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EBBS Newsletter • July 2021

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Message from the president

It is incredible how fast time is flying by if you are busy. Having taken over the Presidency of the EBBS at the 2019 meeting in Prague seems like yesterday, and at the same time so much has happened in the meantime and the world has changed. At the upcoming meeting in Lausanne in only a few weeks, I will hand over the presidency to Igor Branchi. Looking back at the last two years, it is of course the Covid19 pandemic which overshadows everything and left the biggest impression. Still, as a society we were moving forward and continued on our path to promote behavioural neuroscience in Europe and worldwide. In particular, I want to highlight our co-organized FENS satellite “Behavioural neuroscience for the next decade: Why behaviour matters to brain science" and the EBBS symposium at the British Neuroscience Association meeting. EBBS was active within FENS, IBRO or the ALBA network. We actively supported young scientists by providing travel grants, and we reduced our carbon foot-print by holding all committee meetings virtually (although admittedly the corona pandemic made this decision easy). A tremendous effort was the organization of our society’s meeting in Lausanne this year, the decision to hold this meeting as fully hybrid and to keep fighting for the possibility to be able to attend this meeting in person. I want to especially thank the local organizer Carmen Sandi, who has done an amazing job and, because of her tireless work, I am certain that the meeting will be a full success.

When I set out as President of the EBBS, I had three major goals that I also communicated to you in the first newsletter after the last meeting: (1) continue on our path to pioneer and support equality and gender balance, (2) to support young scientists and (3) to pave the way to an eco-friendlier society. I believe that we have succeeded with these goals and EBBS is well-prepared to face the challenges the future will bring. As past-president I will continue to work for our society and support its leadership and the members in every way I can.

Mathias Schmidt

The European Brain and Behavior Society 2021 meeting in Lausanne

The society is looking forward to welcoming members to our hybrid meeting in Lausanne. Whether you are attending in person, or virtually, we have an outstanding programme of science for you. Registration for attendance is still open and full information about the meeting can be found at https://www.ebbs2021.org/

Annual General Meeting

The Society will hold its annual general meeting at the Lausanne Meeting on September 7th at 11:30am (CEST). This is an opportunity for members to feed into the society as well as hear about the most society’s most recent plans.

Proposed Change to the Society’s Bylaws

The EBBS committee is proposing a small change to the Society’s bylaws. Our committee membership rules do not currently allow for a transition period when there is a change of Secretary or Treasurer. To allow for the committee to work smoothly when there is a transition, there will be a vote to change article 12 of the bylaws at the AGM in September. The current wording of the bylaw is below, with the proposed additional text highlighted in yellow.

12. The Secretary and Treasurer shall hold office for three years and shall always be eligible for re- election to the Committee. At the end of their term, each may be co-opted to the committee for one further year.

New Committee Members

Following our recent election, the society is pleased to welcome Dr Mathieu Wolff as an ordinary member of the committee as well as Dr Dorothy Tse as the Young Scientist member of the committee. In addition, Dr Aniko Korosi continues as our Treasurer for a further 3 years. Congratulations to them all.

NOW OPEN: Call for EBBS sponsored international lecturers

Members are invited to submit proposals for support of an EBBS sponsored International Lecturer at meetings, workshops or summer/winter schools. Applications for small, local meetings are discouraged. Deadline September 1st 2021.

A travel grant of €700 will be awarded to defray the additional costs of a lecturer from another country. Applicants (who have to be members of EBBS) should provide sufficient details to satisfy the following points: 

  • the lecturer will make an important contribution and enhance the quality of the meeting
  • the lecturer will raise the profile of both the meeting and the EBBS
  • the meeting will be advertised widely, with EBBS support clearly acknowledged
  • the meeting will be open to all EBBS members

Please note that a brief report on the meeting and lecture should be submitted after the meeting. Applications should include a one-page C.V. of the nominated lecturer. They should be made at least 6 months before the meeting and addressed to the Secretary (Alex Easton; secretary@ebbs-science.org).

 
  • EBBS Newsletter • March 2021

    EBBS Newsletter • March 2021

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    Extended deadline for early registrations

    Our meeting in Lausanne (September 4th – 7th) promises to be an exciting meeting with outstanding keynote speakers and 21 fascinating symposia as well as our poster sessions (visit https://www.ebbs2021.org for full details).

    We have now extended our deadline for reduced cost early registration. We offer both virtual and regular attendance, and you can upgrade to full attendance at any time between now and the meeting, allowing you to be completely flexible with your plans.

    Full attendance
    (early registration until March 15th)
    Virtual attendance
    (early registration until March 15th)
    EBBS Members € 300 € 100
    EBBS Non-Members € 450 € 150
    EBBS Student Members € 180 € 60
    EBBS Student Non-Members € 270 € 90

    We look forward to seeing you in Lausanne!

    NOW OPEN: Nominations for EBBS executive committee

    We invite nominations for candidates (who should be members of EBBS) to stand for election for:

    • One Ordinary Member
    • One Young Scientist Member (no more than 10 years since PhD)
    • Treasurer

    Nominations should be made by a member of EBBS and sent by e-mail to the Secretary General, Alex Easton (secretary@ebbs-science.org) no later than May 3rd, 2021.

    Nominations should include a short summary of the candidate (about ½ A4 along with a photo if possible). This will be published together with the web-on-line ballots. In accepting nominations, we assume that the candidate has already agreed to stand for election.

    FENS forum 2022: call for symposia and workshops

    The FENS forum in Paris (9-13 July 2022) has put out a call for symposia and technical workshops.

    Full details can be found here with a deadline for submissions of Thursday 20th May 2021.

  • EBBS Newsletter • January 2021

    EBBS Newsletter • January 2021

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    Reminder: Registration is open for our 2021 meeting in Lausanne

    Details of the meeting are available at https://www.ebbs2021.org/ and early registration will be open until March 15th 2021 – We look forward to seeing you in Lausanne!

    Full attendance
    (early registration until March 15th)
    Virtual attendance
    (early registration until March 15th)
    EBBS Members € 300 € 100
    EBBS Non-Members € 450 € 150
    EBBS Student Members € 180 € 60
    EBBS Student Non-Members € 270 € 90

    We very much expect the meeting to go ahead in person – but we will allow on-line registrations to be 'upgraded' to full attendance at a later date. If the event had to move online only we would refund any cost difference to those who have registered for full attendance.

    NOW OPEN!
    Call for Travel Grant applications for the 2021 meeting

    EBBS is offering 10 travel awards (3 for post-docs and 7 for PhD students) to attend our meeting in person in Lausanne in September.

    Award winners will receive a €500 bank transfer after the meeting as well as a special EBBS Travel Award Certificate. Should the meeting move entirely online then the award will instead cover the cost of registration fees at the cost incurred to the applicant.

    All applicants should be EBBS members at the time of application. Applications should include:

    • A copy of the poster abstract identical to the one which will be submitted to the meeting. The applicant must be the first author on the abstract.
    • A one page CV.

    Applications should be sent to the Secretary General of the EBBS (Alex Easton, secretary@ebbs-science.org) by the end of Sunday 28th February 2021.

    Abstracts must be submitted in English and cannot be more than 250 words.
    Abstract topic: Submissions are welcome in all topics related to Behavioral Neuroscience.
    Abstract title: The title should not exceed 25 words.
    Body text: limited to 300 words Abstracts should clearly state: Aims, Methods, Results and Conclusions.
    Use only standard abbreviations. Place special or unusual abbreviations in parentheses after the full word the first time it appears.
    We recommend using word-processing software (for example Word) for editing your abstract and counting the number of words.

    NOW OPEN!
    Call for EBBS sponsored international lecturers

    Members are invited to submit proposals for support of an EBBS sponsored International Lecturer at meetings, workshops or summer/winter schools. Applications for small, local meetings are discouraged. Deadline February 28th 2021.

    A travel grant of €700 will be awarded to defray the additional costs of a lecturer from another country. Applicants (who have to be members of EBBS) should provide sufficient details to satisfy the following points: 

    • the lecturer will make an important contribution and enhance the quality of the meeting
    • the lecturer will raise the profile of both the meeting and the EBBS
    • the meeting will be advertised widely, with EBBS support clearly acknowledged
    • the meeting will be open to all EBBS members

    Please note that a brief report on the meeting and lecture should be submitted after the meeting.
    Applications should include a one-page C.V. of the nominated lecturer. They should be made at least 6 months before the meeting and addressed to the Secretary (Alex Easton; secretary@ebbs-science.org).

  • EBBS Newsletter • December 2020

    EBBS Newsletter • December 2020

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    Message from the President

    We are closing in on the finishing line for 2020, so it is time to take a look back what has happened last year in our society and beyond, as well as to look ahead to what is still to come in 2021.

    I don’t think I am exaggerating when I say that this year will be a very memorable one for all of us. The Covid-19 pandemic has been and continues to be an unprecedented challenge that already cost over 1.5 million lives worldwide and caused exceptional suffering on a personal as well as society level. Next to the devastating health problems caused by this disease, the economic and social consequences are greater than anything that we have witnessed in our recent history. At the same time, I am overwhelmed by the overarching sense of solidarity and by the understanding that if we work together and adhere to common sense and scientific insights, we have the ability to overcome this challenge. The role of a scientific society as the EBBS became even more evident to me last year, as it enabled us to connect scientists and actively work against the negative consequences of the Covid-19 crisis, for example in the area of mental health. We have also witnessed a lot of changes, for example when it comes to scientific conferences. But also here the swiftness of our actions to convert the FENS meeting to a virtual format and thereby exchange scientific information and discussion despite the ongoing pandemic was extraordinary. In parallel EBBS also continued its work to promote equality and gender balance, particularly to promote young scientists and to lead brain and behavior research exchange. I am therefore optimistic that we will continue to be resilient and thrive in the face of the current adversity, which brings me to the outlook to 2021.

    The most important EBBS-related event that will take place next year is the 49th meeting of our society from September 4th to 7th in Lausanne. Carmen Sandi as the local organizer and the EBBS committee were able to put together a wonderful and exciting program of young as well as renowned scientists, and I am already very much looking forward to this event. Clearly, 10 months from now we will still battle Covid-19 and there will likely be hygiene and distancing regulations that we haven’t seen at previous meetings, but we are confident that we can offer our society members the opportunity to attend the meeting in person once again. In parallel, we are organizing the conference as a hybrid meeting also offering virtual access, thereby allowing more scientists than ever to participate and – at the same time – can actively contribute to our goal to reduce our CO2 footprint and organize an ecofriendly conference. It seems time has been flying and already in 10 months I will be handing over the EBBS leadership to our new president-elect Igor Branchi. Until this time we still have lots to do and to achieve, and I will continue to work for this society with all my heart. I wish you all a peaceful and healthy holiday season.

    In science,
    Mathias Schmidt
    President of the EBBS

    Registration opens for the EBBS meeting in Lausanne

    We are delighted to open registration for the Society’s meeting in Lausanne from 4th – 7th September 2021, and look forward to seeing you there. Please visit
    https://www.ebbs2021.org/

    The local organizing committee and the EBBS committee are highly confident that it will be possible to hold a physical, face-to-face meeting in Lausanne 2021 (the meeting would have been possible to be held on the same dates in 2020 in Switzerland at the same dates; and we cautiously expect that the sanitary situation would improve throughout 2021). We very much encourage people to plan attending in person.

    Importantly, we are currently planning the meeting to take place in person, but also include a hybrid format, so that those that can not travel to Lausanne can follow the meeting virtually.

    Delegates that register to the online version will be able to upgrade their registration to participate in person at any time before the meeting (paying either early registration or late registration fees).

    In the unlikely eventuality that the meeting cannot take place physically in Lausanne, we will organize a virtual meeting and reimburse those delegates the excess that paid for the physical meeting.

    Early registration will be open until March 15th 2021:

    Full attendance
    (early registration until March 15th)
    Virtual attendance
    (early registration until March 15th)
    EBBS Members € 300 € 100
    EBBS Non-Members € 450 € 150
    EBBS Student Members € 180 € 60
    EBBS Student Non-Members € 270 € 90

    Keynote speakers and symposia

    We are delighted to announce our keynote speakers for the meeting.

    Prof. Edvard Moser

    Prof Iain Couzin

    Prof. Kay M. Tye

    Prof. Marina Picciotto

    Prof. Tiago Branco

    Prof. Tracy L. Bale

    In addition we are pleased to announce 21 symposia over the course of the meeting.

    • Memory aids on the chromatin? Deciphering epigenetic modifications during memory formation
      Johannes Gräff, Ana Oliveira, Angel Barco, Ana Pombo
    • Early-life origins and sex-dependence of vulnerability to eating disorders
      Tallie Baram, Alon Chen, Silvie Ruigrok, Susan Ozanne
    • Developmental origins of neuropsychiatric disorders: many roads, common mechanisms
      Marco Andrea, Francesca Cirulli, Daniella Dwir, Janssen Kotah
    • The hippocampus and remote memory
      Lynn Nadel, Eleanor Maguire, Morris Moscovitch, Brian Wiltgen, Yaniv Ziv
    • Do we understand human aggressive behavior? In the search for brain mechanisms towards effective rehabilitation
      Maria Sanchez-Vives, Beatrice de Gelder, Sofia Seinfeld, Sieste de Boer, Sam Golden
    • From sex to rage: understanding the female brain
      Inga Neumann, Suzanna Lima, Mauro Silva, Alexa Veenema, Vinicius Oliveira
    • Tracking the acute stress response from basic research to clinical translation
      Guillen Fernandez, Johannes Bohacek, Maurizio Popoli, Marloes Henckens, Talma Hendler
    • Neural mechanisms underlying social behavior
      Camilla Bellone, Salvatore Lecca, Viviana Trezza, Cristina Marquez
    • Thalamic regulation of emotional memory
      Bianca Silva, Jan Gründemann, Ferenc Matyas, Gisella Vetere
    • The neurobiology of mammalian vector coding: Boundaries, objects, goals and abstract spaces
      Steven Poulter, Ayelet Sarel, Alexandra Constantinescu, Andrej Bicanski
    • Novel statistical and machine learning techniques to assess inter-individual behavioral variability
      Kshitij Jadhav, Maxime Fouyssac, Marwa Mahmoud, Mael Lebreton
    • Neural circuit function and behavior during development
      Emre Yaksi, Guillermina Lopez Bendito, Ileana Hanganu-Opatz, Laura Cancedda
    • Brain basis of interoceptive mechanisms in adaptive and maladaptive behavior
      Christophe Lamy, Sarah Garfinkel, Henri Evrard, Aude Belin-Rauscent
    • Neural substrates underlying post-traumatic stress disorder symptomatology and vulnerability
      Aline Desmedt, Pierre Gagnepain, Gal Richter-Levin, Chris Brewin
    • Neurobiological underpinnings of psychiatric disorders and their treatment
      Ueli Kramer, Daniela Schiller, Bogdan Draganski, Hélène Beuchat
    • Cortical subcortical interactions underlying cognition
      Anna Mitchell, Helen Barbas, Mathieu Wolff, Seralynne Vann
    • Human brain evolution beyond the cerebral cortex
      Avram Holmes, Robert Barton, James (Mac) Shine, Fenna Krienen, Luiz Pessoa
    • Neural mechanisms of real-world social interactions and their development measured with fNIRS
      Antonia Hamilton, Joy Hirsch, Paolo Pinti, Chiara Bulgarelli
    • Learning and cognitive control in the orbitofrontal cortex
      Abhishek Banerjee, Geoffrey Schoenbaum, Fanny Cazettes, Christine Constantinople
    • Broadening our conception of habit to improve translational validity
      Youna Vandaele, Ingo Willuhn, Medhi Keramati, Robert Hardwick
    • Single-cell omics meets behavior: opportunities and challenges
      Ozgun Gokce, Gul Dolen, Pinar Ayata, Hansruedi Mathys
  • EBBS Newsletter • September 2020

    EBBS Newsletter • September 2020

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    October 5th Deadline: Call for Symposia for the 49th EBBS meeting in Lausanne (4-7 September 2021)

    The EBBS program committee welcomes excellent symposia that advance our knowledge of the brain and behavior, in health and disease, and using all research approaches. Excellent proposals covering either a hot topic in the field or a novel topic not represented in previous EBBS meetings will be favoured.

    A symposium may be proposed by any established researcher, who did not have a symposium proposal accepted at the EBBS 2019 meeting (previous speakers who did not propose a symposium are eligible). Members of the Program committee can neither propose a symposium nor be speakers in a symposium. Proposers of successful symposia would be expected to be or become full members of the EBBS.

    Each symposium will require a chair and four speakers (the chair may be one of the speakers). Preference will be given to proposals that represent diversity (across age, sex, and origin).

    Note: We are aware that the current situation with COVID-19 may lead to some uncertainty for speakers at this stage. Alongside our preferred plans for a conference we can all attend in person, we are preparing plans for the meeting to be held virtually or as a hybrid meeting if needed. We hope that symposium proposals can therefore be submitted with confidence.

    Please complete the EBBS symposium proposal form on the conference website (https://www.ebbs2021.org/call-for-symposium-proposals/) by October 5th 2020.

    Any questions please email secretary@ebbs-science.org.

  • EBBS Newsletter • August 2020

    EBBS Newsletter • August 2020

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    Call for Symposia for the 49th EBBS meeting in Lausanne (4-7 September 2021)

    The EBBS program committee welcomes excellent symposia that advance our knowledge of the brain and behavior, in health and disease, and using all research approaches. Excellent proposals covering either a hot topic in the field or a novel topic not represented in previous EBBS meetings will be favoured.

    A symposium may be proposed by any established researcher, who did not have a symposium proposal accepted at the EBBS 2019 meeting. Members of the Program committee can neither propose a symposium nor be speakers in a symposium. Proposers of successful symposia would be expected to be or become full members of the EBBS.

    Each symposium will require a chair and four speakers (the chair may be one of the speakers). Preference will be given to proposals that represent diversity (across age, sex, and origin).

    Note: We are aware that the current situation with COVID-19 may lead to some uncertainty for speakers at this stage. Alongside our preferred plans for a conference we can all attend in person, we are preparing plans for the meeting to be held virtually or as a hybrid meeting if needed. We hope that symposium proposals can therefore be submitted with confidence.

    Please complete the EBBS symposium proposal form on the conference website (https://www.ebbs2021.org/call-for-symposium-proposals/) by September 25th 2020.

    Any questions please email secretary@ebbs-science.org.

    EBBS Sponsored International Lecturers

    Members are invited to submit proposals for support of an EBBS sponsored International Lecturer at meetings, workshops or summer/winter schools. Applications for small, local meetings are discouraged.

    Deadline September 30th, 2020

    A travel grant of 700 Euros will be awarded to defray the additional costs of a lecturer from another country.

    Applicants (who have to be members of EBBS) should provide sufficient details to satisfy the following points:

    • the lecturer will make an important contribution and enhance the quality of the meeting
    • the lecturer will raise the profile of both the meeting and the EBBS
    • the meeting will be advertised widely, with EBBS support clearly acknowledged
    • the meeting will be open to all EBBS members

    Please note that a brief report on the meeting and lecture should be submitted after the meeting.

    Applications should include a one-page C.V. of the nominated lecturer. They should be made at least 6 months before the meeting and addressed to the Secretary Alexander Easton (secretary@ebbs-science.org).

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  • EBBS Newsletter • July 2020

    EBBS Newsletter • July 2020

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    Message from the President

    Only a few months passed since our last biennial meeting in Prague, but in these few months the world has changed in many ways and we are now facing challenges that were unimaginable last year. In these turbulent times I am very happy that the EBBS community is lively and active, and that our democratic elections have now successfully ensured the future of EBBS leadership. I extend a warm welcome to our new ExCom members Francesca, Muriel and Lars as well as to Igor and Alex, who are joining again the ExCom in new positions this time. At the same time, I want to express my gratitude to the stepping-down members of the executive committee. Antonis Stamatakis has done a wonderful job as Secretary General during the past 6 years and ensured with his tireless efforts that the society was running smoothly. Francesca Sargolini, Mark Walton and Sebastien Bouret were active and invaluable members of the executive committee and their input and help will be dearly missed. Thank you! I hope you will all be leaving the committee with the certainty that the future of the EBBS is in firm hands. I also want to officially welcome Marina Picciotto as recently co-opted overseas member of our executive committee.

    Coming back to the challenges that we are facing, I want to specifically address some of them. As I already emphasized when I steppedinto office, equality and gender balance are central values that I myself and our society stand for. The recent tragic events in the US have again highlighted how important it is to fight inequality and racism, and to actively support initiatives to promote diversity and equality in our society and beyond. As President of the EBBS I will therefore do what is in my power to continue this fight.

    A second challenge that I already raised early on was the necessity to adapt scientific meetings to be more environment-friendly and reduce the need for air travel. In some ways the Covid19 crises has accelerated this process and we are now forced to adapt to new realities of virtual meetings and conferences. I am very much looking forward to see what we can learn from the virtual FENS Forum this year, which includes the EBBS co-organized Mini-Conference “Behavioural neuroscience for the next decade: Why behaviour matters to brain science” and the EBBS-Elsevier-Behavioral Brain Research Lecture. Also for our next biennial meeting 2021 in Lausanne we are engaged in preparations for a hybrid meeting, so that participation will hopefully be possible in real live, but also virtually. You can already check out some details on our new meeting web page www.ebbs2021.org.

    In closing, I hope that all of you are successfully facing the challenges that 2020 has in store for us and look forward to seeing you at the FENS Forum virtually and hopefully soon also again in real life.

    Mathias Schmidt, EBBS President

    Results of the Executive Commitee Elections

    Based on the results of the on-line elections, the incoming members of the EBBS Executive Committee are:

    President Elect: Igor Branchi

    Secretary General:Alex Easton

    Ordinary Members: Muriel Koehl, Lars Schwabe and Francesca Zoratto

    Welcome aboard new members!

    FENS 2020 Virtual Forum

    Be part of #FENS2020, 11-15 July 2020

    https://forum2020.fens.org

    Mini conference FENS Forum of Neuroscience Glasgow 2020

    Behavioural neuroscience for the next decade: Why behaviour matters to brain science

    July 11, 8:30-11:30

    The European Brain and Behaviour Society (EBBS), European Behavioural Pharmacology Society (EBPS), European Molecular and Cellular Cognition Society (EMCCS) and International Behavioural and Neural Genetics Society (IBANGS) invite you to our jointly organised mini conference. A variety of topics will be covered, focusing on the role of behaviour in Neuroscience and the translatability of animal models to human traits and psychiatric disorders .

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  • EBBS Newsletter • April 2020

    EBBS Newsletter • April 2020

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    Message from the President

    Even the older ones among us agree that what we are all experiencing now are unprecedented challenges. Only a few weeks ago life was going on in expected and dependable ways, and now the whole world seems to be upside down and many things that we took for granted are now put to the test. The difficulties that we were facing last year now seem often small and petty compared to the major problems individuals and our whole society are currently dealing with.
    In these difficult times, it is most important to remember that nobody is alone in this situation. You are part of a large community, and in this community we will support each other in any way possible. I believe that one of the biggest problems related to the Covid-19 crisis is the uncertainty and unpredictability of the situation, which requires a high degree of resilience. Our society harbors a lot of expertise on this matter. In the end, the question of how we deal with the Covid-19 pandemic and all the negative consequences related to this will be an issue of brain, mind and behavior – all of which are of core interest to the EBBS. Our mission statement is to be “committed to maintain high standards in the field of behavioural neuroscience and, more generally, to shape a positive future for neuroscience and wider society”. This is now more important than ever.
    We, the members of the Executive Committee of EBBS, will mobilize all resources available to this society, to assist in successfully overcoming this crisis. I hope that all of you, your families and loved ones are healthy, safe and weather these challenges as good as possible.

    Mathias Schmidt, EBBS President

    ELECTION ANNOUNCEMENT - President-elect, Secretary General and Three Ordinary Members

    Deadline 15 April 2020!

    We invite nominations for candidates (who should be members of EBBS) to stand for election for President-elect, Secretary General and three Ordinary Members.
    Nominations should be sent by e-mail to the current Secretary General Antonis Stamatakis (astam@nurs.uoa.gr) no later than April 15, 2020.
    Nominations should include a short CV of the candidate (about ½ A4 along with a photo if possible). This will be published together with the web-on-line ballots.

    EBBS Sponsored International Lecturers

    Deadline 31 May 2020!

    Members are invited to submit proposals to support an EBBS sponsored International Lecturer at meetings, workshops or summer/winter schools. Applications for small, local meetings are discouraged.

    A travel grant of € 700 will be awarded to defray the additional costs of a lecturer from another country.

    Applicants (who must be EBBS members at the time of application and in good standing with their membership fees) should provide sufficient details to satisfy the following points:

    • the lecturer will make an important contribution and enhance the quality of the meeting
    • the lecturer will raise the profile of both the meeting and the EBBS
    • the meeting will be advertised widely, with EBBS support clearly acknowledged
    • the meeting will be open to all EBBS members

    A brief report on the meeting and the lecture should be submitted after the meeting. Applications should include a one-page CV of the nominated lecturer. They should be made at least 6 months before the meeting and addressed to the Secretary AntonisStamatakis (astam@nurs.uoa.gr).

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  • EBBS Newsletter • February 2020

    EBBS Newsletter • February 2020

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    EBBS Election Announcement

    Deadline April 15th, 2020!

    We invite nominations for candidates (who should be members of EBBS) to stand for election for President-elect, Secretary General and three Ordinary Members.

    Nominations should be sent by e-mail to the current Secretary General Antonis Stamatakis (astam@nurs.uoa.gr) no later than April 15th, 2020.

    Nominations should include a short CV of the candidate (about ½ A4 along with a photo if possible). This will be published together with the web-on-line ballots.

    Mini Conference at the FENS Forum 2020

    Behavioural neuroscience for the next decade: why behaviour matters to brain science

    The European Brain and Behaviour Society (EBBS), European Behavioural Pharmacology Society (EBPS), European Molecular and Cellular Cognition Society (EMCCS) and International Behavioural and Neural Genetics Society (IBANGS) invite you to our jointly organised Mini Conference. A variety of topics will be covered focusing on the role of behaviour in Neuroscience and the translatability of animal models to human traits and psychiatric disorders.

    EBBS Sponsored International Lecturers

    Deadline for abstract submission: 23 March 2020
    Deadline for online registration: 15 June 2020

    Dr. Ana Pocivavsek (Dept Pharmacology, Physiology and neuroscience, University of South Carolina, USA) will give an EBBS-sponsored lecture at the 18th International Conference “Monitoring Molecules in Neuroscience” (MMiN 2020) in Lyon, France, June 28th-July 1st, 2020 (http://mmin2020.univ-lyon1.fr/).

    FENS-related announcements

    Letter from the FENS President Carmen Sandi

    Dear all,
    this is a strong encouragement to participate in the FENS Forum this coming July, in Glasgow. FENS has extended the early registration and abstract submission deadline to February 25th (see details below and here: https://forum2020.fens.org/).
    Optimize your travelling: this is an outstanding meeting, with a fantastic program of plenary lectures, symposia, technical workshops, posters, debates, socials, great networking opportunities and all within a vibrant community. Travel grants available.
    Hoping to see many of you there!

    Kind regards,
    Carmen Sandi, FENS President

    FENS members benefits

    JNS annual meeting

    Deadline for abstract submission: January 26th 2020!
    Deadline for early bird registration: March 26th!

    FENS members can register for the Annual Meeting of the Japan Neuroscience Society 2020 at special rates.

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  • EBBS Newsletter • January 2020

    EBBS Newsletter • January 2020

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    Mini Conference at the FENS Forum 2020

    Behavioural neuroscience for the next decade: why behaviour matters to brain science

    The European Brain and Behaviour Society (EBBS), European Behavioural Pharmacology Society (EBPS), European Molecular and Cellular Cognition Society (EMCCS) and International Behavioural and Neural Genetics Society (IBANGS) invite you to our jointly organised Mini Conference. A variety of topics will be covered focusing on the role of behaviour in Neuroscience and the translatability of animal models to human traits and psychiatric disorders.

    EBBS Travel grants for the FENS Forum 2020

    Deadline February 17th, 2020!

    In order to attend the 12th FENS Forum 2020 which will be held in Glasgow, UK, 11-15 July 2020, EBBS offers 5 travel awards: 1 for a post-doc and 4 for PhD students.

    Awardees will receive € 500 via Bank Transfer after the end of the meeting.

    Applicants must be EBBS members at the time of application and in good standing with their membership fees.

    Applications for the Travel Fellowship should include:

    • A copy of the abstract identical to the one that will be submitted to the meeting (the applicant must be the first author)
    • A one-page CV
    • Applications should be sent by email to the EBBS Secretary General Antonis Stamatakis (astam@nurs.uoa.gr) by February 17th, 2020.

    EBBS Sponsored International Lecturers

    Deadline January 31st, 2020!

    Members are invited to submit proposals to support an EBBS sponsored International Lecturer at meetings, workshops or summer/winter schools. Applications for small, local meetings are discouraged.

    A travel grant of € 700 will be awarded to defray the additional costs of a lecturer from another country.

    Applicants (who must be EBBS members at the time of application and in good standing with their membership fees) should provide sufficient details to satisfy the following points:

    • the lecturer will make an important contribution and enhance the quality of the meeting
    • the lecturer will raise the profile of both the meeting and the EBBS
    • the meeting will be advertised widely, with EBBS support clearly acknowledged
    • the meeting will be open to all EBBS members

    A brief report on the meeting and the lecture should be submitted after the meeting.
    Applications should include a one-page CV of the nominated lecturer. They should be made at least 6 months before the meeting and addressed to the Secretary Antonis Stamatakis (astam@nurs.uoa.gr).

    FENS-related announcements

    The brain conferences

    "Brain stroke: why, how and hope"
    19-22 April 2020, Rungstedgaard, Denmark

    Co-chairs: Costantino Iadecola (Weill Cornell Medicine, United States) and Timothy Murphy (The University of British Columbia, Canada)
    Stipends are available (1,000 EUR for international students or early career scientists)

    Early application timeframe: 31 October 2019 - 17 January 2020
    Regular application timeframe: 18 January 2020 - 12 February 2020

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    FENS Forum 2020 Travel Grants

    FENS members societies and partners are offering travel grants and stipends for students and early career investigators to support their attendance of the FENS Forum 2020, each organisation has different eligibility criteria and application deadlines

    FENS-IBRO/PERC Travel Grants (200 grants available)
    Deadline 18 February 2020

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    FENS members benefits

    FENS members can register for the Annual Meeting of the Japan Neuroscience Society in 2020 at special rates.

    Abstract submission deadline: 26 January 2020
    Early bird registration deadline: 26 March 2020

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    Summer Schools 2020

    "Artificial and natural computations for sensory perception: what is the link?" 7-13 June 2020, Bertinoro, Italy

    Scientific chairs: Brice Bathellier (Paris-Saclay Institute of Neuroscience, France), Andrew King (Centre for Integrative Neuroscience, Oxford University, UK) and Andreas Tolias (Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, USA)
    Application deadline: 3 February 2020 (Midnight, Brussels time/CET)

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  • EBBS Newsletter • December 2019

    EBBS Newsletter • December 2019

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    Message from the new EBBS President Mathias V. Schmidt

    Our biennial meeting in Prague is already a number of weeks ago, but I still have very fond memories of this event. We again were able to experience a wonderful mixture of excellent science and fruitful discussions among colleagues and friends, and I am very grateful to everybody that worked very hard to make this meeting a success. EBBS meetings are always very special, as particularly at these meetings I have the feeling of belonging to a scientific family, a growing community that does not consist of strangers and competitors, but rather collaborators and friends. I am therefore thrilled and thankful to be leading this great society for the next 2 years.

    Looking to the future of EBBS, I first want to announce two events. First, EBBS is co-organizing a one-day symposium immediately prior to the FENS Forum of Neuroscience in Glasgow (see more information below). This will be an outstanding event, where the most exciting concepts and recent findings in behavioural neuroscience will be discussed, and will certainly be a highlight of the FENS meeting. Secondly, I am very happy that Carmen Sandi, past president of EBBS and current president of FENS, agreed to host the next EBBS meeting in 2021 in Lausanne. The preparations for this meeting are already well underway, and the EBBS committee together with the local organizing committee will work very hard to make this meeting a success.

    The EBBS as a society and we as its members have the opportunity, but also the obligation, to shape the future of neuroscience and to contribute actively in steering it to the right direction. In this regard there are a number of topics that are especially important to me and that I will emphasize on during my term as President of this society. I am very proud that EBBS has for many years already been a pioneer in equality and gender balance, long before this topic caught more international attention. It is therefore only natural that we continue on this path and fight any sort of bias and inequality in our community. We therefore became an official partner of the ALBA network (http://www.alba.network/) and will further heavily support all initiatives to promote equality and diversity in the brain sciences and beyond.

    A second major focus of my term as EBBS president will be the support of young scientists, thereby continuing the efforts of my predecessors Most of us became scientists because of our curiosity and will to understand basic biological processes. However, to be successful in a scientific career is becoming more and more difficult and scientific excellence is often not sufficient to achieve this goal. Especially for a young scientist there are numerous obstacles on the way to a tenured position, and EBBS will do what it can to offer support and guidance to the next generation of behavioural neuroscientists.

    Finally, we are all aware of the major challenges that lie ahead of us as society. Societies are changing, the climate is changing, and we cannot ignore these problems and carry on our lives as usually. Is it still appropriate that scientists jet from one small meeting to another across Europe and the world? How can we organize our meetings in the most eco-friendly way and reduce our carbon footprint? What new avenues can we take to promote behavioural neuroscience, break down scientific boundaries, while keeping our identity as society? These are pressing issues and I invite all of you to actively contribute to this discussion by reaching out to me and the other EBBS committee members. Together, I am confident that we will find the best possible solutions.

    Kind regards,

    Mathias Schmidt

    EBBS President

    Mini conference FENS Forum of Neuroscience Glasgow 2020

    “Behavioural neuroscience for the next decade: Why behaviour matters to brain science"

    The European Brain and Behaviour Society (EBBS), European Behavioural Pharmacology Society (EBPS), European Molecular and Cellular Cognition Society (EMCCS) and International Behavioural and Neural Genetics Society (IBANGS) invite you to our jointly organised mini conference. A variety of topics will be covered, focusing on the role of behaviour in Neuroscience and the translatability of animal models to human traits and psychiatric disorders.

    Registration is open!

    Visit the website

    Travel grants for the FENS Forum 2020

    In order to attend the 12th FENS Forum 2020 which will be held in Glasgow, UK, 11-15 July 2020, EBBS offers 5 travel awards: 1 for a post-doc and 4 for PhD students.
    Award winners will receive a cash award of € 500 (after the end of the meeting via Bank Transfer).

    All applicants must be EBBS members at the time of application and in good standing with their membership fees.

    Applications for the Travel Fellowship should include:

    • A copy of the abstract identical to the one thatwill be submitted to the meeting. Please note that the applicant must be the first author.
    • A one-page CV.
    • Applications should be sent by email to the Secretary General of EBBS (Antonis Stamatakis, astam@nurs.uoa.gr) by February 17, 2019.

    EBBS Sponsored International Lecturers

    Members are invited to submit proposals for support of an EBBS sponsored International Lecturer at meetings, workshops or summer/winter schools. Applications for small, local meetings are discouraged.

    Deadline January 31st, 2019

    A travel grant of 700 Euros will be awarded to defray the additional costs of a lecturer from another country.

    Applicants (who have to be members of EBBS) should provide sufficient details to satisfy the following points:

    • the lecturer will make an important contribution and enhance the quality of the meeting
    • the lecturer will raise the profile of both the meeting and the EBBS
    • the meeting will be advertised widely, with EBBS support clearly acknowledged
    • the meeting will be open to all EBBS members

    Please note that a brief report on the meeting and lecture should be submitted after the meeting.

    Applications should include a one-page C.V. of the nominated lecturer. They should be made at least 6 months before the meeting and addressed to the Secretary AntonisStamatakis (astam@nurs.uoa.gr).

    EBBS in social media

    You can follow EBBS in Facebook and Twitter for scientific news, meeting announcements and funding opportunities.

    Facebook: EBBS.science
    Twitter: EBBStweets