Connecting European Neuroscience

Past History of Neuroscience Seminars

A local spreading of knowledge on the history of neuroscience using seminars, organised by History grants recipients throughout Europe, with a focus on the history of the 20th century.
Have a look at the past seminars.


MARCH (The Brain Awareness Week)

• Naples: on 18 March 2015, involving three secondary schools' students repectively coming from the "Liceo Statale Scientifico 'Giuseppe Mercalli'", the "Istituto Paritario Bianchi dei Padri Barnabiti" and the "Liceo Classico 'Umberto I'"; and organised by Dr. Gioacchino Tedeschi (University of Naples and Italian Society of Neurology- SIN) and Dr. Lorenzo Lorusso (Neurology Dept., Chiari and Chair of the FENS History Committee). Another session took place on 11 April 2015.

• Oxford: on 19 March 2015, the seminar "Neuroscience in Oxford: Four Centuries of Discovery"  


Oxfordon 12 May 2015, on "History of understanding of the cerebral cortex", at St John’s College.

Watch this seminar on FENS Youtube Channel  

• Venice: on 7 November 2015, on "The Contribution of Neuroscience in Veneto. Cultural and Medical-Scientific roots: actuality and perspectives" at the Sala San Domenico of the Ospedale Civile Ss. Giovanni e Paolo.

• Paris: on 3-4 December 2015, on "De l’Histoire des Neurosciences à la Neuropsychiatrie Moderne" at the ICM Auditorium in the Hôpital Pitié Salpêtrière, in collaboration with the Institut du Cerveau et de la moelle épinière (ICM).

• London: on 14 December 2015, on "Neuroscience - Past, Present and Future" at the Kings College London, for the 50th anniversary of the British Neuroscience Association (BNA)



• Moscow: on 26th May 2016, on "History of Clinical and Fundamental Neurology in Russia: Contribution to European Neuroscience", At the History of medicine center of  Moscow State, University of medicine and dentisrty Dolgorukovskaya, in collaboration with the Russian Neuroscience Society.  

• Copenhagen: At the FENS Forum 2016on 4th July 2016, on "An Evening at Medical Museion: "The History of  Neuroscience in Scandinavia" in the anatomy auditorium of the Medical Museion of Copenhagen. The symposium was followed by guided tours of the Museion. 

• Maastricht: as a session of the International Society for the History of the Neurosciences (ISHN) meeting on July 11-15, 2016.

• Madrid: 24 November 2016, on "The dawn of Spanish Neuroscience", in partnership with the Instituto Cajal (CSIC) and the Sociedad Española de Neurociencia 


• Paris: 8 December, on “La mémoire, histoire et actualité”, in collaboration with l’Institut du cerveau et de la moelle épinière (ICM) and the Société Française de Neurologie (SFN).

• Milan: 14 December, on "History and Protagonists of the Neuropsychiatry in Lombardy", in collaboration with Fondazione IRCCS Cà Granda Ospedale Maggiore PoliclinicoFondazione IRCCS Istituto Neurologico C. Besta and Società Italiana di Neurologia (SIN).




• St Petersburg: 17-19 April, Scientific Forum devoted to the 100th anniversary of the Russian Physiological Society created by Ivan .P. Pavlov, at the Pavlov Institute of Physiology of the Russian Academy of Sciences.


• Turin: 4 May, Seminar on the History of Neuroscience in Turin, organised by the University of Turin and the Italian Neuroscience Society.

• Bordeaux: 19 May, History session at the French Neuroscience Society meeting - NeuroFrance 2017 (17-19 May).


• Besançon (France): 19-23 June, History session at the 22nd meeting of the International Society for the History of the Neurosciences (ISHN).


• Pécs (Hungary): 22 SeptemberHistory Special Event at the FENS Regional Meeting (FRM), on "The history of neuroscience in central and eastern Europe during and after communism”.

• Ischia (Naples, Italy): 4 October, History Symposium on “Visions in Neurosciences” at the National Congress of the Italian Neuroscience Society (SINS).


• Milan: 14 November, a seminar on the 200 anniversary of the description of Parkinson disease, organised at and in partnership with the Fondazione I.R.C.C.S. Istituto Neurologico Carlo Besta.

• Pavia (Italy): 22-23 November, the centenary conference "Disease mechanisms, new diagnostic and therapeutic directions in neurology" of the Neurology Institute "Casimiro Mondino".


• Paris: 7 December, "Bicentenaire de la publication : 'An Essay on the Shaking Palsy' de James Parkinson", organised at and in partnership with the Institut du cerveau et de la moelle épinière (ICM).


• Oslo: 3 May, "Nansen's Doctorate and the Neuron Doctrine - 130th Anniversary Symposium" organised by the the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.

• Milan: 11 May, "Déjerine, 100 years of therapies across one century of neurology" organised by the Scientific Library of the the Fondazione I.R.C.C.S. Istituto Neurologico Carlo Besta.  

•  Berlin: 8 July, History Session of the FENS Forum 2018: "An evening at the Berlin Museum of Medical History: the German Contribution to the History of Neuroscience", held at the Berlin Museum of Medical History at the Charité.

•  Milan: 
18 October, the 100 years of Neuroscience, 100 years of the Istituto Neurologico Carlo Besta, held at the Palazzo di Brera and organised by Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Neurologico "Carlo Besta".


•  Paris: on 6 December, the seminar on "Histoire des connaissances du lobe frontal" is organised at the Institut du Cerveau et de la Moëlle épinière (ICM), in collaboration with INSERM, the Laboratoire SPHÈRE and the Société française des Neurosciences.

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Videos of History Seminar

Watch the seminar "History of Understanding of the Cerebral Cortex" on FENS Youtube Channel.

Learn about the work of Galileo in the 17th Century, the history of binocular vision or the stories hiding behind the histological slides in the Sherrington Box.