2nd Swiss Early-career Researchers Symposium

Encoding Reward and Punishment

From Single Cells to Behavior

21st February 2020


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the maximum number of participants has been reached!

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due to cancellations

The registration is now open for the 2nd Swiss Early-career Researchers Symposium (ERS), “Encoding reward and punishment: From single cells to behavior”, scheduled on Friday, the 21st of February 2020 (the immediate day preceding the annual Swiss Society for Neuroscience meeting) in Bern (exact location to be announced).

The ERS is supported by the Swiss Society for Neuroscience (SSN) and organized by the young Swiss Society for Neuroscience (ySSN). The ySSN is made up of a team of PhD students and postdoctoral fellows that aims to promote collaboration and scientific exchange among young neuroscientists in Switzerland. 

At the symposium, we provide a casual yet formal environment for early-career researchers to share and discuss their work through talks and poster presentations. This upcoming symposium will focus on the latest findings, developments and open questions regarding how the brain processes the association between different situations and cues as rewarding or punishing. In the keynote lecture, Dr. Marcus Stephenson-Jones (Sainsbury Wellcome Centre, London) will introduce the topic and present the work of his research group, titled “Involvement of ventral pallidal neurons in reward seeking and punishment avoidance”.

We also aim at providing new impulses to get people thinking. For this purpose we invited Max Bautista Perpinyà from the Journal of Trial and Error. JOTE came as an idea to contribute constructively to the sciences and the humanities by shifting our focus from spectacular and groundbreaking discoveries to the day to day reality of trying and erring. It presents itself as a conversation starter and Max will discuss with the audience in which way we can improve science. Together.

To facilitate scientific exchange among all young neuroscientists within Switzerland, we encourage everyone to share their work and to participate in the symposium regardless of their specialty in neuroscience. The symposium will conclude with a panel discussion (moderated by Maria Sol Fustinana Gueler) during which the panelists will discuss about future directions, trending technologies and necessary turnarounds in neuroscience and as well as science in general.

If you are a master's student, PhD student or a postdoctoral fellow, and a member of the SSN, we would like to invite you to present your work at our upcoming ERS. It doesn’t matter if your project is in early stages and not publication ready. You can showcase your innovative work through a talk or a poster presentation, during which you can interact with your peers from across the country. This opportunity will also help to hone your presentation skills in a stimulating and friendly environment.

NOTE: There is a limited number of oral and poster presentations. Speakers and poster presenters will be selected from all applicants.

If you would like to register as a speaker, please click on the "Register as a speaker" button at the top of this page. Oral presentations consist of a 10 minutes talk followed by 5 minutes open discussion and will take place in front of the whole audience.

In the application form, please tell us about yourself and why you would like to speak at the event. Don’t forget to mention the topic of your work and the preliminary title that we can use to announce your presentation in the program.

​If you would like to present a poster, please click on the button "Present a poster" and follow the instructions inside the form.

If you would like to apply for both, just register as a speaker as mentioned above and state in the “notes” section so that your application counts for both formats at the same time. While you can apply for both, each presenter can only either give a talk or present a poster.

If you would like to attend but not present, please fill the form in "Register".


Registration is for free but mandatory. Knowing the number of participants will help us organize the catering and the social events accordingly.

If you are a group leader, or a Neuroscience student not working toward a master's degree, a PhD or as a postdoctoral fellow, or if you are simply interested in the topic, do feel free to register and join us at this event. You will find a vibrant and friendly atmosphere to discuss the latest neuroscientific advances in Switzerland. 

The symposium is open only to SSN members. If you haven't registered or renewed your SSN membership for the year 2020 yet, please follow the instructions at https://www.swissneuroscience.ch/membership-benefits/ to obtain or retain your membership.

Participation and meals are free of charge. Please let us know about any special food requirements you may have.

We look forward to seeing you all in Bern!


University of Bern

Department of Physiology

Seminarroom 259

Bühlplatz 5 - 3012 Bern

Program outline

8:30    Registration

9:00    Opening remarks

9:15     Keynote lecture Dr. Marcus Stephenson-Jones
10:15   Coffee break
10:45   Oral presentations by young neuroscientists

12:15    Max Bautista Perpinyà
12:30    Lunch break and first poster session
14:00   Oral presentations by young neuroscientists
15:30   Coffee break and second poster session
17:00   Best presentation award and final remarks

17:15    Panel discussion (moderated by Maria Sol
            Fustinana Gueler)
            Followed by an apéro

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