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European Neuroscience and Society Network tackles neurosocieties head-on
Date:2/15/2008

on to bridging inter-disciplinary divides, the conference offered participants an affordable venue for experts to meet: Many industry events are prohibitively expensive for a lot of social scientists, particularly junior researchers. Another positive aspect of the event was that we were able to host one of the neurotechnology industrys leading representatives at an accessible event open to researchers from a variety of disciplines. This fostered a large amount of productive dialogue.

According to McGoey, increasing cross-disciplinary literacy is a continuing challenge since experts with different perspectives on the implications of neuroscience have few opportunities to meet, a challenge which the ENSN seeks to resolve.

Future events designed to bridge this divide include an invitational workshop to be held at Harvard University in May, providing European members of the network with an opportunity to engage with researchers in the US. In addition, Dr. Giovanni Frazzetto, co-founder and advisory expert to ENSN, is chairing a neuroschool to take place in Rome in September. The first inter-disciplinary neuroschool, an ENSN initiative, will bring together junior researchers, neuroscientists and social scientists to exchange disciplinary skills. The participants will receive hands-on training on behavioural genetics and contextualization in contemporary society, focusing on the genetic disposition of certain anxiety and psychiatric disorders. Finally, another European conference is planned in Portugal in spring 2009. A call for applications inviting individual researchers to submit abstracts to the conference in Portugal will be issued by the ENSN shortly.


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Contact: Dr. Frank Kuhn
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European Science Foundation
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