Wed 7

13:30 - 14:30

Fernando Stefani, CIBION – Centro de Investigaciones en Bionanociencias “Elizabeth Jares Erijman”/CONICET

Chairs: Liliana Cancela y Mario Guido

Argentina requiere mejorar drásticamente su política científico-tecnológica-productiva. El miércoles a las 13:30 el Dr. Stefani presentará un análisis de situación de las políticas de CyT de Argentina de los últimos años en el contexto global, y posibles estrategias de mejora.

19:30 - 20:30

Organizer: Verónica de la Fuente / Moderators: Verónica de la Fuente, Azul Silva, Santiago Ojea Ramos.

Invited PIs (pre-recorded): Sheena Josselyn, Meaghan Creed, Lex Kravitz, Martín Giurfa.

Invited Postdocs (live): Esteban Beckwith, Daniela Di Bella, Constanza Garcia Keller, Marcela Lipovsek, Gonzalo Piñero, Javier Zorrilla de San Martín.

Interviews for post doc positions may vary depending on different factors. Generally speaking, Postdoc interviews for positions abroad are markedly different from interviews in our country. The proposal of this “e-social” is to talk about different experiences in this matter. On the one hand, we will listen to senior neuroscientists from renowned international institutions, who will talk about the interviews they carry out with their applicants. On the other hand, we will hear experiences of young argentinian scientists who are doing a postdoc abroad or have recently completed a postdoctoral experience, that will tell us about their paths to obtain their post-doc position, including the interviews they had as applicants (how many per lab, how many labs, how they prepared, etc.). Then we will have time for questions. Bring your beer and ask all the questions you have in a friendly environment!

Thu 8

12:30 - 14:30


  1. To introduce Brain Initiatives, funding opportunities, and global efforts that are being made to advance our understanding of the Brain
  2. To convene neuroscientists and institutions together to generate a strategic plan for Brain Sciences development in Latin America.
  3. To introduce a proposal for LATBrain organizational plan.
  4. To communicate and discuss opportunities and difficulties found in the process of promoting and working on the initiative, sharing early experiences from each country.
  5. To update on the state of Brain Sciences in Latin America.

On September 1st, representatives from several countries of Latin America joined to sign the Montevideo Declaration of Intent, available at https://sociedadneurocienciasuy.com, in order to create the LATBrain, an alliance among academic societies, institutions, centers, and networks devoted to understand brain functions. This initiative is part of a global effort to collaborate in brain research, to generate new knowledge, to prevent and cure brain diseases, to develop neurotechnologies, and to help societies through finding solutions to Latin America biggest problems associated to brain research. The declaration received the support of FALAN, and several neuroscience Societies, Institutions, and Centers from Latin America. The signing participants agreed to work in their countries to communicate the initiative and invite other institutions to join to this effort. We expect that, from the day we signed the document to the day of FALAN2020 in Belen, each country will have a lot of information that will be presented in this special event. This will be also a great opportunity to present the LATBrain to everybody in the meeting and also promote, at the international level, the advances reached until that point.

Daniel Olazábal (Sociedad Uruguay de Neurociencias) & Elaine del Bel (FALAN).


  • Introduction to Activity (5 min).
  • Jan Bjaalie, Representative of International Brain Initiative (15 min)
  • John Ngai, Director NIH Brain Initiative (15 Min)
  • Caroline Montojo, Representative of Kalvi Foundation (10 min)
  • Diana Jerusalinsky (Representative of Argentina, 10 min)
  • Elaine del Bel (Representative of Brazil, 10 min)
  • Juan Montiel (Representative of Chile, 10 min)
  • Luis Velázquez Pérez (Representative of Cuba, 10 min)
  • Rosalinda Guevara (Representative of México, 10 min)
  • Maria Castello (Representative of Uruguay, 10 min)
  • Discussion and Comments from the audience (15 min)


We expect:
To agree and formalize the organization of the LATBrain.
To communicate this important initiative and its details to the Latin American and International neuroscience community
To know the different stages of development of neuroscience existing in each Latin American country.
To establish mechanism of cooperation and exchanges to develop Brain Sciences in Latin America

This initiative will be a hallmark in the development of Brain Sciences in Latin America and a great example of cooperation among our countries. This activity will show the audience a good idea of how the field of neuroscience is doing in Latin America and the opportunities and potential that our countries have to support the global effort to understand the brain.

Fri 9

13:30 - 14:30

Ana Silva (Instituto de Investigaciones Biológicas Clemente Estable, Uruguay, IBRO LARC), Cecilia Tomassini (CEPAL) and Cecilia Bouzat (INIBIBB, UNS/CONICET, IBRO LARC). A collaborative project between the Latin American Regional Committee of the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO-LARC) and the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (CEPAL) was performed to analyse gender balance in the neuroscience community of Latin America. The study included an anonymous survey questionnaire for members of scientific societies of neuroscience of Argentina, Brasil, Chile, Cuba, Mexico y Uruguay. The results described the development of the scientific careers for men and women related to their family life as well as the perception of obstacles to success.
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