Connecting European Neuroscience

The Partners of the CAJAL Programme

There are partner organisations involved at different levels in the CAJAL Advanced Neuroscience Training Programme. Each of them contribute to the quality of the training programme, using their specific knowledge and expertise.

The funding partners 

Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS)


The Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS) is the main organisation for neuroscience in Europe. FENS currently represents 44 European national and mono-disciplinary neuroscience societies with close to 23,000 member scientists from 33 European countries. FENS promotes neuroscience research to policy-makers, funding bodies and the general public, both regionally and internationally. 


International Brain Research Organization (IBRO)


IBRO is a union of neuroscience organizations with the aim to promote and support neuroscience training and collaborative research around the world. More than 80 international, national and regional scientific organizations constitute IBRO's Governing Council, which together with the five IBRO Regional Committees launch the educational programs that reach young neuroscientists in need of support and assistance.


The Gatsby Charitable Foundation



In 1967 David Sainsbury set up the Gatsby Charitable Foundation and agreed its first grant – £50 to the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. David Sainsbury (now Lord Sainsbury of Turville) has since given Gatsby more than £1 billion to distribute to charitable causes. Gatsby works in areas that David Sainsbury and the Trustees are particularly passionate about and where they believe charitable funding can make a real difference. Gatsby is currently active in: Plant Science, Neuroscience, Education, Africa, Public Policy, Arts.
In 2015, the Gatsby Charitable Foundation allocated four stipends to the CAJAL Programme; two for the Behaviour and Neural Systems course and two for the Advanced Course in Computational Neuroscience.


The venue partners 

University of Bordeaux - Bordeaux School of Neuroscience

The Bordeaux School of Neuroscience is part of Bordeaux Neurocampus, the Neuroscience Department of the University of Bordeaux. It was founded in 2015 by Christophe Mulle, its current director. Training in neuroscience research through experimental practice, within the framework of a real research laboratory : it is on this principle that the School works. Their dedicated laboratory (500m2), available for 20 trainees, is equipped with a wet lab, an in vitro and in vivo electrophysiology room, IT facilities, a standard cellular imaging room, a behavioral animal facility and catering/meeting spaces. They also have access to high level core facilities. They offer their services to international training teams who wish to organize courses in all fields of neuroscience thanks to a dedicated staff for the full logistics and administration, 2 scientific managers in support of the experimentation, an on-site catering and the organization of social events. Throughout the year, renowned researchers, promising young researchers and many students from any geographical horizon come to the School. Thus, it contributes greatly to the reputation of Bordeaux as a stronghold of neuroscience.

The Champalimaud Foundation

The mission of the Champalimaud Foundation is to develop programmes of advanced biomedical research and provide clinical care of excellence, with a focus on translating pioneering scientific discoveries into solutions, which can improve the quality of life of individuals around the world. This is done with independence, rigour, dedication, creativity and with a commitment to meet the highest ethical and scientific standards.

The course partners

The course partners financially support and organise a specific CAJAL course.



ERA-NET NEURON is an umbrella for activities integrating the key-elements of Joint Transnational Calls for proposals (JTCs), thematic foresight workshops with renowned researchers and a number of activities devoted to support early career researchers, e.g. the Excellent Paper in Neuroscience Award (EPNA). Since 2007 ERA-NET NEURON creates a strategically operating group of research funding organizations in Europe and beyond to implement research funding programs in the area of brain diseases. ERA-NETs are projects funded by the European Commission in various research fields that offer new types of co-operation between European ministries and funding agencies. By co-operation and co-ordination on a national or regional level between funding bodies, a European Research Area is created in which cross border research is funded, allowing research groups to jointly work on specific problems, exchange ideas, and benefit from interdisciplinary expertise. Twenty-five funding organizations from 14 EU countries, Israel and Turkey as EU-associated countries, and Norway and Canada participate in ERA-NET NEURON for disease-related neuroscience. One of the key-elements of ERA-NET NEURON is the support of early career researchers with a publication award, travel grants to attend a MidTerm symposium, a poster prize and - newly – cooperation with the Cajal Advanced Neuroscience Training Programme for the establishment of a CAJAL partner course linked to neural development. Since 2008 twelve JTCs have been launched for neurodegeneration, new technologies, stroke, mental disorders neuroinflammation, neurodevelopmental disorders and neuroethics.


INCF (International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility)


INCF is an independent international organization with a mission to facilitate the work of neuroscientists around the world by catalyzing and coordinating the global development of neuroinformatics to catalyze insights into brain function in health and disease. Working toward this mission, we foster scientific collaboration, advance training in neuroinformatics, and provide neuroinformatics tools and resources for the community. INCF also acts as an independent international facilitator in the global neuroscience network. INCF currently has Nodes spanning 4 continents, with an extended network comprising organizations, individual researchers, industry, and publishers.

ISN (International Society for Neurochemistry)



The International Society for Neurochemistry (ISN) has a proud history dating back to its establishment in 1965 and publishes the Journal of Neurochemistry. ISN as the sole international society focused on neurochemistry strives to promote all relevant aspects of molecular and cellular neuroscience. ISN is a nonprofit membership organization of scientists and physicians who are active in the field of neurochemistry, cell and molecular neuroscience or related areas. In partnership with the CAJAL Programme, the International Society for Neurochemistry (ISN) is organising the CAJAL-ISN course: Glial cells in health and disease 2016.

The Brain Prize



Grete Lundbeck European Brain Research Prize – ‘The Brain Prize’- is awarded to one or more scientists who have distinguished themselves by an outstanding contribution to European neuroscience and who are still active in research.

The Brain Prize recognises highly original and influential advances in any area of neuroscience, including fundamental research on molecular, cellular, physiological and pharmacological mechanisms, studies of behaviour and cognition, advances in technology for monitoring the nervous system, translational research on the application of basic knowledge to clinical and other problems of humankind, and clinical research on the causes, treatment and prevention of neurological and psychiatric disorders. If several researchers have contributed significantly to this achievement, more than one individual may be nominated. Nominees can be of any nationality, but the research for which they are nominated must have been in Europe or in collaboration with researchers in Europe.

Only nominated candidates will be considered by the Selection Committee. Nominations are valid for three years. The € 1 million prize is a personal prize.


Other partners

Other partners, such as sponsors, financially support a specific CAJAL course by giving stipends or covering a part of the course expenses. 

Bordeaux Imaging Center (BIC)

The Bordeaux Imaging Center (BIC) provides services, training and technological innovation in cellular imaging to academic and private scientific communities, mainly in life, health and plant sciences. The BIC is part of the national infrastructure France BioImaging and european infrastructure Euro BioImaging. Flagship activities and developments include superresolution and live cell imaging, cryo methods and electron microscopy.



Google Inc. is an American multinational technology company specializing in Internet-related services and products. These include online advertising technologies, search, cloud computing, and software.
Google sponsored the CAJAL Advanced Course in Computational Neuroscience 2015, allowing to reduce the registration fee of 22 students. 

The Company of Biologists

The Company of Biologists is a not-for-profit publishing organisation dedicated to supporting and inspiring the biological community. We are run by distinguished practicing scientists. We exist to profit science, not shareholders. We inspire new thinking and support the worldwide community of biologists.

We do this by publishing leading peer-reviewed journals, facilitating scientific meetings and communities, providing travel grants for young researchers and by supporting societies and gatherings.




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