Special Interest Events

Special Interest Events

Saturday, 7 July 2018

10:30 - 13:30

International Brain Bee Championship (IBB), Written Examinations

Venue: Berlin CityCube, Room M8

*Closed Session*

The International Brain Bee (IBB) is a non-profit global neuroscience outreach initiative aimed at reaching, engaging, and teaching high school students about brain sciences by hosting neuroscience competitions. Each year nearly 50,000 students participate in over 150 different IBB neuroscience competitions series, in 60 countries, spread across 6 different continents. These neuroscience competitions culminate into the World Brain Bee Championships, of which this year we have the National Champions representing 26 different countries. For this closed session of the competition, students will first be quizzed in a range of neuroscience related questions followed by a patient diagnosis exam, requiring the use of mock clinical records to diagnosis and prescribe the required treatment for a given patient's neurological disorder. 


Sunday, 8 July 2018

10:00 - 12:30

International Brain Bee Championship (IBB), Live Judging Session

Venue: Berlin CityCube, M8

The International Brain Bee (IBB) is a non-profit global neuroscience outreach initiative aimed at reaching, engaging, and teaching high school students about brain sciences by hosting neuroscience competitions. Each year, nearly 50,000 students participate in over 150 different IBB neuroscience competitions series, in 60 countries, spread across 6 different continents. These neuroscience competitions culminate into the World Brain Bee Championships, of which this year we have the National Champions representing 26 different countries. For this final stage of the competition, students will be asked a range of questions by a panel of top neuroscientists. This podium round is open to FENS Forum attendees.

Invited Judges:

Prof. Dr. Leslie B. Vosshall (USA), the Robin Chemers Neustein Professor at the Rockefeller University, Head of the Laboratory of Neurogenetics and Behavior, and Director of the Kavli Neural Systems Institute at The Rockefeller University.

Prof. Dr. Paul Bolam (UK), Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal of Neuroscience and Professor Emeritus of the University of Oxford.

Prof. Dr. Eero Castrén (Finland), Professor at the University of Helsinki and the Director of the Neuroscience Center (NC) in Helsinki.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nicolas Caesar Petersen (Denmark, Australia), Professor at the University of Copenhagen and University of Queensland, Australia and Chair of the FENS 10th Forum Host Society Committee 

Prof. Dr. Imre Vida (Germany), Professor at the Charité University in Berlin and the Director of the Institute for Integrative Neuroanatomy. 


12:30 - 13:30

The Crisis of Reproducibility in Biology

Venue: Berlin CityCube, Hall A1

The crisis in reproducibility in biology, from which neuroscience is not immune, has many causes. This workshop will discuss the wide-ranging issues that contribute to irreproducibility. It will focus on the bias in dissemination of experimental data from the point of view of journals, funding agencies and the general media.

The structure of the workshop will bring together scientists, publishers and journalists, as well representatives from funding agencies. We aim to draw up a list of obstacles that currently prevent us from responding optimally to this crisis as a basis for ongoing discussions within FENS.

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This special interest event is jointly organised by the FENS Communication Committee and the FENS Committee of Higher Education and Training (CHET).


12:30 - 13:30

Communicating Animal Research: Challenges and Opportunities

Venue: Berlin CityCube, Hall A2

In times of a globally increasing mistrust in science and scientists, animal research remains an especially contentious issue. There is strong and vocal opposition not just to research with non-human primates but to the use of all animal models in scientific research. Activist campaigns have targeted both private and public research. It is clear that neuroscientists must be ready to counter opposition to their work.

Unfortunately public engagement by many European researchers and institutions remains hesitant, and often defensive. This lack of positive communication allows the voices of those opposed to animal research to dominate public discourse; 'alternative facts' become perceived truths with the result that public and political opinion is often uncertain on the use of animals in research. 

Countering these global PR campaigns necessitates the delivery of comprehensive and balanced information to the public on the benefits for humans and animals of the use of animal models in scientific research. Pro-active communication, and openness on animal research will encourage public trust, and allow the scientific community to speak with a united voice. In doing so, this prevents individuals and organisations from being isolated. Non- communication will only prolong opposition and mistrust.

Preliminary Agenda


17:15 - 17:30

International Brain Bee Championship (IBB), Awards Ceremony

Venue: Berlin CityCube, Hall B

The International Brain Bee (IBB) is a non-profit global neuroscience outreach initiative aimed at reaching, engaging, and teaching high school students about brain sciences by hosting neuroscience competitions. Each year, nearly 50,000 students participate in over 150 different IBB neuroscience competition series, in 60 countries, spread across 6 different continents. These neuroscience competitions culminate into the World Brain Bee Championships, of which this year we have the National Champions representing 26 different countries. After completing all 5-stages of the competition, we are recognizing the participation of this year's National Champions and are announcing the 2018 World Brain Bee Champion. This year's International Champion will receive a cash prize and an international research stay. 


18:45 - 21:15

Dealing with Gender-Bias in Neuroscience (former WiN)

Venue: Berlin CityCube, Hall A1

Although the scientific method is meant to be objective, science is not bias-free.

Conscious and unconscious biases are a well-known phenomenon spanning through various aspects of our working life, from scientific research to research funding and academic positions. An example of this is provided by gender bias in research.

FENS is committed to the advancement of gender equality in science and the event will provide opportunities to discuss topics which are relevant to the current situation of women and men in science. This would include gender statistics related to research funding, ways of combining career progress with family and parenting, and ongoing initiatives to support women and men in science.

This highly interactive event will provide attendees with knowledge, inspiration and networking opportunities. 

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Monday, 9 July 2018

12:00 - 13:30

Alternative Careers for Neuroscientists

Venue: Berlin CityCube, Hall A1

This interactive 'Special Interest Event' allows you as FORUM participant to meet with representatives from business, science management, industry and public sectors, all with a neuroscience background. The speakers will share with you how their neuroscience background contributed to their career-paths.

This special interest event is jointly organised by the Host Society Committee and the Committee of Higher Education and Training (CHET).

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12:30-13:30

European Research Council: Funding opportunities for investigator-driven research in Europe

Venue: Berlin CityCube, Hall A1
Host: European Research Council

The European Research Council (ERC) is an organisation of the EU aimed at funding excellence in investigator-driven research. The ERC is very active in supporting cutting-edge and innovative research in all fields of neuroscience. With 4 main granting schemes, the ERC supports researchers at different stages of their careers. Besides giving details on these different schemes and how to apply, this session will also be a unique opportunity to meet with ERC grantees presenting their project and sharing their ERC experience.

Speakers:

Prof. Carmen Sandi, FENS President-Elect, Director of the Brain Mind Institute, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland

Dr Nicolas Voilley, Research Programme Officer for Neuroscience, European Research Council (ERC)

Dr Laura Cancedda, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Genova, Italy

Dr Tomás Ryan, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland


12:30-13:30

Structuring the future of brain research in Europe

Venue: Berlin CityCube, Hall A2
Organisers: European Brain Council
Contact Person: Stephanie Kramer
Email: projects@braincouncil.eu

In 2018, the European Commission is expected to submit proposals for a mission-oriented and impact-focused 9th Framework Programme. In view of the preparations for the forthcoming EU research scheme, the European Brain Council (EBC) aims to bring attention to the current barriers that affect basic and translational research and facilitate an exchange of views on how the post-2020 Framework Programme can make a real difference for patients living with brain disorders. The session will explore how the 9th Framework Programme can accelerate brain research across Europe.

Speakers:

Prof. Monica Di Luca, EBC President - EBC Position on FP9

Prof. Patrik Verstreken, Scientific Director & Group Leader, VIB Center for Brain & Disease Research, KU Leuven - Scientist Perspective on FP9 


13:10 - 13:30

Neuroscience Outreach Awards Ceremony

Venue: Berlin CityCube, Hall A8

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


17:15 - 17:30

Award Ceremony: Mentoring and PhD Thesis Prizes 2018

Venue: Berlin CityCube, Hall B

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.

Applications for PhD Thesis Prize and Mentoring Prize closed on 1 March 2018.

The recipients of the two Prizes will be publicly announced at the FENS Forum 2018.

For detailed information and the online application, please visit the FENS-Kavli Scholars webpage.


Tuesday, 10 July 2018

12:30 - 13:30

Publishing Workshop: What happens to your paper when submitted to a journal?

Venue: Berlin CityCube, Hall A7

Topics to be covered:
1. How a paper is handled once submitted to a journal
2. What happens to your paper?
3. The ‘peer-review’ system
4. What the Editors do
5. What the Reviewers do
6. Exercise: Looking at ‘good’ and ‘bad’ reviews
7. How to respond to Reviewers’ comments
8. Ethics of publishing (human subjects, animals, plagiarism)
9. What we expect in a good paper
10. Exercise: Looking at ‘good’ and ‘bad’ abstracts

This special interest event is jointly organised by the European Journal of Neuroscience and Neuroscience.  


Start your lab (I and II)

Host: FENS-Kavli Network of Excellence (FKNE)

Organised by the FENS-Kavli Network of Excellence (FKNE) under the umbrella of the FENS Committee for Higher Education and Training (CHET), the event will focus on topics relevant for senior postdocs and newly appointed PI who want to start their own lab. The approached themes include: how to get the first PI position, selection of team members, application and management of funds, early-career mobility, and balancing family with career.

The overall aim of the event is to bring together senior postdocs and recently appointed PI with mid carrier FKNE PIs to share concrete experiences and problem solving skills, but also to start to create a network among the future generation of PIs.

The event is structured in two main sessions:

Start your lab (I): 12:30 -13:30

Venue: Berlin CityCube, Hall A2

Scheduled as a lunch seminar, the topics mentioned above will be addressed in a series of short talks by the FENS-Kavli Scholars.

This event is open to all FENS Forum attendees.

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Start your lab (II): 18:45 – 20:15

Venue: Berlin CityCube, Room M8

During the evening session - workshop format - several round tables will be organised simultaneously, and the afore-mentioned topics from the lunch seminar session will be discussed in-depth between the FENS-Kavli Scholars and selected participants.

This evening workshop is limited to 50 participants. No registration fee envisioned.
Priority in selection will be given to postdocs and recently appointed PI.
Pre-registration and selection required.

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Submit here your application to attend the workshop.

Application deadline: 25 May 2018.


15:00 - 17:00

NENS Graduate School Fair & Best Students' Posters 

Venue: Berlin CityCube, Exhibition Area, Hall 4.2
Host: FENS-CHET (NENS)
Contact person: Mihaela Vincze 
Email: nens@fens.org

The Network of European Neuroscience Schools (NENS) brings together over 160 graduate neuroscience  schools and programmes across approximately 30 European countries.

MSc and PhD neuroscience school programmes will present themselves during the NENS Graduate School Fair throughout the FENS Forum 2018. 

We are looking forward to welcome you to the NENS Fair, which provides you with the opportunity to get detailed insights into the graduate neuroscience programmes attending the Fair.
Further, you will have the chance to see the work of the students enrolled in these graduate schools: the best 10 selected posters of the school programmes registered with NENS will be displayed as well at the Fair.

Students are particularly encouraged to visit the NENS Fair area. 
Be there at the official NENS fair session taking place on 10 July from 15:00 - 17:00: the time when all school representatives and selected students will be there to present their programmes and work and answer your questions.



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