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An updated list of neuroscience meetings, conferences, societies, travel awards and deadlines

We spend our time in the lab trying to determine molecular and cellular networks that change the brain.  At the same time we are part of the game. Without being part of something bigger, we cannot make an impact on science. Here I provide you with links to interesting mentoring opportunities, conferences in the neuroscience field and - most importantly - travel awards.

American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP)
     - for preclinical and clinical researchers that are investigating psychiatric disorders
     - hosts annual meeting around December in some warm place of the USA (Florida, Arizona, Hawaii...)
     - great way to network in the field of preclinical and clinical neuropharmacology
     - travel awards to cover transportation, daily expenses and lodging (deadline is in April) :  

American Society of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET)
     - holds annual meetings at Experimental Biology convention
     - emphasis is on neurotransmitters
     - a variety of great travel awards are available on every career level:
     - apply for a Best Presentation award as well! -

Coldspring Harbour Meetings and Workshops
    - tons of meetings and workshops available for virtually every domain of biomedical research
    - Coldspring Harbour is very easy to reach from NYC
    - registration is very pricey, though and they offer no travel awards on their website - try to find money via IBRO or EMBO

Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)
   - wide scope of this society, associated to health and biomedical research
   - offers travel awards to a variety of FASEB biomedical science meetings:

Gordon Research Conferences
    - meetings on every scientific field you can fathom, from coastal ocean dynamics to hormone-dependent cancer
    - they are typically held in the middle of nowhere but that means you will network REALLY well
    - they don't offer travel awards on their websites though so check, whether some might be near you

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) conferences on Janelia research campus
    - Janelia is conveniently located near Dulles airport of Washington DC, but you will experience some quiet nature, 
      beautiful architecture and world-class science
   - conferences comprise a large variety of topics, such as bioengineering, behavior and neuroepigenetics
   - travel stipends are available to cover lodging, registration and meals (deadline depends on date of your conference):

Keystone symposia
     - great variety of topics including neurobiology, cancer and drug discovery
     - high calibre speakers
     - National and International locations, small towns and big cities
     - financial aid is available (deadlines depend on meeting)

Society for Neuroscience (SfN)
    - annually hosts the world's biggest neuroscience meeting (typically in San Diego / Chicago / Washington DC)
    - awesome networking opportunity! importantly: attend the socials!
    - covers virtually all domains of neuroscience from fly olfaction to pain perception
    - sports special lectures from celebrity speakers from the "real world" such as the Dalai Lhama, magicians and Hollywood
    - the SfN website is a great resource for funding beyond the conference, although most of it requires you to be a US citizen

Society of Biological Psychiatry (SoBP) meetings
    - for Clinicians and Scientists interested in understanding and treating psychiatric disorders
    - annual meeting is app. May in cities around the USA (eg. Atlanta, San Diego)
    - travel awards for Americans and International participants available


Dopamine meeting
     - last meeting was in Vienna in September 2016, stay tuned for the next one
     - travel awards can be submitted while uploading your abstract

European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ENCP)
     - holds annual meetings in the most beautiful cities of Europe (e.g. Paris, Vienna, Barcelona) as well as summer schools and    
       workshops (eg. in Niece, France and Oxford, U.K.)
     -  next ECNP meeting will be September 2017 in Paris
     - covers preclinical and clinical neuropsychopharmacology
     - great networking for the European neuroscience community, whether you are a senior or new to the field
     - has several prestigious awards for various stages of your career (travel awards are 500 Euros, deadline is in April):

European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO)
    - large number of workshops and meetings on everything related to molecular biology
    - typically take place in European cities such as Heidelberg, Grenoble and Budapest
    - travel awards are available, minorities and members of low-income countries are preferred:

European Molecular and Cellular Cognition Society (EMCCS)
   - great society if you work in the learning / memory or Alzheimer's field
   - travel awards to EMCCS satellite meeting during FENS

Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS)
   - bi-annual meetings in a major European city
   - scope is general neurosciences
   - travel grants are available for grad students and postdocs (750$, deadline is in February): 

Fondation Ipsen
   - yearly meetings on latest innovative biomedical subjects
   - situated in Paris, France
   - best selection of speakers imaginable, low registration fee

Humboldt Foundation
   - for postdocs and faculty in Germany
   - tailor your stipend by using their web tool
   - if you are a woman who has lived 5-10 years abroad, trying to establish yourself in Germany, apply for the Sofja Kovalevskaja-Preis,
     which is 1.5 million Euros of funding! they have very strict criteria for eligibility though, so write to the contact person first before  
     starting any application
International Brain Research Organization (IBRO)
   - offers a large variety of research fellowships and travel grants
   - travel award is up to 1,500 Euros / 2,000 Euros to attend SfN; deadline: March; applicants from low- or middle-income countries are
     preferred (USA and Canada are excluded) 

International College of Neuropsychopharmacology (CINP)
  - like ACNP and ECNP but bigger!
  - meetings are held annually all over the world (e.g. Seoul, Stockholm, Hong Kong)
  - travel awards for postdoc below age of 35: Rafaelsen Young Investigator Travel Award (deadline is in February):

Max Planck Epigenetics Meeting
   - held biannually in Freiburg, Germany (next one is end of 2016)
   - no travel awards but you may win a huge beer Stein to drink out of as a best poster-award


1000 Girls 1000 Futures
      - organized by Global Stem Alliance and the New York Academy of Science
      - promotes mentoring of young women by carefully selected female scientists
      - free of charge!

National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN)
      - fosters diversity in science
      - provides career development opportunities such as courses on grant writing


Boeckler Promotionsstipendien
    - stipends to fund your PhD in Germany
    - for anyone under 40

Boehringer Ingelheim Fellowships
     - PhD fellowships in biomedical research for up to 3 years: 
     - maximum applicant age is 27
     - open to Europeans or Non-Europeans in Europe
     - deadlines are February 1, June 1 and October 1 of each year

Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD)
     - extensive data base for funding in Germany / funding for Germans abroad
     - includes all fields of study and research
     - contains useful links such as a scholarship data base: 

EMBO Fellowships
     - long and short-term
     - for postdocs that visit a guest laboratory for up two 2 years
     - worldwide; visit must be in a country different from where you usually work
     - deadlines are January 1 and July 1

German National Merit Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes)
     - very competitive fellowship for undergraduate and graduate students only
     - find a professor who proposes you

Human Frontiers
     -  for postdocs in the life sciences
     - funding is for up to 3 years
     - for risky or cross-disciplinary projects of very promising candidates
     - probably the most prestigous fellowship out there - very well paid!
     - deadline is in August

Marie Curie Fellowships
     - European or global fellowships for scientists with doctoral degree
     - points out that this can be used to restart your career after maternity leave!
     - for scientists that are moving between countries, such as reintegration 
     - all research areas

Medical Research Council (MRC) Fellowships
    - fellowships for students and scientists in the life scientists at various stages of their careers
    - mostly related to research in the U.K.

National Institute of Health (NIH)
    - there is a great variety of funding opportunities in this data base; however many are restricted to US-citizens or people with a
      Greencard, giving international postdocs in the USA a big disadvantage

Resources for Switzerland
    FNSNF funding for students, postdocs and faculty

    Stipends for studying

    Research funding for graduate students and above

If you know additional sources of funding or interesting conferences, please let me know!