ESF Research Conferences

ESF-FENS The Brain Conferences

The Neurobiology of Synapses and their Dysfunction

13-17 October 2013

Hotel La Palma, Stresa, Italy


Nils Brose, MPI, Göttingen, DE
Michael E. Greenberg, Harvard Medical School, Boston, US

Brain Conferences Committee:

T. Bonhoeffer, P. Caroni, O. Kiehn, R.G.M. Morris, I. Varela-Nieto


For accepted participants and invited speakers only.

All participants - including speakers, chairs & session chairs - are kindly requested to confirm their attendance (and, when applicable, to pay the conference fee) by filling in the registration form.

Late registrationplease see Conference fees
Registration deadline:22 September 2013
Early bird deadline:25 August 2013

List of accepted participants
List of posters



Image courtesy of Benjamin Cooper, Max Planck Institute of Experimental Medicine, Göttingen, Germany

Chemical synapses mediate signalling between nerve cells in the brain, and their generation, function and plasticity are key determinants of neuronal circuit function and behaviour. The focus of this conference will be on the molecular and cell biological mechanisms of synapse formation and function, and on the pathological aberrations of these processes that lead to neurological and psychiatric disorders.

This conference is part of a series of high-level meetings on the neurosciences in Europe. Co-organised by ESF and The Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS,  the major neuroscience association in Europe), these bi-annual conferences will bring together outstanding researchers in key broadly defined areas of contemporary neuroscience to discuss current concepts and define challenges for future research.

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How to apply

Application is now closed. 

For any queries and late applications, please contact the conference coordinator.

Conference fee

Conference fees cover an all inclusive package which includes full board accommodation in beautiful Hotel La Palma, coffee breaks, registration fee, excursion, gala dinner.

2013 fees can be found here.  

Practical Information

The meeting will be held at Hotel La Palma in Stresa, a splendid small resort town on the Lago Maggiore in Italy, only 45 km away from the International airport of Milano Malpensa. Hotel La Palma is a 4-star hotel on the lake with excellent facilities, including state-of-the-art gyms and a roof top swimming pool and bar. For more information on how to get there, please visit the Practical Information Page.

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