Connecting European Neuroscience


ENCODS 2018: 5-6 July 2018, Berlin, Germany


Programme highlights:

Science & Society session: Methods of an Embodied Mind

As modern science impacts all areas of our everyday lives, ENCODS 2018 strives to provide participants with examples of how their scientific research can be used outside the lab. With the goal of inspiring scientists to reflect on how their own research can be incorporated into society, the Science & Society Session, titled “Methods of an Embodied Mind” will focus on sociological, philosophical and artistic applications of neuroscience. Curated and moderated by Dr. Lindsay Petley-Ragan, the panel will investigate the specific theme of embodied cognition as it relates to virtual reality, dance, mental illness and music.

The session will include a discussion with Kalina Bertin (Montreal, CAN), director of ManicVR, a new virtual reality experience that simulates the development of bipolar disorder, Carolien Hermans (Utrecht, NL), a dancer investigating educational dance models for children with special needs, and Dr. Luc Nijs (Ghent, BEL), a musician researching the musician-instrument relationship as it relates to body movement. This session explores the relationship between mind and body through art and science and has been generously supported by the Schering Stiftung, Berlin.


The purpose of our interactive program is to create the opportunity for speakers and participants to interact in a less formal environment. Hence, we will incorporate an afternoon of unconference. An unconference, an unconventional conference, is a participant-driven and interaction-focused format developed by the technology and IT scene. The agenda is decided by the participants during the marketplace, where every participant can propose a session. Sessions are not constrained to a specific form, but should be conversation rather than presentation focused. Session subjects could be exchanging lab experiences, communal literature reviews, PI interviews, mini hackathons, and hands-on tutorials on cool tools, to mention some examples.