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SiE01- The Brain Debate

Room
Hall A
Date
11.07.2020, Saturday
Session Time
15:30 - 17:00
Session Description
Neuroscientists use a broad range of organisms (from worms, flies and zebrafish to rodents and primates, and now to organoids) to study brain function and behavior. This Brain Debate aims at illustrating why different scientists study different systems and what can be achieved with different approaches. Animal preparations are frequently presented as ‘model organisms’. Does this suggest that the ultimate goal of animal work should be to understand and treat the human brain? Translating animal brain research to clinical implications is certainly a key goal of a large part of the research carried out. The neuroscientific community may, however, have diverse views on the purpose of studying many systems, on what can be achieved with different brain ‘models’, and on what the ultimate goals of each research field and envisioned applications may be. In this Brain Debate, we will discuss the merits of focused and comparative approaches and reflect on our scientific mission and on our vision for the field.
Speakers and discussants:
Gilles Laurent - Frankfurt, Germany
Emre Yaksi - Trondheim, Norway
Christian Lüscher - Geneva, Switzerland
Guo-li Ming - Pennsylvania, USA
Angela Roberts - Cambridge, UK
Peter Dayan - Tübingen, Germany
Tracy Bale - Maryland, USA
Irene Tracey - Oxford, UK
Moderator:
Trevor Robbins - Cambridge, UK
Special interest event
Room
Hall A
Date
11.07.2020, Saturday
Session Time
17:15 - 18:00
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SiE17 - 21st century global neuroscience collaboration - sculpting a FAIR and open landscape

Room
Hall D
Date
12.07.2020, Sunday
Session Time
12:00 - 13:30
Session Description
The emergence of a number of international collaboratives generating vast amounts of brain big data have generated a demand for data sharing that will require an unprecedented level of cooperation to openly share not only our data, but also our tools for making data FAIR, and analyzable. The significant obstacles posed by different data sharing restrictions due to different privacy regulations (like GDPR), differences in the platform usability due to the needs of original stakeholders, or different national ethical restrictions on data acquisition and use, create a confounding landscape for us to navigate. This event is designed to inform the community of the brain data-driven efforts in the international arena, and open the discussion as to how we can combine our resources to achieve greater international cooperation in openly sharing data, AI and best practices - to enable us all to move forward synergistically
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SiE02 - How society-owned journals handle your paper

Room
Hall A
Date
12.07.2020, Sunday
Session Time
12:30 - 13:30
Session Description
The most important skill a scientist needs, after the research and technical skills needed to execute a study, is the ability to report their scientific endeavours in the written form. Indeed, there is no point in conducting research if one cannot articulate new scientific knowledge. The aim of this workshop, which will be presented by the editors of four international, society-owned neuroscience journals, to discuss what happens to a paper once the ‘submit’ button is pressed. We will discuss what editors consider when deciding whether to review a paper, what we expect from reviewers, what we expect in a good paper, how journals expect data to be represented and statistical analyses reported and issues around journal metrics. Each of the editors will be attending the FENS forum and will be available for discussion about current papers, prospective papers and special issues. Additional aims are: • to stress the importance of Society-owned journals, • to show that we as editors are approachable and want to publish good science • to show that we are scientists ourselves who have gone through the submission process many times and • to dispel the idea of conflict between the author and Editors/reviewers
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SiE03 - The credibility of neuroscience

Room
Hall B
Date
12.07.2020, Sunday
Session Time
12:30 - 13:30
Session Description
"Today I wouldn't get an academic job. It's as simple as that. I don't think I would be regarded as productive enough." Peter Higgs, Nobel prize winner The preference for dramatic, novel and positive findings over incremental, reproduced or negative findings within a ‘publish or perish’ culture is jeopardising the reproducibility, replicability, and reliability of neuroscience research. While this issue has been recognised for some time, and is currently being addressed by many research councils, institutes and journals who are adopting credible initiatives, there is still a perceived - or in many cases actual - pressure on neuroscientists to publish ‘high-impact’ articles (and in high numbers). In this special event, we will hear about credibility initiatives that have the potential to increase the reproducibility, replicability, and reliability neuroscience research, which will not only benefit scientific progress in the long-run, but also address a major cause for the poor mental health of research scientists. Following this event, the speakers will be available to answer your questions in an informal setting within the Forum career and training area from 14:30-15:30.
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SiE04 - Neuroscience outreach reception

Room
Hall A
Date
12.07.2020, Sunday
Session Time
18:45 - 20:45
Session Description
The Dana Foundation, in collaboration with FENS, SfN, IBRO and other partners of the Global Engagement Initiative, welcome those with an interest in public outreach to a reception celebrating public awareness and engagement. Following introductions, posters from various outreach activities and initiatives, including the international Brain Awareness Week (BAW), will be on display during a networking reception. Scientists and the public alike are encouraged to attend and exchange on different approaches to support public outreach and engagement. The event will host an award ceremony for the Brain Awareness Week Excellence Award winner(s), given to an organizing entity of the best European BAW project of the past two years.
Special interest event
Room
Hall B
Date
12.07.2020, Sunday
Session Time
18:45 - 20:45
Session Description
The earth’s climate is undoubtedly changing. Although scientists are, to a large extent, receptive of this fact and aware of the causes and consequences of the current environmental crisis, identifying what we can do as a community, at the level of laboratories, research institutions and individually as scientists remains elusive. This special interest event offers a forum to discuss what we can do to adopt a more sustainable model for life-sciences. The organizers will present the results of a small survey performed among neuroscientists and their research institutes to trigger the discussion on the environmental footprint of our community and to start identifying solutions. A panel of academics, activists and life-science industry representatives, among others, will share their viewpoints and experiences implementing concrete actions towards an environmentally friendly life-science framework. In addition to raising awareness on the impact of life sciences on the environment, we will highlight the need to better measure and document this impact, including plastic and Co2 emissions in scientific events and research centers. We also aim to draw up a list of concrete actions that define gold-standards of sustainability for our scientific community. Join us either with your physical presence or by teleconference and add your voice to this discussion! Drinks/snacks will be offered! This special interest event is organized by the FENS-Kavli Scholars (FKNE).
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SiE07 - Neuroscience career paths

Room
Hall B
Date
13.07.2020, Monday
Session Time
12:15 - 13:30
Session Description
This interactive Special Interest Event allows you as FENS Forum participant to meet with representatives from business, industry and public sectors, all with a neuroscience background. The speakers will share with you how their neuroscience background contributed to their career-paths. Following this event, the speakers will be available to answer your questions in an informal setting within the Forum career and training area from 14:30-15:30. This event will be followed by the FENS Job fair from 15:30 - 17:30.
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Room
Hall A
Date
13.07.2020, Monday
Session Time
12:15 - 13:30
Session Description
Social media has become an essential tool in the distribution of scientific information amongst professionals in the field of neuroscience and the general population, with Twitter being the platform most commonly used by scientists. How can scientists (and more specifically neuroscientists) best use Twitter to communicate science (both their own and that of others). This workshop will bring together a panel of four specialists who use Twitter on a regular basis as a tool for science communication. They will share with the audience their tips and tricks on using Twitter from making a good profile and finding the relevant people to follow, to engaging on Twitter, finding content and the best ways to interact with a community.
Special interest event
Room
Hall C
Date
13.07.2020, Monday
Session Time
12:30 - 13:30
Session Description
The European Research Council (ERC) is an organisation of the European Commission aimed at funding excellence in research, as part of Horizon 2020. It supports investigator-driven frontier research and stimulates scientific excellence by awarding long-term grants to individual researchers from anywhere in the world to carry out their research in a European host organisation. With 4 main granting schemes, the ERC supports researchers at different stages of their careers. The Starting Grant supports young investigators moving to independence. The Consolidator Grant strengthens recently created teams. The Advanced Grant provides to well-established scientists an opportunity to develop innovative or high-risk research. The Synergy Grant brings several teams together to jointly address complex research topics. The ERC has been very active in supporting cutting-edge and innovative research in all fields of neuroscience. Besides giving details on these different schemes and how to apply, this session will also be a unique opportunity to meet with ERC grantees presenting their project and sharing their ERC experience.
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SiE09 - NENS Graduate School Fair & Best Students' Posters

Room
Hall A
Date
13.07.2020, Monday
Session Time
15:30 - 17:30
Session Description
The Network of European Neuroscience Schools (NENS) brings together over 180 graduate neuroscience schools and programmes representing approximately 30 European countries. MSc and PhD neuroscience school programmes will present themselves during the NENS Graduate School Fair throughout the FENS Forum 2020. Join us at the NENS Fair where you will have the opportunity to share experiences and get detailed information about the attending graduate neuroscience under-graduate and graduate programmes. Further, you will have the chance to see the work of the students enrolled in these graduate schools: the best 10 selected posters of the school programmes registered with NENS will be displayed at the Fair. Students are particularly encouraged to visit the NENS Fair area.
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SiE10 - Improving openness in animal research within the European neuroscience community

Room
Hall A
Date
13.07.2020, Monday
Session Time
18:45 - 20:45
Session Description
Openness in the public debate on animal research has been increasing in many European countries and research institutions. Since the 2014 launch of the UK Concordat on Openness on Animal Research, research institutions in Spain, Portugal, Belgium and Switzerland have also adopted policies and practices that seek to improve transparency with the public. The event is designed to support researchers and institutions that wish to be more open about the animal research they conduct. The focal theme of the workshop is to discuss how and why scientists, researchers, press officers and other stakeholders should talk about animal research; it is not a debate about the ethics of animal experimentation.