Special Interest Events

Special Interest Events

Sunday, 8 July 2018

12:30 - 13:30

The Crisis of Reproducibility in Biology

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

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

18:45 - 21:00

Dealing with Gender-Bias in Neuroscience (former WiN)

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

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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Structuring the future of brain research in Europe

Venue: Berlin CityCube

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.


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

13:10 - 13:30

Neuroscience Outreach Awards Ceremony

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.

17:10 - 17:30

Awarding Ceremony: Mentoring and PhD Thesis Prizes 2018

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.

18:45 - 20:30

Collaboration without borders: 'The Science Bridge' 

The Science Bridge’ is a non-profit initiative that aims to connect scientists from different cultural backgrounds. We hope to achieve two goals: (1) accelerate scientific progress by creating entirely new global collaboration opportunities and (2) foster peace and harmony by connecting researchers from different nations to build a better future together. Our first project aims to engage group leaders and students from the West and Middle-East/South-Asia (i.e. from Germany, Israel, Pakistan, US, Iran and Egypt) to build trust and friendship, decrease bias and stereotypes and to enable new fruitful collaborations for the benefit of scientific progress. For this FENS event, we have invited speakers from Israel, Pakistan, Germany and Egypt to talk about essential focus areas for neuroscience collaborations (i.e. psychiatry in Western and Middle-Eastern countries) and how working together on these issues might bring our communities closer together as one humanity. 

If you share our vision on the importance of science and harmony for a better world, we invite you to come to our meeting and share your ideas or to simply listen, widen your horizon and enjoy the company. There will be free beer, drinks and food for everybody.

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

12:30 - 13:30

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

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

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

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 

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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