This series of Special Interest Events (SiE) will provide an opportunity to delve into the way we think and do neuroscience research, sharing best practices to become more responsible and more credible.

We are also delighted to present, for the very first time, The Brain Debate. A panel of experts will discuss the different model systems neuroscientists use in their research and reflect on our scientific mission and vision for the field. Don’t miss it!

Don’t forget, you won’t miss out on any events: the three-month extended access allows you to view any of the SiEs you are interested in on-demand! Find out more.


SiE01 The Brain Debate “Which brains are we studying”

11 July 2020, 3:00 – 4:30 pm

Neuroscientists use a broad range of organisms to study brain function and behaviour. The Brain Debate aims at illustrating why different scientists study different systems and what can be achieved with different approaches.


SiE03 Credibility in Neuroscience

12 July 2020, 9:30 – 10:30 am

In this special event, we will hear about credibility initiatives that have the potential to increase the reproducibility, replicability, and reliability of 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.


SiE13 Animal Experimentation and the search for alternatives

12 July 2020, 9:30 – 10:30 am

The principles of replacement, refinement and reduction at the centre of the European Directive on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes continue to shape scientific research across the EU and beyond. In this context, the search for alternatives to animal models increasingly influences the development of research projects. At the same time, the importance of employing the correct model – animal or otherwise – remains key to the reliability, and indeed utility, of any results. Speakers will discuss changes they’ve made to the models they use in their research, the challenges encountered and the impact on their working methods.


SiE05 Toward an Environmentally friendly model for life sciences

14 July 2020, 9:30 -10:30 am

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.


SiE10 Improving openness in animal research

14 July 2020, 9:30 -10:30 am

The aim of this event is to reassure the scientific research community that speaking openly about their research will be a positive and not a negative experience. We hope that the event, will help to kick-start a cultural change and support research institutions to handle this issue constructively.


SiE15 Perspectives on advocacy and policy in neuroscience 

15 July 2020, 9:30 – 10:30 am

This workshop will communicate insights and experience on advocacy activities for neuroscience policy and funding in Europe. The goal of the workshop is to inform neuroscience researchers about strategies, mechanisms, and challenges of science advocacy in Europe; and to encourage individuals to find effective ways of engaging on policy issues.


SiE17 21st century global neuroscience collaboration – sculpting a FAIR and Open landscape

15 July 2020, 9:30 – 10:30 am

Join us for a discussion on how we can combine our resources to achieve greater international cooperation in openly sharing data, AI and best practices in the context of the ongoing large international brain data-driven efforts.