24 a 27 Oct. 2023

Champalimaud Research Neuro Symposium 2023

We are pleased to invite you to submit your abstract to the Champalimaud Research Symposium 2023 - Neuroscience Edition (#CRSy23, #BrainBodyWorld23), taking place on October 24-27, at the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown, Lisbon, Portugal, with the theme The brain within the body within the world - The neuroscience of the self.

Champalimaud Research Neuro Symposium 2023

#CRSy23 #BrainBodyWorld23 aims to foster the discussion of how internal states, such as hunger, thirst, and emotion, are generated and regulated by the brain, and how they interact with the body and the external world to drive behaviour. 

The symposium will cover a wide range of topics, including the neurobiology of self-awareness, the role of cognitive maps in navigation, and the gut-brain axis in regulating behaviour. The talks will span multiple species, from humans to mice and insects, and will cover a variety of techniques, including electrophysiology, neuroimaging, and molecular biology, providing a forum for researchers to share their latest findings and discuss emerging themes in the field.

Confirmed Invited Speakers

Albino Oliveira-Maia, Neuropsychiatry Unit, Champalimaud Foundation (Lisbon, PT)
Anissa Kempf, Biozentrum - The Center for Molecular Life Sciences, University of Basel (Basel, CH)
Carlos Ribeiro, Behaviour and Metabolism Lab, Champalimaud Foundation (Lisbon, PT)
Dana M. Small, Departments of Neurology and Neurosurgery and Medicine, McGill University (Montreal, CA)
Daniel McNamee, Natural Intelligence Lab, Champalimaud Foundation (Lisbon, PT)
David Foster, Li Ka Shing Center for Biomedical and Health Sciences, Department of Psychology and Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute, University of California (Berkeley, USA)
Jan Ache, Ache Lab for Sensorimotor Flexibility, University of Würzburg (Germany, DE)
Olaf Blanke, Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience, EPFL (Geneva, CH)
Sarah Garfinkel, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London (London, UK)
Susana Lima, Neuroethology Lab, Champalimaud Foundation (Lisbon, PT)
Valeria Gazzola, Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, University of Amsterdam (Amsterdam, NL)
Zachary Knight, Kavli Institute for Fundamental Neuroscience, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University of California San Francisco (California, USA)

Abstract Submission

Researchers and students have until July 21 to submit their work, which will undergo scientific evaluation to ensure consistency with the topic of the symposium (registration won’t be required at this point). 

A limited number of abstracts will be selected for short talks and the remaining abstracts will be invited for poster presentations. Authors will be notified of the results in early August and a limited number of travel grants will be available for those attending the event in-person. 

Further details can be found in the Abstracts section of the #CRSy23 #BrainBodyWorld23 website

#CRSy23 Format

This symposium features an exciting programme that includes talks from internationally renowned speakers (see the list below), selected short presentations, poster sessions and networking & social activities. By bringing together a diverse range of experts, this event aims to deepen the understanding of how the brain generates and regulates internal states, and to identify new avenues for research, collaboration and application.

Participants from all over the world will be welcomed  to the #CRSy23 #BrainBodyWorld23 and participate in a lively and stimulating hybrid meeting, either online or in-person at our unique venue. We hope that you will be able to join us and share your work, as we are positive that it will greatly contribute to the quality and relevance of this meeting.

Institutional Partners

Portuguese Society for Neuroscience and the Portuguese Society of Psychiatry and Mental Health.


We hope to see you in October! If you have any questions, please contact symposium@research.fchampalimaud.org

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