IBRO looks forward to meeting the neuroscience community at the upcoming FENS Forum 2024, from 25-29 June, in Vienna, Austria. Check out all the activities IBRO has planned for you and save the dates for these exciting events!

Meet & greet at IBRO’s booth

The IBRO team will be delighted to meet you at booth #305 throughout the FENS Forum 2024. Pass by our booth and learn more about our programs, journals, and more. Don’t miss the opportunity to meet and greet our leadership, members of IBRO committees, and the IBRO secretariat.

Explore IBRO’s journals

Meet a Neuroscience Chief Editor & find out how to get your research recognized

Venue: IBRO booth #305

Date: 27 June 2024

Time: 14:30-15:30

Come discuss your ideas and discover all the benefits of publishing in IBRO’s flagship journal in a chat with one of the new Chief Editors of Neuroscience, Francesca Cirulli. Fill in the form to indicate your availability for a 15-minute appointment with Dr. Cirulli. You will be notified if selected for one of the available slots.

Learn more about Lived Experience involvement in research

SiE 13: Neuroscience Capacity Building: The Value of Involving Lived Experience

Venue: Hall F 

Date: 28 June 2024

Time: 12:00 – 12:45

Commissioned by the Wellcome Trust, IBRO has launched the Neuroscience Capacity Accelerator for Mental Health (NCAMH), an innovative and inclusive program aiming to elevate capacity building for neuroscience research in low and middle-income countries (LMICs). Leveraging Lived Experience (LE) knowledge in the design and delivery of the awarded scientific projects is a strong component of this program. The invited speaker will share unique perspectives on the challenges, needs, and importance of integrating LE insights into neuroscience research through collaboration with individuals affected by mental health conditions as well as with LE Experts. The relevance and practical impact of these insights in setting research priorities, forming advisory panels, effectively disseminating research findings and translating them into improved mental health care and policies will be highlighted. A panel composed of two NCAMH project leaders and the LE expert will discuss challenges and solutions, using concrete examples to inspire the neuroscience community. Advocating for LE involvement in neuroscience research as a common practice will highlight the importance of international collaboration in developing impactful studies and advancing research with a meaningful impact on the global community.

Explore all IBRO-related events

25 June 2024 

NE03: Bridging Borders and Building Bridges: A global network for neuroscience research and education

Venue: Hall G

Time: 19:00 – 20:30

This event, jointly organized by the IBRO Early Career Committee, Society of Neuroscientists of Africa and FENS-Kavli Network, will highlight challenges and opportunities in global neuroscience research and education. The session will foster a wide-ranging discussion of how neuroscientists can collectively enhance research capacity in the Global South – Africa, Latin America and Asia. Through a unifying platform to identify synergies and resources to augment local capacities, the event will lay the foundation to enhance research and innovation in the Global South, which in the long run, will benefit neuroscience worldwide. The event will conclude with networking opportunities to facilitate collaborations.

26 June 2024

SiE04: Developing Professional and Personal Networks as an Essential Tool to Successful Science Careers

Venue: Hall H

Time: 12:00 – 12:45

This Special Interest Event, organized by World Women in Neuroscience (WWN) in partnership with IBRO, is designed to emphasize the importance of establishing professional and personal networks and highlight information sharing of the difference between networking, mentoring and sponsorship. In the first 15 minutes, the speakers will share their approaches to initiate, maintain and sustain professional and personal networks, as well as their thoughts on the value of social support for well-being and successful career progression. Finally, they will differentiate the constructs of Mentoring and Networking. In the next 30 minutes, attendees will participate in mentoring circles focused on both social and professional pathways to career enhancement. Members of WWN and IBRO will provide practical advice on mentoring and networking strategies, professional development, academic/non-academic careers options in neuroscience and best practices for establishing strategic links between early career and senior neuroscientists across the globe. 

27 June 2024

SiE010 ALBA-IBRO EDI Allyship Training Workshop

Venue: Roundtable Hall

Time: 12:00 – 13:00

People are often unaware of problematic behaviours, both in themselves and others, and hesitate to address various forms of disruptive behaviour (including sexism, racism, bullying, and harassment) in public forums due to multiple barriers hindering intervention. Social influence, the fear of retaliation, potential consequences for one’s career or personal safety, audience inhibition and diffusion of responsibility act as powerful deterrents. This training workshop organized by the ALBA Network with the support of IBRO, and led by a professional lived experience expert will provide tools to participants to recognize, point out and act when faced with inappropriate behaviour during the FENS Forum.

FENS/CHET Poster Session

Venue: TBD

Time: 14:30-15:30

More information TBD

NE11: Enhancing Global Partnerships in Brain Research

Venue: Hall E 

Time: 18:45 – 20:15

Across the globe, society is facing brain challenges like never before. Brain disorders – neurological and mental alike – are widespread, highly disabling and often difficult to treat. Improving the health and well-being of citizens has become the top priority for many governments and brain health should not be left behind. Enhancing global brain research collaboration can spur innovation and quicken effective outcomes to the benefit of people living with brain conditions everywhere. This event, organized by IBRO’s partner, the European Brain Council, aims to serve as a space to network and build synergies in an informal setting, and will also feature a short panel discussion with key stakeholders, including George Barreto (member of IBRO’s Latin America Regional Committee), working across continents to unite the brain research community globally.

28 June 2024

NE19: ALBA-IBRO ECC-WWN workshop on impostor phenomenon

Venue: Roundtable Hall

Time: 18:45 – 20:15

The event is a partnership between the ALBA Network, IBRO Early Career Committee and World Women in Neuroscience (WWN), and it is proudly supported by IBRO. The session will start with brief presentations on different dimensions of the impostor phenomenon and on how scientists who are first-generation scholars, women, persons of colour, or come from disadvantaged backgrounds are mostly impacted. Through insightful discussions, participants will learn how better understanding the system aspect of this phenomenon can help deconstruct it. Each table will be facilitated by lived experience experts (members of ALBA, IBRO ECC or WWN). Some drinks and snacks will be served.