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Neuroscience as a whole is the quickest evolving field in science, almost 100.000 articles on neuroscientific topics were published in 2014 alone. As a young neuroscientist, it is hard to keep up with what is happening throughout the field of Neuroscience. Yet this knowledge from other subfields is needed to come up with provocative theories and to be able to develop new techniques. After all, optogenetics would not have been developed without the combined knowledge from optics and biology, and grid cells would not have been discovered without the researchers’ curiosity in both behavior and cellular neuroscience.
We believe that open-minded interaction with fellow neuroscientists, and beyond, is key to move the field forward.
Therefore, the aim of the ENCODS 2016 is threefold:
In order to create this interactive environment, our strategy is also three-fold. First, we invite a diverse team of prominent scientists that have an influence on neuroscience that far outreaches their own field, touching even upon philosophy of neuroscience. Second, the interactive program gives ample opportunity for interactions with fellow researchers, more than what would be possible at a large-scale Neuroscience meeting. Third, by adding skill training in workshops specifically designed for PhD students, we want to add up to what these large Neuroscience conferences can offer.
This way, we hope that every participant will walk away from ENCODS2016 with an elevated curiosity on all aspects of neuroscience, as well as with life-long contacts, both for collaborations and friendships.