Neuroscience occupies a unique position as one of the most interdisciplinary fields of today. A successful neuroscientist is expected to be proficient in aspects of engineering, biology, physics, psychology and statistics. While interactions between so many experts presents unique opportunities for progress, it also poses certain challenges.

In the second instantiation of the European Neuroscience Conference by Doctoral Students (ENCODS2015), our aim is to provide graduate students with the tools to overcome these challenges.

Our approach is threefold. First, we seek to invite a stellar team of scientists who can lead by example and show how they have successfully bridged multiple fields in their own work. Second, by having an unconventional and progressive program with a focus on fostering interactions through workshops, group work and discussion, we hope that every single participant will walk away from the conference with an array of new contacts that will remain collaborators and influences throughout their careers. Third, in addition to scientific content, we will train the “softer” side of science to improve participants’ presentation and writing skills, to ensure that they can communicate effectively across lines of expertise.

The meeting will take place against the backdrop of the Atlantic Coast in Portugal, in a retreat-like fashion, to further nurture the formation of lasting ties.

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