NeuroSymposium is an inter-university initiative whose aim is to build an active community of young neuroscientists across Québec.

The purpose of NeuroSymposium is to allow young researchers in neuroscience from across Quebec to meet, discuss, exchange, and socialize in order to catalyze collaborations for more creative approaches to the biggest challenges in the field. Every year, this event gathers hundreds graduate students from all neuroscience research centers in the province to present their research to their peers and colleagues. The goal is to promote positive interactions between young neuroscientists that will lead to lasting collaborations and impactful research.

The committee, initially composed of five members, has seen an increase in size. We ensure the representativeness of each of the province’s universities: Université de Montréal, McGill University, Université Laval, Université de Sherbrooke, Université de Québec à Montréal, Université de Québec à Trois-Rivières, Concordia University. Together, we have developed an event that differs from the more conventional research days organized in our respective institutions. Our project is characterized by its inclusive nature and its willingness to stimulate discussion and reflection. The NeuroSymposium is “made by students for students”.  Our symposium brings together people from different academic backgrounds who would not otherwise meet and creates a warm and friendly atmosphere for all to express themselves.

Our mandates are therefore to give the floor to as many students as possible and to create a space for discussion between the main presenters in the form of plenary sessions. The symposium also hosts reflections that go beyond the four walls of a laboratory, discussions that foster horizontal links between seemingly distant techniques, approaches or themes, but that have everything to contribute when you take the time to imagine everything that could unite them. Moreover, we see inter-university collaborations emerging at all levels, preludes of projects that also go beyond the academic.

Past editions of the NeuroSymposium have focused on issues such as “the future of neuroscience”, “neuroscience and society”, and “from techniques to the brain – and back”. Every year, the event touches on a unique perspective to further our understanding of the field. We deeply believe that neuroscience can have many impacts on society. The fact that this discipline seeks to unravel the mysteries of the nervous system can certainly provide us with knowledge and a better understanding of our own actions that will have a beneficial impact on humanity.

If you would like to join the project or would like to contribute ideas, or just give us feedback, please reach out to us. The nature of the initiative is eminently collaborative and benefits from all supports!