Young Neuroscience Symposium 2020

Young Neuroscience Symposium 2020

The Young Neuroscience Symposium 2020 will be held online on the 6th November.

There is an excellent line up of talks from established and early career neuroscientists which promises to make this and exciting symposium.

The key not lecture will be given by Prof. Federico Calegari, Professor at the Center for Regenerative Therapy, Germany who will talk about “Giving more neurons to the brain, from the womb to the grave”

For full programme see NSI YSI Flyer and Programme 2020

In addition, the Neuroscience Ireland Early Career Investigator will be announced and present on their work during this symposium.

Abstract submission and registration is now open – click here

Deadline for abstract submission is the 30th September 2020

Nominations for the NSI Early Career Investigator Award

Nominations for the NSI Early Career Investigator Award

Nominations are being sought for the NSI Early Career Investigator Award.

Awards are presented to outstanding research scientists who have made exciting basic science or clinical contributions to the field of neuroscience. For previous winners click here

The Award will be presented at the Young Investigators Symposium on November 6th.

Nominees must be

  • members of the NSI
  • within 8 years of receiving their terminal degree (PhD or MD)
  • not yet in an academic position


Nominations can be made by emailing and including a brief reason for your nomination.

Nomination deadline 30th September

Fiona Martyn wins ENCP’s Got Talent 2020!

Fiona Martyn wins ENCP’s Got Talent 2020!

Congratulations to PhD student, Fiona Martyn, from Dr Dara Cannon’s research team at NUI Galway who won the “ECNP’s Got Talent” contest at the 33rd European College of Neuropsychopharmacology conference which was held online from 12-15th September.

You can read Fiona’s full report on the event, and her fantastic win, here.

Fiona began her PhD in NUI Galway’s Clinical Neuroimaging Laboratory in September 2018. Her PhD research uses in vivo neuroimaging techniques to investigate the relationship between alterations in the structure and function of the brain, and moderate and binge alcohol use in bipolar disorder.

Fiona has a BSc Psychology with Neuropsychology from Bangor University, North Wales. She has previously worked as a Youth Outreach Alcohol and Other Drugs counsellor in Melbourne, Australia, and as a Drug Diversion Alcohol and Other Drugs Counsellor in rural Australia.

NSI August Newsletter

NSI August Newsletter

Check out the NSI August newsletter here for some of the key activities NSI has been involved in over the past few months including the support of 13 young Irish Neuroscientists to present their work at the FENS 2020 virtual forum, 3 NSI members have been elected to prominent FENS committee roles and the NSI Young Investigator Symposium is now open for registration and abstract submissions.

Remember that, if you ever have any news or events you would like us to share with the Irish Neuroscience community, please email us at

FENS committee roles for current and former NSI Presidents

FENS committee roles for current and former NSI Presidents

Neuroscience Ireland is delighted to announce that our current President, Áine Kelly from Trinity College Dublin, and two past Presidents, Eilís Dowd from NUI Galway and Richard Roche from Maynooth University, have been elected to new committee roles within FENS (Federation of European Neuroscience Societies).

Drawing members from 33 European national societies, including Neuroscience Ireland, and 11 single discipline societies,  FENS brings together over 20,000 neuroscientists across 33 European countries. Its mission is to advance research and education in neuroscience within and outside Europe and to facilitate interaction and coordination between its members.  It achieves much of this mission through the work of its committees, thus it is a great coup for Neuroscience Ireland to have 3 members in such important and influential roles at European level.

Eilís has been elected Chair, and Richard has been elected to membership, of  the FENS Communications Committee. Its purpose is to strengthen FENS identity and increase visibility of its activities among the scientific community and its partners in order that the work of FENS and its member societies can reach the widest audience possible and make the greatest impact. It also has an important role in facilitating communication between members. In the midst of a  global pandemic, with remote working and limited international travel, this communications work is more important now than ever.

Áine has been elected to the Committee on Higher Education and Training, which manages programmes that offer opportunities for education and professional development in neuroscience throughout Europe. Higher education opportunities include high-level schools, advanced training courses, travel grants, programmes for student exchange and short visits. FENS also connects national institutions for higher neuroscience education in Europe, providing a platform for interaction and exchange of best practices.

All three were elected to the respective committees at the FENS virtual forum in July 2020 and will serve in their roles until July 2022. Warmest congratulations and best of luck to each!