1st Annual Meeting of the NeuroLeman Network and Doctoral Schools 2019 (NLN'19)

Program and other details | Registration | Awards of the Jean Falk-Vairant Foundation | Award of the Amicitia Association

Program and other details

The NeuroLeman Network and Doctoral Schools Meeting will take place on May 2-4, 2019, in Les Diablerets.

While May 2 will be a day aor Lemanic PIs to meet and discuss, May 3 and 4 are dedicated to lectures, encounters, presentations and social activities common for PhD candidates and PIs. 

The meeting program on May 3-4 is organized by members of the BMI-EPFL, namely

  • as PIs: Kathryn Hess-Bellwald, Gabriele Grenningloh, Carl Petersen & Ralf Schneggenburger


  • as student commitee: Cristina Colangelo, Nathan Riguet, Choung Oh-Hyeon (EPFL)


Program details can be found below; plenary lectures will be given by:

  • Michael Hausser (University College London, UK): All-optical interrogation in behaving animals
  • Laura Andreae (Centre for Developmental Neurobiology, King’s College London, UK): The role of spontaneous neurotransmitter realease during neuronal development

  • Kathryn Hess-Bellwald (EPFL): Topological insights in neurocience

  • Pavan Ramdya (EPFL): Reverse-engineering drosophila behavior

15 Data Blitz talks by PhD candidates in neuroscience from the Lemanic region wil complete the scientific talk program. The slots are given on a competetive basis once PhD candidates choose the option to present a concise insight into their research when submitting their presentation abstract. The blitz talk should not last longer than 10min (and leaving 3min for questions from the audience).

On Friday evening, all PhD candidates are asked to present their research in a poster session, paralleled by an aperitif with many possibilities to discuss with fellow students and more senior researchers. These discussions can of course be continued at the conference dinner at the Hotel Victoria. All oral and poster presentations will enter the competition for the Jean Falk-Vairant award as every year.



The meeting is free of charge for PhD candidates registered in the following programs (LNDS candidates beyond the first year are obliged to present a poster/talk; the other doctoral programs usually only grant an ECTS when a poster/talk is presented):

  •     Lemanic Neuroscience Doctoral School (LNDS)
  •     EPFL-EDNE program (including PhD students from non-BMI labs)
  •     EPFL-EDBB program (only PhD students from BMI labs)

Meeting registration is closed.

  • Registration with abstract submission (poster or blitz talk) was before March 1, 2019 (maximal abstract length 250 words).
  • Registration without abstract submission was before on April 1, 2019

Awards of the Jean Falk-Vairant Foundation

The Foundation Jean Falk-Vairant each year attributes two prizes during the meeting, i.e.

- for the best poster or oral presentation in fundamental neuroscience
- for the best best poster or oral presentation in clinical/applied neuroscience



Award of the Amicitia Association


The Amicitia Association awards an Excellence Prize in recognition of outstanding scientific research in all areas of neuroscience. The aim of the award is to support graduates from the doctoral programs in neuroscience in the Lemanic area who are continuing their scientific career in an international academic institution.


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