Welcome to the Swiss Society for Neuroscience

Meeting Announcements

Januar 24, 2015 Fribourg, Switzerland


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January 29-30, 2015 Zurich, Switzerland

Annual LS2 meeting

SSN is a guest society, SSN members are eligible for discount registration fees

March 18-22, 2015 Nice, France

12th International Conference on Alzheimer’s & Parkinson’s Diseases

April 7-11, 2015
Sölden, Austria
17th International Neuroscience Winter Conference

July 7-11

Rio de Janeiro

9th IBRO World Congress

 Symposium submission deadline: January 31, 2014


Mai - Nov.


Cortona and Bressanone, Italy Advanced Neuroscience courses, organized by the 
Neuroscience School of Advanced Studies

Open Calls for Grant and Prize Applications


SSN-IBRO Fellowship

The SSN-IBRO fellowship is awarded yearly on a competitive basis, and supports a foreign post-doctoral fellow from a less priviledged country for one year to perform basic or clinical research in a Swiss academic institution



Research Prize of the Swiss Brain League

Every two years, the Swiss Brain League awards a prize of CHF 20,000 to a Swissresearch group in recognition of its outstanding scientific contribution in the field ofneurological research. Both clinical and basic research projects are eligible.

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SSN Travel Fellowship

The SSN offers travel fellowships for its student-members and junior postdoc members (up to 5 years of post-doc training) to attend all neuroscience meetings, but the FENS Forum and the SFN Annual Meeting are favored. 

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Latest News

Creation of the FENS-Kavli Network of excellence

FENS is pleased to announce the FENS-Kavli Network of Excellence – a new and exciting FENS activity in partnership with the Kavli Foundation.
The FENS–Kavli Network of Excellence, which was announced during the recent FENS Forum in Milan, aims at establishing a European network of excellent young neuroscientists. These will potentially be the leaders of European neuroscience a decade from now!

As member profiles we aim to host a network of young independent group leaders in the age of around +/-35 with experience 4 - 10 years post PhD graduation, who are 1) excellent scientists and 2) are motivated to invest time to the benefit of the European neuroscience community and to advocate and disseminate neuroscience to the lay public.
The network will be self-organising in a manner that is quite similar to the structure known from several of the European national young academies. FENS, in partnership with the Kavli Foundation will provide funds and administrative support for the network, including one annual meeting at the The Kavli Royal Society in Chicheley Hall in London. The network will effectively start in January 2015 with a group of approximately 20 highly qualified and motivated young scholars that can help further define the network and its working agenda for the next years.
Self-nomination is warmly encouraged and simply requires that two support letters from senior neuroscientists accompany the nomination. FENS would highly appreciate your involvement in alerting the most excellent young scientists in Europe and beyond to the Network, and possibly that you assist with a personal support letter where appropriate.
I enclose to this message a copy of the call for nominations as well as the nomination form. For further information regarding the network of excellence, please visit the FENS website on: http://www.fens.org/Outreach/FENS-Kavli-Network-of-Excellence/
 . You are naturally also welcome to contact FENS Executive Director, Lars Kristiansen for information you may need in this regard.
Please note the deadline for nominations on October 15. 2014.

SSN Best Publication Award 2013

At the 2014 Annual Meeting in Bern the SSN Best Publication Award was given to Christian Pozzorini from the Brain Mind Institute of the EPFL  for his publication entitled 'Temporal Whitening by Power Law Adaption in Pyramidal Neurons' published in Nature Neuroscience, 2013, Jul; 16(7): 942-948.


SSN Volker Henn Poster Award 2014

The SSN Volker Henn Poster Awards 2014 have been given to Foivos Markopoulos, Geneva (Molecular Neuroscience), Steffen Wolff, Basel (Systems Neuroscience), and Laurent Sheybani, Geneva (Clinical Neuroscience).


SSN Honorary Member 2014

The SSN Council selected Prof. Hans-Rudolf Lüscher, fomer director of the Instutute of Physiology at the University of Berne as Honorary member of the SSN for his outstanding scientific achievements and his continuous support and promotion of Neuroscience in Switzerland.


The Young SSN is ONLINE

At the last Business Meeting in Geneva the young SSN was created. It consists of 7 PhD/postdocs of 7 different institutions in Geneva, Lausanne, Bern, Zurich and Basel. They now created a web page dedictaed to the young members of our society providing information about events, talks, jobs, News etc., etc. The member zone of this web page can be accessed by members of the SSN only.

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SSN Best Publication Award 2012

At the 2013 Annual Meeting in Geneva the SSN Best Publication Award was presented to Kristina Schulz (University Zurich) for her publication entitled 'Simultaneous BOLD fMRI and fiber-optic calcium recording in rat neocortex' published in Nature Methods, 2012 Jun;9(6):597-602.


SSN Volker Henn Poster Award 2013

The SSN Volker Henn Poster Awards have been given to Sahana Murthy, Geneva (Molecular Neuroscience), Gijs Plomp, Geneva (Systems Neuroscience), and Diana Wotruba, Zurich (Clinical Neuroscience)

Robert-Bing-Prize 2012 for Andreas Papassotiropoulos and Michael Sinnreich

The Robert-Bing-Prize 2012 of the SAMS (Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences) has been awarded to Andreas Papassotiropoulos and Michael Sinnreich. The award ceremony was held at the Annual Meeting of the SSN in Geneva, on February 2nd, 2013.


Théodore-Ott-Prize 2012 for Adriano Aguzzi and Pico Caroni

The SAMS (Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences) recognizes the life-time achievements of Adriano Aguzzi and Pico Caroni with the Théodore-Ott-Prize. The award ceremony will be held at the 2nd Congress of the Swiss Federation of Clinical Neuro-Societies (SFCNS) in Montreux (June 5-7, 2013).


Petition to defend a full access of Switzerland to European Research and Education programs 

Following the adoption of the initiative against mass immigration the SSN council has launched a petition that ask the Federal Council to strongly stand up for our rights to participate in European research and education programs and to recruit foreign researchers. It is very clear that the exclusion of Switzerland from these research and education programs would be a very substantial loss for neuroscience research, like any other research, in our country. The petition has been signed by 338 members of the SSN and has been sent to the We have formulated a petition that we will send to the Federal Council with the list of SSN members who signed the petition. 388 members of the SSN signed the petition that was sent to the Swiss Federal Council on March 4, 2014. The text of the petition and the response of the Federal Council (Bundesrat Schneider-Ammann) can be downloaded here:

SSN Announcement Policy

Please note that the SSN does not, as a rule, send Email announcements to its members about prizes or scientific events organized by non-SSN members. The SSN does, however, post relevant announcements on the present web page, and will actively support communication about events organized by SSN members.

The SSN is a member of the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS)