Recap of Networking Event for Early Career Researchers: ‘Challenges of Multidisciplinarity for Training, Career, and Funding in Neuroscience’ at FENS Forum 2024 in Vienna

At the FENS Forum 2024, on June 25th, 2024 the ERA-Net NEURON co-organized together with EBRAINS and FENS-CHET the Early Career Researcher the networking event: ‘Challenges of multidisciplinarity for training, career and funding in Neuroscience.’

The networking event started off with a panel discussion among the three organizing organisations, the Federation of Neuroscience Societies (FENS), the distributed infrastructure for brain and brain-inspired sciences, EBRAINS, the ERA-Net NEURON, one representative of the distributed infrastructure INCF, and two representatives of Early Career Researchers. Alexandra Tzilivaki, Associate PhD at the Einstein Center of Neurosciences Berlin, Charité, and Dr. Maria Florencia Lacaruso, group leader at The Francis Crick Institute, London. The panel discussion was moderated by Prof. Patricia Gaspar as the Chair of the FENS Committee for Higher Education and Training (CHET) Committee.

Because neuroscience rapidly develops with advancing technologies and emerging methods and tools, neuroscientists need – want – to adapt to new challenges and utilize opportunities for career advancement and collaborations. Current challenges cover a broad spectrum of sub-disciplines, from molecular to cognitive sciences and neurocomputing. Neuroscientific approaches demands often teams with a comprehensive skill set, and the ability to cross borders for new and exciting hypotheses.

Erkki Raulo elaborated on the interdisciplinary nature of the annual Joint Transnational Calls (JTCs) of the ERA-Net NEURON. On an annual basis, the ministries and funding organsations networking within NEURON launch (JTCs) in the field of disease-related neuroscience to invite translational multidisciplinary research consortia. In its biomedical JTCs NEURON addresses important topics in the areas of neuroscience, neurology, mental health and sensory disorders.

After the panel discussion, Raulo and Dr. Ulrike Busshoff, coordinator of the ERA-Net NEURON were joined by more than 100 Early Career Researchers for an insightful networking event where questions for neuroscientist training, pathways for transitioning across diverse domains and disciplines, and strategies for entering science related roles in technology, education, and communication were discussed.