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Neuroscience Meeting

Neuroscience Meeting

Online • 9-11 June 2021

9-11 June 2021


  • Thesis Prize

    Dutch Neurofederation Ph.D. Thesis Prize 2019 and 2020

    The Dutch Neurofederation is announcing the PhD Thesis Prize for 2019 and 2020. Because the DNM was cancelled last year due to the corona pandemic, this year’s competition is open to all candidates who successfully obtained a doctorate degree from a Dutch university based on a neuroscience-related Ph.D. thesis dating either 2019 or 2020. The quality of the thesis will be assessed along the following criteria: Significance of the research, advancement to the neuroscience field, the originality of the approach, scope and depth of the thesis, the overall presentation of the thesis, and quality of the writing. Two selection committees of three members will advise the organizing committee who will decide the winner of the Ph.D. prizes. The selection procedure is confidential, and the results are not open for debate.

    Deadline for submission of the nominations is Friday 23 April 2021, 23.00 CET. Candidates may nominate themselves or be proposed by their (co-)supervisor. Please send to the below address:

    • An electronic PDF version of the thesis with a letter of recommendation by email.
    • Three hard-copies of the thesis accompanied with the letter of recommendation.

    Both winners each receive €1,000 and in addition the 2020 winner will have the opportunity to give an online presentation about the findings in the thesis during the award ceremony at the Dutch Neuroscience Meeting (9–11 June 2021).

    Address to send the Ph.D. theses

    Prof. dr. Helmut Kessels
    Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences
    University of Amsterdam
    Postbus 94246
    1090 GE Amsterdam

    Organizing committee

    Prof. dr. Helmut Kessels (h.kessels@uva.nl) and Prof. dr. Maarten Kole (m.kole@nin.knaw.nl).

  • Top Paper Award

    Dutch Neurofederation Top Paper Award 2021

    The Dutch Neuroscience Meeting will continue its tradition of putting Top Science in the spotlight.
    The aim is to present recent work performed by scientists, preferably in The Netherlands.
    The work must have been published in 2019 or 2020 in a top journal and be of interest to a broad (Dutch neuroscience) audience.

    Important information regarding eligibility of the article and description of importance

    • The paper should be an original research article published in an international peer review journal between 01.01.2019 – 31.12.2020 (no "Epub ahead of print").
    • The first author should have a Dutch affiliation, or the motivation should state clearly what the link is to The Netherlands.
    • Maximum of 1 page summary addressing the significance of the work.
    • PDF of the article.
    • A signed statement by the first and last authors of the article (and the corresponding author if this is not the first or the last) confirming their support for the nomination and that they agree with the selection of the nominee and, in case of multiple first authors, the selection of the speaker at the DNM 21.
    • Members of the selection committee may not be a co-author on the submitted paper.

    Selection procedure

    A small committee will examine all proposals received. Papers will be selected using the provided information describing the importance of the research and the interest for a broad audience.

    Award procedure

    The first author of the best article will be invited to present her or his work at the Top Paper session scheduled on Thursday, 10 June 2021.

    The Prize

    There will be a prize of 250 EUR.

    Time frame

    • Deadline for submission of the nominations is 23 April 2021.
    • The winner will be notified in the beginning of May and will be asked to prepare a lecture for the DN Meeting.
    • The award ceremony will be held on Thursday, 10 June.

    Contact address to submit your nominees

    You are strongly encouraged to submit your nominees to the Chairs of the DNM Top Paper Committee, Frank Meye and Daniel van den Hove, at d.vandenhove@maastrichtuniversity.nl before 23 April 2021.

  • Poster Prizes

    DNM Poster Prize Awards 2021

    The DNM Organising Committee always appreciates high-quality and well-designed posters. Therefore the DNM Organising Committee will hand out two poster prizes per poster session: a total of 6 poster prizes, 2 for Master students and 4 for Ph.D. students.

    The Prizes

    There will be 6 prizes of 150 EUR each.

    Selection procedure

    Selection committee

    The DNM Poster Award Committee will examine and judge all posters abstracts and pre-uploaded posters. During the DNM 21 a selected set of posters will be judged on scientific content as well as on their quality of presentation.

    Award procedure

    All poster prizes will be presented during the plenary on Thursday, 10 June, at 18:30.

  • Young Talent Award

    DNM Young Talent Prize 2021

    The DNM Organising Committee finds it important that young talents will also have the opportunity to share their research with all the DNM participants. Therefore, the DNM Organising Committee made a plenary session available for one young talented scientist. The selected young talent will be honored with the DNM Young Talent Prize 2020 and 2021.

    The Prize

    The winner receives 500 EUR.

    Selection procedure

    Selection committee

    The Young Talent Award Committee selected 3 potential candidates based on the following criteria: receiving a VENI (or similar) grant, publication record, experience abroad and other prizes received. These candidates were proposed to the DNM Programme Committee, who made the final decision regarding the winner of the Young Talent Prize 2020 and 2021. Thus, due to the cancellation of the meeting last year, this year 2 winners will be selected, one for 2020 (from the pool of 2019) and one from 2021 (from the pool of 2020).

    Award procedure

    Both winners of The Young Talent Prize will be awarded and The Young Talent Prize winner 2021 will be invited to make a presentation at the Young Talent session scheduled on Thursday, 10 July, at 18:30. This session will be followed by an award ceremony.

  • Translational Neuroscience

    Translational Neuroscience Prize 2021

    Call for proposals

    The Organising Committee announces the "Translational Neuroscience" prize to be awarded at the meeting in 2021. The aim of this prize is to acknowledge an individual or team of researchers in The Netherlands for recent innovative research that translates to an application beyond that of the laboratory. For instance, the wider application may be in clinical or technological fields or in education of the general public. The winner/winning team will be selected by members the Organising Committee (consisting of Jos Pickaerts and Corette Wierenga) from the proposals received in response to this call.

    Call guidelines

    The proposal consists of the following documents, which have to be sent to: DNM21@azuleon.org, before 23 April 2021:

    1. Motivation letter (max 1 A4). Please mention the individual and/or team players involved and appoint one speaker, who will give the DNM 21 presentation.
    2. Publication or other document indicative of the translational research.


    The winning individual or team will receive 500 EUR and will be invited to present the work at the award ceremony scheduled for Thursday, 10 June 2021.

  • Master students

    Master students

    The Dutch Neuroscience Meeting provides free participation to Master students who present a poster. Please check the Information page for details.