successful projects in the field of synaptic transmission are conducted with the collaboration of several research groups. The aim of this networking event is to bring together senior and junior scientists studying presynaptic release mechanisms to increase scientific crosstalk about published and unpublished research, as well as to boost communication and new collaborations between laboratories. This event will encourage lively discussions on the current state of presynaptic mechanisms and functions as they relate to the broader field of synaptic transmission. This networking event welcomes participation from neuroscientists within and outside the EU.


Speed-dating with dinosaurs – Meet top scientists and experts from German funding organizations

Venue: Museum für Naturkunde Invalidenstraße 43, 10115 Berlin

Organisers: German Research Foundation - DFG

Contact Person(s): Andreas Görlich


Get in touch with internationally renowned scientists working in Germany and representatives of German funding organizations. Up to six participants will meet one mentor for 15 minutes at a time. Change tables to meet different representatives. After the speed-dating event there will be time to continue discussions in a relaxed atmosphere. RSVP here:


International Partnerships in Neuroscience

Venue: Berlin CityCube, Room M1+M2
Host(s): The Wellcome Trust
Contact person(s): Raliza Stoyanova

We invite other funders, industry representatives, and neuroscientists interested in collaborative/team science to join us for an informal networking event where we will briefly discuss funding/partnerships opportunities provided by Wellcome, and highlight large scale recent investments (e.g., the International Brain Lab). 

Tuesday, 10 July 2018


Next Generation Networks in Neuroscience: Networking, Training and Funding Opportunities in Neurosciences for the next generation of researchers

Venue: Berlin CityCube, A-Halls Foyer, Level 1
Host: FENS-CHET, ERA-NET NEURON & HBP Education Programme 
Contact persons: 
FENS-CHET: Mihaela Vincze
HBP Education Programme: Tina Kokan

Are you interested in developing your career perspectives and collaborations options? Join our networking event - meet and mingle with music, drinks and food, while getting updates on support possibilities, training, educational opportunities (or possibilities) and available financial aid. Meet the representatives of the host organisations: FENS-CHETERA-NET NEURON and HBP Education Programme

The recipients of the Best Poster Awards for MSc and PhD students enrolled with Network of European Neuroscience Schools (NENS) will be also announced during this social event.

Early-career scientists, students, alumni of FENS training activities and NENS representatives are warmly welcome!

No registration required.


'Minds Wide Open' - Documentary Premiere & Debate 

Venue: Berlin CityCube, Room M1+M2
Hosts: The Tianqiao and Chrissy Chen Institute (TCCI) & The European Brain Council (EBC)
Contact person: Stephanie Kramer

The European Brain Council will partner with the The Tianqiao and Chrissy Chen Institute (TCCI) to co-organise an event on the occasion of the European launch of 'MINDS WIDE OPEN', an innovative documentary featuring leading, international experts and compelling patient stories, makes the case that increased support is critical if we are to take advantage of this unparalleled opportunity to advance the science, unlock the wonders of the human mind and create a better world. 

A shortened version will be premiered, followed by a debate around the topic after the viewing. A reception will follow.

Opening and background introduction by Prof. Monica di Luca (EBC President)
Documentary launch (20 minute version)
Panel/Couch discussion moderated by Prof. Monica di Luca; speakers include:
Dr. Megan Carey (FENS Kavli Network Scholar), Dr. Beth Stephens (Boston Children's Hospital) and Prof. Eero Castren (Incoming FENS Secretary General).
These contributions will be followed by a continued discussion with the audience over a networking reception. The objective of the event will be to create an atmosphere fostering interactions and discussions with and amongst participants.


The Grass Fellow network - the past and the future 

Venue: Naturkundemuseum/Natural History Museum, Invalidenstraße 43, 10115 Berlin, Germany
Host: The Grass Foundation at the Marine Biology Laboratory
Contact person: Arne Battefeld

The networking event brings together Grass Fellows from past years to reconnect and establish new contacts. PhD students and post-docs that are interested in the Grass Foundation and the Grass Fellowship can gather tips and information about the programme and application.

Meeting Point from 19:15: Haupteingang/Main Entrance of the Natural History Museum. From 20:30: Innenhof Naturkundemuseum/Biophysik


FENS-Kavli Scholars Reception

Venue: Lecture Hall Ruin, Berliner Medizinhistorisches Museum, Campus Charité, Mitte
HostFENS-Kavli Network of Excellence
Contact personMihaela Vincze

The FENS-Kavli Network of Excellence will host a unique 2018 Reception combining music and science, where passionate neuroscientists will share their love for music. A concert of classical music will be followed by cocktail and party nibbles until 11.30 pm. The musicians will include: Doris TSAO (Caltech, Pasadena), Matthew LARKUM (Humboldt, Berlin) and Heather COTTRELL at the violin, Ryuichi SHIGEMOTO (IST Austria, Klosterneuburg) at the cello, and Ryohei YASUDA (MPI Florida) at harpsichord.

The attendance of the reception is invitation-based and non-transferrable.

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