National PhD Conference in Neuroscience

National PhD Conference in Neuroscience

About the conference

The annual PhD conference of NRSN is organised exclusively by PhD students, for PhD students. This is the perfect arena to meet other students in neuroscience from all over Norway and to practice your conference and presentation skills in a friendly atmosphere. 

The 2023 conference will take place at Grand Hotell Egersund on 27th - 29th of September


  • Oral presentations
  • Poster sessions
  • Keynote lectures
  • Social activities 
  • Dinners and networking

Tentative programme can be found here!

During the conference, all participants will present their work through either an oral presentation or a blitz/poster presentation. Read more about that here.

Who can participate?

The conference is open to all members of NRSN. There is no registration fee and travel and accomodation costs are covered for all participants. 

Neuroscience is broadly defined and the conference aims at being equally relevant for basic and clinical researchers. We encourage students to attend from the very start of their research project to the last year of their PhD, as this gives them the chance to develop their professional network and improve their presentation skills over time, and to receive feedback on their projects at different stages.

Registration and practical matters

Information about registration and practical matters can be found here

Register for the conference! 

Once you are registered, remember to submit your abstract by 3rd of September.

Keynote speakers

Professor Rafael Yuste, Columbia University, New York
Rafael Yuste is a Professor of Biological Sciences and Neuroscience, Co­Director of the Kavli Institute of Brain Science and Director of the NeuroTechnology Center (NTC) at Columbia University. He has scientific expertise in the fields of the anatomy, physiology, and computation in cortical microcircuits with an extensive track record in the development of optical methods for neuroscience, including calcium imaging of neural circuits, two­photon imaging and manipulation of neuronal activity, with patented inventions such as optochemical compounds and holographic microscopy. He led the group of researchers that first proposed the BRAIN initiative and is currently a member of the NIH BRAIN workgroup.

Assistant professor Lynette Lim, VIB-KU Leuven Center for Brain & Disease Research, Leuven, Belgium
“I am interested in how early developmental programs establish a cellular code for synaptic and circuit formation and enable complex computation in the neocortex. My research combines cutting-edge techniques such as mouse genetics, virus tracing, single-cell RNA sequencing, imaging, and quantitative image analyses to label, study, and decipher the molecular signature of distinct classes of neurons throughout various developmental stage.”

PhD coach James Hayton, UK
James Hayton is a former physicist and since 2010 he has worked full-time coaching PhD students from a huge range of academic fields in academic writing, project management and stress management skills. So many PhD students suffer from overwhelming stress that many people assume it’s an inevitable and necessary part of the process; that you have to suffer in order to succeed. Of course a PhD is difficult (that’s part of the point), and some stress probably is inevitable or even useful, but constant, overwhelming stress is a sign that something is wrong. Hayton's goal is to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to produce better research and writing with much less stress, and maybe even to enjoy the process.

Organizing committee

This year's organizing committee consists of:

Please do not hesitate to contact NRSN or the organizing committee if you have any questions about the conference.

Previous conferences

Click here to see posters from previous conferences.