ESF makes brain waves

Over the past few decades, brain research has made great progress on all fronts, but much more is still to be discovered. To facilitate this, brain research in Europe needs decisive effort with more investment, clearly defined and innovative strategies and better coordination. ESF has always been heavily involved in promoting innovation and collaboration in brain research - from conferences to research networking programmes. 

European Month of the Brain

ESF is involved in a number of events during May’s European Month of the Brain, including:

 This EU and Irish Presidency Conference aims at delivering policy recommendations for brain research and healthcare.

 ESF has jointly organised with the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS) and the European Brain Council a meeting to bring together key stakeholders in brain research, health and innovation in Europe.

 This ESF Exploratory Workshop will investigate the mechanisms behind neuronal variability.

Upcoming conferences

In addition to the event’s this month, ESF has partnered with FENS to organise two conferences later this year

These conferences are part of a series of high-level meetings on the neurosciences in Europe, bringing together outstanding researchers in key areas of neuroscience to discuss current concepts and define challenges for future research.

Past activity

ESF has a long history of supporting brain research, initiatives include:

Alongside London School of Economics and Kings College London, ESF has helped to establish this network to serve as a multidisciplinary forum for discussion on the social implications of the neurosciences. 

ESF awarded the 2009 Latsis prize to Professors Chris and Uta Frith for their contribution to understanding the human mind and brain.

ESF published a strategic report identifying the opportunities for research on the human brain in all scientific domains.