“International gatherings of intellectuals […] respond to a deep-seated
need. People seek out mutuality and friendship outside of structured
groups, political frameworks, and nationalistic affinities”, Emmanuel
Started in 2014, NeuroBridges is a unique series of scientific meetings in
neuroscience, which were initiated with a deep and strong belief that
researchers have a responsibility both to advance scientific education and to
promote common understanding between people from different nations. The
organizers of NeuroBridges are convinced that establishing personal relations
between Middle Eastern scientists through scientific dialog and collaborations
can help alleviate the political distress in the Middle East.
Since 2017, Neurobridges meetings are held in the Fall in the magnificent
medieval city of Cluny, Burgundy, France. They bring together students and
postdocs from the Middle East and the Mediterranean region, including Egypt,
Iran, Israel, Palestinian Territories, Lebanon, Morocco, Syria and Turkey, as
well as from other regions in the world. During ten-days, the participants
attend lectures delivered by leading neuroscientists, experimentalists as well
as theoreticians, who address fundamental questions in system, computational
and behavioral neuroscience. In addition to the lectures, the students work
in groups on reading papers and perform small research projects. The programs
are shaped to guarantee plenty of time for informal gathering and discussions
about 'everything', from science to politics, develop friendship and dream
together about a better world.
Applications to Neurobridges2023 are now closed.