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The Belgian Society for Neuroscience is member of the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS) and promotes neuroscience research and education in Belgium. 

It also organises a national congress every two years and awards a travel grant to PhD students attendees to the FENS Forum.

BSN is member of the Belgian Brain Council

Recent Posts

  • 14th Meeting – Program 2022

    Please click here for the updated program.

    Keynotes speakers :
    * Andreas Lüthi from Friedrich Miescher Institute (FMI) – Basel – Switzerland
    * Sarah Garfinkel from Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience (UCL) – London – UK

  • 14th BSN Meeting POSTPONED 9 MAY 2022 !

    We are pleased to announce that the Belgian Society for Neuroscience is organising the 14th Meeting of the Belgian Society for Neuroscience and invites you to contribute to its programme.
    The meeting will be held at the ULB Erasme Campus (1070 Brussels, Belgium) on Monday 9 May 2022.

    For registration please follow this link.

    We invite and welcome your submission of abstracts for both posters and oral presentations
    On a competitive basis, 10 submissions will be selected for oral presentation. Selected abstracts and presenters will be notified as soon as possible after registration closure.

    Important date: 

    • April 11th 2022: deadline for abstract submission, membership renewal, new membership submissions, non-member and member registration and payment.

    The meeting registration costs are fully waived to BSN members.
    Non-members however must register online and pay €100 euros.

    If you are not yet a member, you are still in time to join the society as a Full or Junior member! Please go to the « join » page for more information. Members of the BSN are automatically also members of the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS). This entitles BSN members to a free online access to the European Journal of Neuroscience, reduced registration fees for the FENS meetings, and reduced sub-scription fees to several neuroscience journals.

    We hope to see you in Brussels!!!

    Poster guideline:

    The dimensions of display panels are 97 cm width and 114 cm high.
    A0 posters in portrait orientation fit well on panels.

  • Post-doc position 24 months International mobility University of Mons – UMONS University of Namur – UNamur – interdisciplinary projects on neurodegenerative diseases.

    Within the frame of a Marie Curie action of the European Union, the University of Mons –
    UMONS/the University of Namur is seeking for highly motivated post-doctoral researchers for
    interdisciplinary projects. Within this frame, the laboratories of neuroscience, neuropsychology and engineering innovation are joining their forces to develop a cross-disciplinary research project on neurodegenerative diseases. The fellowship is a prestigious EU funding scheme which supports mobility, career development and training in Europe and beyond. The fellowship offers a 24 months’ highly competitive salary and research/training funds.

    o any nationality, no age restriction, fluent in English
    o must hold a PhD in any fields related to the subject at the call deadline (7th March 2022)
    o cannot have resided or carried out her/his main activity in Belgium for more than 12 months in the three years before the call deadline

    Research project and research groups
    Cognitive Neuroscience is a very complex field of research, requiring the contribution of
    complementary disciplines, such as psychology, biomedical sciences, mathematics and engineering.
    The Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Training in Psychophysiology and Electrophysiology of Cognition – CiPsE – brings together the activities of 7 research departments from 4 faculties of the UMONS. Its aim is to create an environment favorable to the development of multidisciplinary projects integrating new technologies and exploiting physiological, psychological and electrophysiological measurements of brain activity during cognitive tasks.
    UMONS has a strong expertise in the development of tools (explainable AI) and statistical methods to integrate behavioral and EEG data for the development of precision medicine in psychiatric and neurodegenerative pathologies. The CiPsE has developed a multicenter recruitment network of Alzheimer patients (EpiCura, CHwapi, ISPPC, CHU Ambroise Paré) and has EEG tools (64 to 128 channels), Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS), Eye-tracking and Physiological Parameters Measurement for data collection.
    The aim of this multidisciplinary project is to combine expertise and techniques for an early diagnosis of Alzheimer-s disease and to develop tools to better predict conversion from mild cognitive disorder to Alzheimer. These tools will be of tremendous importance when disease-modifying drugs will be available on the market.This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska Curie grant agreement No101034383.
    The project will be co-supervised by Laurence Ris from the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy,
    Laurent Lefebvre from the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences and Philippe Fortemps from the Faculty of Engineering.

    Lancement de l’appel à projets du programme Connect with Wallonia (C2W) ce 1er décembre –
    Université de Mons (umons.ac.be)
    Home – Service / FMP – Neurosciences (umons.ac.be)
    Home – Service / FPSE – Psychologie cognitive et Neuropsychologie (umons.ac.be)
    Home – Service / FPMS – Management de l’Innovation Technologique (umons.ac.be)
    How to apply ?
    Expression of interest must be submitted to Laurence Ris, UMONS: laurence.ris@umons.ac.be

    Applicants are invited to either propose their own research project or to discuss with the PIs to
    develop an interdisciplinary project based on their specific expertise.

    This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and
    innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska Curie grant agreement No

  • Postponed to Fall 2022 ! – Neuro, Meet & Match Workshop 2021 –

    News: Our meeting has been postponed to 2022.
    We hope that we can meet and match very soon!
    In the meantime, take care.

    The Junior Board of the BSN is thrilled to launch its first « Neuro, Meet & Match » workshop!

    Postponed 2022

    • check out the program here.
    Video credits to: Delia Della Porta

    This event will be the first interactive workshop to connect Belgium-based young neuroscientists from different disciplines from Molecular to Cognitive Neuroscience, and geographical regions from the docks of Antwerp to the slopes of Liège.

    We prepared a one-day program dedicated to promote exchanges and networking, and energize research ideas and creativity among the Neuroscience student community.

    You will participate interactive flashtalk presentations and neurodating sessions split in topics of your choice and interests. We will also have two plenary sessions with a keynote lecture and career advice interactive session with coffee breaks, lunch and cocktail to further connect.

    • Flashtalk presentations

    With the flashtalk presentations the attendees get the opportunity to quickly introduce their work in a ± 3-5 minute elevator pitch.
    Flashtalks headlines and + Info
    Flashtalk template

    • Neurodating

    The participating young researchers will be matched in groups depending on their topics selections so they can interact and connect with each other.

    The matches will be determined based on abstracts and keywords selected in your registration, so please take the time of carefully selecting them. Your choice will pattern the content of the day!

    This event will be free for BSN members and for anyone who will also attend the BSN conference on December 17th. If you are not a member yet, you can find more info about how to get your membership either on the registration form or by using this link.

    Registration closes 27th of November. Register now here! (link)

    For further information contact us at NMM.BSN@gmail.com

    BSN Junior Board

  • – PhD position – KULeuven – Movement Control and Neuroplasticity Resarch Group

    JOB description PhD

    The Movement Control and Neuroplasticity Research Group is currently hiring a PhD candidate. The Movement Control and Neuroplasticity Research Group, Department of Movement Sciences, Group of Biomedical Sciences, KU Leuven, consists of a multidisciplinary team of international scientists adhering to an integrated behavioral and neuroscientific research strategy, focusing on experimental studies in motor control and training-induced neuroplasticity. Use is made of non-invasive medical imaging techniques to study brain structure, function and connectivity in the context of motor behavior in healthy as well as pathological conditions. The group has a long-standing tradition and international recognition in these areas of research. Excellent state-of-the art research infrastructure is available in the BrainsHub, including movement registration and robotics technology, integrated systems for measurement of locomotion and balance, noninvasive brain stimulation technology, high-density Electro-Encephalography and neuronavigation equipment. Access to MRI scanners is available via the Translational MRI division at the University Hospital.

    Welcome – Movement Control & Neuroplasticity (kuleuven.be)


    Learning-induced neuroplasticity (position at KU Leuven; principal advisor: Jolien Gooijers)

    In this PhD project, we aim to study the capacity of the brain to change with learning. While there is a large amount of cross-sectional research supporting the idea that inter-individual differences in brain structure and function are predictive of motor behavior, in the present project, our goal is to identify and understand structural white matter and functional brain changes in response to motor learning. By applying various neuroimaging techniques (structural MRI, diffusion MRI, functional MRI, TMS) prior to, during and after motor learning (complex bimanual coordinative skills), we will obtain crucial information on the timescale of learning-induced neuroplasticity. In addition, with a particular focus on (advanced) diffusion (white matter) imaging, we will shed new light on the crucial link between white matter, brain function and motor behavior.

    Further information about this position can be obtained from Jolien Gooijers



    We are looking for a dynamic and motivated candidate with a strong interest in studying the neural correlates of motor control. In addition, the candidate must:

    • have obtained a master degree in Biomedical Sciences, Neurosciences, Psychology, Movement Sciences, Rehabilitation Sciences, Health Sciences or related fields.
    • have excellent oral and written communication skills, both in Dutch and English
    • have strong organizational and good project management skills
    • have experience in academic writing and have good experimental and analytical skills
    • have experience with fMRI, EEG, TMS or structural MRI (including diffusion MRI): acquisition and analyses
    • have experience with acquiring and analyzing kinematic data, nd with programming (Matlab)

    Job description

    • Performing scientific research (together with experts in the field) and under the supervision of Jolien Gooijers
    • Supervising bachelor and master internships and master theses within the research domain
    • Providing assistance with teaching assignments of ZAP members of the Department of Movement Sciences


    We offer a full-time PhD position for 2 year, renewable, subject to positive evaluation, up to a maximum of 4 years in total. 


    Applications must consist of a motivation letter (including contact details of 2 referees) and a CV (including copies of diplomas and transcripts at university level). You can apply via our online application tool. The deadline for application is August 1, 2021.  Click here: online sollicitatietoepassing to apply.

    Interviews will take place in the period from August 9 – 15, 2021.   

    More information is available through prof. Dr. Jolien Gooijers, tell: +32 16 32 90 72, mail: Jolien.gooijers@kuleuven.be.

    KU Leuven seeks to foster an environment where all talents can flourish, regardless of gender, age, cultural background, nationality or impairments. If you have any questions relating to accessibility or support, please contact us at diversiteit.HR@kuleuven.be.

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