The 3rd Mediterranean Conference of Neuroscience was a great success. It gathered more than 250 participants from not only Mediterranean countries but also from Asia, northern Europe and the Americas. It was preceded by a 3-day mini-school of Neuroscience sponsored by the NFBRIE (Neuroinsight Foundation for Brain Research Initiatives in Egypt: Cherine Fahim). Many Neuroscience societies were represented: The French Neuroscience Society (Mohamed Jaber), the International Brain Research Organization (Marina Bentivoglio), the South-Mediterranean Neuroendocrine group (Mohamed Bennis), the Society of Neuroscientists of Africa (Nouria Lakhdar Ghazal), the Société de Neuroendocrinologie (several representatives) and the International Neuroendocrine Federation (William Rostene). A total of 25 Symposia, 10 plenary lectures, 16 oral and 56 poster presentations were discussed during the meeting and were published on Frontiers website
The main achieved goal of this conference was to bring together top scientists to share their knowledge on how the brain works, how it guides our behaviour and the role played by the endocrine system in this amazing process. The far-reaching aim, however, was to build a collaborative network in Neuroscience, with much emphasis on structuring the Mediterranean research area. During the closing ceremony of the conference, a Mediterranean Neuroscience Society (MNS) has been created and an executive bureau elected. It was agreed to make its base in France and the presidency turning around Mediterranean countries (the first elected president is French: Driss Boussaoud and the first elected vice-president Egyptian: Marie Moftah).
A satellite event also took place during the conference. The first Strategic Management Committee meeting of the N€uroMed project was scheduled to gather the seven Euro-Mediterranean partners (Algeria, Egypt, France, Italy, Morocco, Spain, Turkey) around the table, where they discussed activities, workplans and workshops to be accomplished in the three upcoming years. This European project (FP7) aims at creating a Euro-mediterranean network of Neuroscience, thus rejoining and supporting the creation of the MNS.
The upcoming Mediterranean Conference (the 4th) is thus scheduled on 2012 in Istanbul, Turkey and will be organized by Yasin Temel.