FENS and partner events at the FENS Regional Meeting 2023

21 March 2023

FENS News, Neuroscience News, Society & Partner News

The FENS Regional Meeting 2023 features a complete programme of outstanding talks, scientific symposia and events to learn about the latest developments in neuroscience research.

Don’t know where to start? Check the FENS and partner events organised on science communication, career development, training opportunities, animal research and much more.

Have a look and organise your schedule to get the most out of the FRM 2023!

1-2 May 2023 – Satellite events


The ENCODS 2023 “Labcoats and Laptops: Neuroscience through different lenses” is a conference organised by PhD students for PhD students. This unique experience offers early-career neuroscientists a place for scientific exchange with international experts through poster sessions, presentations and workshops. Join ENCODS 2023 and meet with peers from different fields to learn new techniques, create partnerships and face the latest neuroscience challenges together.

Time: 9:30 - 20:30
Location: University of Algarve: Gambelas Campus Faro, Portugal
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Organised by the European Neuroscience Conference by Doctoral Students.

Wednesday 3 May 2023

EJN Best Publication Award 2023 Lecture

In collaboration with FENS and Wiley, the European Journal of Neuroscience (EJN) recognises the best research article published in EJN over the preceding two-year period through the “Best Publication Award”.

Organised by European Journal of Neuroscience, the official journal of FENS.

Time: 14:15 - 14:45 GMT, 15:15 - 15:45 CEST
Location: Auditorium
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Animal Research: Time to Talk!

Join the FENS Committee on Animal in Research (CARE) and EARA to discover how openness and transparency about the use of animal models in scientific and medical research can help improve public acceptance and understanding of their relevance.

Time: 18:30 - 20:00 GMT, 19:30 - 21:00 CEST
Location: Room Alcoutim
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Contributions generated from the Iberian Peninsula to the foundation of modern Neuroscience

Join the FENS History Committee to discover the contributions developed in Portugal and Spain and that started a transforming era for brain research.

Discover alongside the FENS History Committee the contributions from Portugal and Spain that shaped brain research.

Time: 18:30 - 20:00 GMT, 19:30 - 21:00 CEST
Location: Room Monchique
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Thursday 4 May 2023

EJN Workshop: Handling, Review and Publication of EJN Manuscripts

Organised by the European Journal of Neuroscience, the EJN Senior Editors will discuss various topics related to the submission, handling and peer-review of scientific articles published in the official journal of FENS.

Time: 10:00 - 11:00 GMT, 11:00 - 12:00 CEST
Location: Room Albufeira
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Brain Prize Lecture “ Brainstem circuits for locomotion in the healthy and diseased brain”

This lecture will focus on recent advances that have elucidated the functional organisation of brainstem motor circuits in mammals needed to perform these roles. It will show that designated command pathways in the brainstem control the episodic expression of locomotion and that directionality of locomotion is controlled by activity in discrete brainstem circuits. The lecture will also show how these brainstem circuits are linked to higher brain centres and how locomotor disturbances following e.g. basal ganglia disorders affect these circuits and may be alleviated by targeted manipulation brainstem command pathways.

Ole Kiehn, Professor MD, Dr Sci – Department of Neuroscience, University of Copenhagen, Denmark and Department of Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden. Kiehn has been appointed FENS President Elect 2024-2026.

Founded by Lundbeck Foundation.

Time: 17:30 - 18:30 GMT, 18:30 - 19:30 CEST
Location: Auditorium
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Friday 5 May 2023

A world full of opportunities: What career paths for neuroscientists?

Why do I do, what do I do and what did I do to do it?
Four inspiring representatives from business, pharma, education, and publishing sectors will reveal how their neuroscience background successfully contributed to their career paths.

This special event is dedicated to students and early career scientists attending the FENS Regional Meeting 2023.

Time: 9:30 - 11:00 GMT, 10:30 - 12:00 CEST
Location: Room Alcoutim
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Organised by the FENS Committee for Higher Education and Training (CHET)

Neuroscience communication: what, how and why?

Science is not finished until it is communicated
Talking about your research to the general public can seem less exciting than discussing findings  with your peers, but sharing knowledge is of utmost importance, as well as informing the public about the benefits and implications of recent discoveries.

Join this special event to discover the power of science communication and learn how to identify your audience, choose the best communication strategies for your audience, how to develop collaborations across sectors and open the door to unexpected opportunities.

Time: 13:45 - 16:30 GMT, 14:45 - 17:30 CEST
Location: Room Alcoutim
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Organised by the FENS Communication Committee

ALBA Network Events

ALBA-FKNE Diversity Prize

The ALBA-FKNE Diversity Prize is awarded by the ALBA Network and the FENS-Kavli Network of Excellence to highlight a scientist or group that has made outstanding contributions to promoting equality and diversity in brain sciences.

Date: 4 May 2023 
: 16:00- 16:15 GMT, 17:00 - 17:15 CEST
Location: Auditorium
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Organised by the ALBA Network and FKNE

ALBA Network Mentoring Circles: discussions on diversity and inclusion in neuroscience

These mentoring circles will facilitate discussions on various topics at the heart of equity, diversity, and inclusion in neuroscience in the Southern Europe region and will explore concrete actions needed to fight discrimination, that would promote inclusion at the individual, lab, and organisational levels. This event is targeted at researchers at all career stages, from graduate school to senior positions in neuroscience and related fields.

Date: 5 May 2023 
: 11:15 - 12:45 GMT, 12:15 - 13:45 CEST
Location: Room Albufeira
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Organised by the ALBA Network

FENS-Kavli Network of Excellence Event

From Molecules to Memories: exploiting a multiplicity of approaches to achieve a holistic understanding of brain functions within the FENS-Kavli Network of Excellence

The establishment of a cooperative network composed of individuals with different backgrounds and expertise has been key to the success of daring enterprises like the Space Race or the discovery of elementary particles and basic building blocks of matter.

In this symposium, the speakers will explore a cross-section of the diversity of approaches by which FKNE scholars intend to deepen our understanding of brain functions, from development to ageing, from molecules to networks, all the way up until humans.

Date: 5 May 2023
: 13:45 - 16:30 GMT, 14:45 - 17:30 CEST
Location: Room Monchique
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Organised by FENS-Kavli Network of Excellence Event

Discover the full programme of the FENS Regional Meeting on the FRM website.

Organised by the Portuguese Society for Neuroscience, the FRM 2023 will take place in person on 3-5 May 2023 in Algarve, Portugal.

The FENS Regional Meeting 2023 is organised with the support of FENS.