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FENS invites proposals for symposia for the FENS Regional Meeting in Pécs, Hungary, 20-23 September 2017. Deadline for submission of symposium proposals is September 30, 2016.





for the FENS Regional Meeting, 20-23 September, Pécs, Hungary

Deadline: 18 September, 2016


We invite proposals for symposia for the FENS Regional Meeting. Symposia will be treated as the scientific centerpiece of the meeting and will be allocated to premium meeting space. These sessions will be distinguished from other sessions by being highly integrated to provide an overall synthesis on the topic in focus, and should have sufficient appeal to generate large audiences.

The meeting will include 24 symposia (6/day), each lasting for 1 hour and 40 minutes. A symposium should consist of 4-5 talks, each 15-20 minutes in length, followed by 5 minutes for discussions. Proposals listing less than 4 confirmed speakers will not be considered.

The Program Committee will select proposals based on their scientific excellence with preference given to proposals from the region (i.e. Central Europe). Any timely and coherent subject of broad neuroscience interest will be considered. Proposals related to the recent advances in system and behavioural neurosciences are especially appreciated. One symposium per day is dedicated for young emerging neuroscientists. Four symposia are reserved for societies of neighbouring countries. All neighbouring societies are strongly encouraged to organize their own symposia.

Symposia of special interest will be organized on advocacy, animals in research, ethics in neuroscience and history of neuroscience.

Proposal Format

All proposals must include:

  • Title of the symposium
  • Principal organizer (Name, institution, email address) responsible for communicating with speakers.
  • Minimum of 4 Speakers (Names, affiliations, email addresses, and tentative talk titles). Only those speakers who have been contacted and have confirmed to participate should be listed.
  • A brief session description (< 400 words) should focus on the theme of the session. This may include background information, goals, objectives, importance, and interest to the audience. The description should avoid overly specialized language as it will appear in the online program.
  • Session justification (< 250 words): The justification should focus on how the review criteria are met by the proposal. It should not simply repeat the description.
  • One sentence of session summary (<50 words): A short version of the session description to appear in the printed program.

Selection Criteria

All proposals will be reviewed by the Program Committee which may accept, decline, or offer an opportunity to present the proposed work in a more appropriate format. Principal organizers will be notified of decisions by November 18, 2016.

Symposium proposals will be assessed using the following criteria:

  • significant contributions to the mechanistic understanding of physiological or pathophysiological processes in neuroscience
  • innovative or interdisciplinary approaches and methodology
  • examples of how the public benefits from neuroscience research
  • broad enough appeal to generate large audiences
  • track record of the CONFIRMED speakers


Program Committee

Chair: Gábor Tamás, Dept. of Physiology, University of Szeged, Hungary


  • Zoltán Nusser, President of Hungarian Neuroscience Society, Institute of Experimental Medicine of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences
  • Tamás Freund, Past President of the Hungarian Neuroscience Society, Past President of FENS, Honorary President of the Conference, Director of Institute of Experimental Medicine of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences
  • Robert Gabriel – Dept. of Experimental Zoology and Neurobiology, University of Pecs
  • Istvan Abraham - Dept. of Physiology& Szentagothai Research Centre, University of Pecs
  • Rui M. Costa, Chair – FENS Programme Committee


How to submit?

Please use the following website to upload your proposal: fensfrm.hu

For any question, please contact Dora Reglodi: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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