Meeting Overview

The 2020 Early-Career Researchers Symposium took place on February 29th, 2020 at the University of Bern's Institute of Physiology. Thank you to all our participants for making this event a success. 

This year's meeting focused on the latest developments and open questions regarding the processing of reward and punishment in the brain. The ERS meeting program was composed of a morning keynote lecture by Dr. Marcus Stephenson-Jones from the University College London Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour. This was followed by morning and afternoon plenary lectures showcasing cutting-edge neuroscience research conducted by trainees at universities across Switzerland. In between lectures, poster sessions were held in which trainees presented and discussed their current findings and shared their knowledge with one another.


The meeting concluded with a lively panel discussion on navigating professional relationships with supervisors, peers, and institutions, followed by a social reception to promote networking.

Keynote Lecture

Dr. Marcus Stephenson-Jones

09:15 – 10:15

Sainsbury Wellcome Centre, London, UK

"Involvement of ventral pallidal neurons in reward seeking and punishment avoidance"

Coffee break

10:15 – 10:45

Meeting Program

Registration; Coffee and croissants


09:00 – 09:15

Welcome and opening remarks

Morning Lectures

Gwendolin Schoenfeld

10:45 – 11:00

University of Zürich (Group Helmchen)

"Reward-related functional changes in tuft dendrites of L5 pyramidal neurons in S1 during learning of a tactile discrimination task"

Simon d’Aquin

11:00 – 11:15

FMI, Basel (Group Lüthi)

"Compartment-specific plasticity in the lateral amygdala during fear learning"

Michael Kintscher

11:15 – 11:30

EPFL (Group Schneggenburger)

“Antagonistic but coordinated action of direct/indirect pathway medium spiny neurons in learned fear”

Silvia Monari

11:30 – 11:45

EPFL (Group Sandi)

“Fear extinction impairments in rats selected for blunted glucocorticoid responsiveness”

Sebastian Krüttner

11:45 – 12:00

FMI, Basel (Group Caroni)

“ASD-like behavioral phenotypes in Shank3-/- mice reflect specific deficits to engage to novelty”

Mario Acuña

12:00 – 12:15

University of Bern (Group Nevian)

“Network dynamics in the Anterior Cingulate Cortex”

Max Bautista Perpinyà

12:15 – 12:25

Utrecht University

“Journal of Trial and Error – Revising Science in the Making”

Afternoon Lectures

Clément Prévost-Solié

14:00 – 14:15

University of Geneva (Group Bellone)

“Dissecting aspects of social interaction encoded by Dopamine neurons within the Ventral Tegmental Area”

Hazem Toutounji

14:15 – 14:30

University of Zürich and ETH Zürich (Group Hahnloser)

“Inferring the subjective value of juvenile zebra finch's own song during motor learning”

Basil Preisig

14:30 – 14:45

University of Zürich (Group Hervais-Adelman)

“Modulating interhemispheric functional connectivity during auditory speech perception”

Guiseppe Zito

14:45 – 15:00

Hôpitaux Universitaires La Pitié salpêtrière (Group Worbe)

“Modulation of the sense of agency in functional neurological disorders using non-invasive brain stimulation”

Marc Grau Leguia

15: 00 – 15:15

University of Bern (Group Baud)

“Chronotypes in focal epilepsy”

Aagam Shah

15:15 – 15:30

ETH Zürich (Group Yanik)

“Non-invasive, receptor-specific, millimeter-precision manipulation of brain circuits”

Poster Session 1

Poster Session 1 and Lunch

12:30 – 14:00

Poster Session 2

Poster Session 2 and Coffee Break

15:30 – 17:00

Closing Session

Best Presentation award and Closing remarks

17:00 – 17:15

Panel discussion

17:15 – 18:30

moderated by Sol Fustiñana

FMI, Basel (Group Lüthi)

Norbert Hogrefe

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