EBC will be present at the upcoming FENS Forum 2018 starting this coming Saturday, 7 July, in Berlin, Germany.

FENS, a founding member of EBC, is the voice of Neuroscience in Europe. With 43 neuroscience member societies
across 33 European countries, FENS as an organisation represents close to 23.000 European neuroscientists with a
clear mission to advance European neuroscience education and research. Their biannual Forum of Neuroscience is
the largest international neuroscience meeting in Europe and draws a steady attendance of an average of 7.000-
8.000 delegates from around the world.

This year, not only will EBC be present in the Exhibition Hall over the 4 exhibition days (8-11 July – make sure to visit us as Booth 12 and get your ‘FENS Passport’ stamped!) but will also have two events over the course of the Forum. The complete details are below:

EBC Special Session

The EBC Special Session, ‘Structuring the future of brain research in Europe’, will take place on 9 July at 12:30-13:30 in Hall A2.

The European Commission recently unveiled its budget and proposal for a mission-oriented and impact-focused 9th Framework Programme or ‘Horizon Europe’. In view of the preparations for the forthcoming EU research scheme, the European Brain Council (EBC) aims to bring attention to the current barriers that affect basic and translational research and facilitate an exchange of views on how the post-2020 Framework Programme can make a real difference for patients living with brain disorders. The session will explore how the 9th Framework Programme can accelerate brain research across Europe.

Prof. Monica Di Luca, EBC President – EBC Position on FP9
Prof. Patrik Verstreken, Scientific Director & Group Leader, VIB Center for Brain & Disease Research, KU Leuven – Scientist Perspective on FP9
EC Representative

EBC & Chen Institute Documentary Launch Networking Reception

On 10 July at 18:45-20:30 in Room M1+M2, EBC will partner with the The Tianqiao and Chrissy Chen Institute (TCCI) to co-organise an event on the occasion of the European launch of ‘MINDS WIDE OPEN‘, an innovative documentary featuring leading, international experts and compelling patient stories, makes the case that increased support is critical if we are to take advantage of this unparalleled opportunity to advance the science, unlock the wonders of the human mind and create a better world.

A shortened version will be premiered, followed by a debate around the topic after the viewing. A reception will follow.

Opening and background introduction by Prof. Monica di Luca (EBC President)
Documentary launch (20 minute version)
Panel/Couch discussion moderated by Prof. Monica di Luca; speakers include:
Dr. Megan Carey (FENS Kavli Network Scholar)
Dr. Beth Stephens (Boston Children’s Hospital)
Prof. Eero Castren (Incoming FENS Secretary General).

These contributions will be followed by a continued discussion with the audience over a networking reception. The objective of the event will be to create an atmosphere fostering interactions and discussions with and amongst participants.


EBC will also be present at the IBRO Global Advocacy Initiative Networking Reception on 8 July at 18:45 (Room M8) and will take part in the poster presentations during the event.