Connecting European Neuroscience

Call for ideas for training activities and The Brain Conferences

FENS and its partners hold a call every September to invite scientists - students and established researchers - from all domains in neuroscience, to support the FENS educational and training programme by suggesting ideas for topics and themes.

The next call for ideas for topics and themes for the following educational and training activities will open in September 2021:

FENS Summer and Winter Schools, in collaboration with the Society for Neuroscience and the Hertie Foundation respectively. FENS summer and winter schools last 1 week and are focused on defined topics in neuroscience. Chaired and taught in intimate settings by invited international renowned experts, FENS schools offer a framework where PhD students and early career scientists may expand their professional horizon, get exposed to new ideas and discuss concepts of modern neuroscience in an informal atmosphere.

CAJAL Advanced Neuroscience Training Programme: in partnership with IBRO, The Gatsby Charitable Foundation, the University of Bordeaux and the Champalimaud Foundation, FENS offers a programme of 2-3 week hands-on training courses. The advanced training courses may be either purely technical or have a topic-related focus within a framework of technical advances. Six courses are organised per year.

- The Brain Conferences establish a series of high-level meetings on neuroscience in Europe. Organised by FENS in collaboration with The Brain Prize, these bi-annual conferences bring together outstanding researchers in key areas of contemporary neuroscience to discuss current concepts and define challenges for future research. They usually last 4 days.

This call for ideas represents an open channel for neuroscientists at all stages of their career and from all backgrounds to propose topics and themes to FENS and its partners, which they consider of interest for the neuroscience community. In this manner, neuroscientists themselves can influence the direction and content of these schools and advanced training courses, offered in Europe.

Based on the submitted pool of ideas, a dedicated selection board consisting of neuroscientists that are appointed ex-officio by the partnering institutions will select the topics and themes for the CAJAL courses and neuroscience schools or conferences that will be organised in the year of the call +2. 

Disclaimer: please note that the call for ideas is not a call for organisers. Topics and ideas may be accepted entirely as submitted or may serve as inspiration, in the context of other submitted proposals, to generate related topics and themes. The organisation of educational events, however, will be appointed by the Schools and CAJAL selection board.