We are very excited to announce the FENS Satellite Event “ISTA-FKNE-CHET Young PI Symposium”, two days before the main FENS meeting.

ISTA-FKNE-CHET Young PI “Transition to Independence” symposium will provide an interactive scientific, leadership, and networking platform for early career group leaders (0-10 years) in the field of neuroscience.

Starting and (effectively) running a group has various challenges. Scientifically, early group leaders must hire motivated and talented people, set-up the necessary infrastructure, get experiments running (in case of an experimental group), manage all projects including troubleshooting, acquire funds, and more. They also must develop from being “just-a-scientist” to a leader, mentor, and coach. Peer support is beneficial to drive this transition process, but finding peers can be difficult.

This symposium’s goal is to initiate a peer.

The first part of the day will focus on science: participants across different neuroscience disciplines will share their scientific expertise, discover common interests, and set the basis for future collaborations.

The second part focuses on the development of leadership, mentorship and (lab) management, to run a successful group.

We will provide ample networking opportunities, including coffee breaks, lunch, and dinner reception.

Application for this event must be submitted by April 30, 2024, 23:59 CET.  
Please note that a small registration fee of 50 EUR will apply, once the application is accepted.

We will select 60 Young PIs from the application pool: Eligible scientists are those who will start their own group within the next 6 months or who have been an independent PI for a maximum of up to 10 years.

  • We strive for the inclusion of an engaged and diverse PI cohort, therefore applications may be given preference to accommodate an equal inclusion of participants from different countries and disciplines. 

We ask you to formally register. We aim exclusively for an in-person event.

Sandra Siegert (ISTA)
Lora Sweeney (ISTA)

Organizing Committee:
Nora Raschle (Universität Zurich)
Mateusz C. Ambrozkiewicz (Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin)
Nikos Konstantinides (Institut Jacques Monod Paris)
Dorothy Tse (Edge Hill University)
Celine Gillebert (KU Leuven)
Hilde Janssens (ISTA)