If you are an early career researcher in neuroscience, the FENS 2020 Virtual Forum is your stepping stone in the right direction to develop your skills, knowledge and connections.

Here are some programme highlights we recommend for you.



SiE12 How to Negotiate to Get What You Need

12 July 2020, 9:30 – 10:30 am

Learn some useful negotiating skills, tricks and tools for various stages of your career in research in this panel discussion jointly organised by the ALBA Network and the FENS-Kavli Network of Excellence.

SiE07 Neuroscience career paths

13 July 2020, 9:30 – 10:30 am

This is your chance 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.

SiE09 NENS Graduate Fair and Best Students’ Posters

14 July 2020, 9:30 – 10:30 am

MSc and PhD neuroscience school programmes will present themselves during the NENS Graduate School Fair. Join us at the NENS Fair where you will have the opportunity to share experiences and get detailed information about and from the participating graduate neuroscience programmes.

SiE14 Starting and PI mid-career hurdles

15 July 2020, 9:30 – 10:30 am

Organised by the FENS-Kavli Network of Excellence (FKNE) the event will focus on topics relevant for senior postdocs, newly appointed and mid-carrier PIs. The approached themes include: how to get a first PI position, selection of team members, application and management of funds, the mid-career gap, early and mid-career mobility, and coping with stress while balancing life with career.



SiE02 How Society journals handle your paper

12 July 2020, 9:30 – 10:30 am

The aim of this workshop, which will be presented by the editors of four international, society-owned neuroscience journals, is to discuss what happens to a paper once it is submitted to a journal.

SiE06 Using Twitter to communicate in your science life

13 July 2020, 9:30 – 10:30 am

How can you best use Twitter in your science life? An interactive event to get some tips and tricks from a panel of specialists who use this tool to communicate and expand their research!

SiE08 SciComm SOS: communication and public engagement skills workshop

14 July 2020, 9:30 – 10:30 am

Improve your public presentation skills, create a story around your research or learn how to best answer journalists’ questions in this series of three workshops delivered by science communication specialist, Malcolm Love!



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 organisers 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.