Champalimaud Research Symposium 2018
Quantitative approaches
to Behaviour & Neural Systems

Online registration is now closed. Onsite registration will be available starting on October 23rd.

The 2018 Champalimaud Research Symposium, Quantitative approaches to Behaviour and Neural Systems, will be held in Lisbon, Portugal, from the 23rd to the 26th of October 2018. The goal of the Symposium is to define and address the challenges present in developing theory-oriented quantitative approaches to understanding the behaviour of organisms, the function and structure of their nervous systems, and the emergence of organization in complex adaptive systems. Seminars will span a range of levels from pure theory to data analysis and experimental work. As well as highlighting detailed investigations of specific problems, talks will emphasize the identification of general principles and key theoretical frameworks that should lay the foundation of the neuroscience and biology of the future. The Symposium will be structured as a single-track programme in which talks by invited speakers, as well as speakers selected from submitted abstracts, are interleaved with poster sessions where symposia participants present their research. Discussion sessions with panels composed by invited speakers will also be part of the programme. The event will be held at our Centre, in a stunning setting on the waterfront in Lisbon, and will also feature a social programme which will give participants the chance to explore this beautiful and historic city.

LISBON

23-26 /Oct.

INVITED SPEAKERS

Albert-László Barabasi

Tim Behrens

Matthew Botvinick

Megan Carey

Anne Churchland

Florian Engert

Rainer Friedrich

Surya Ganguli

Maria Neimark Geffen

Stuart Geman

Mark Humphries

Christian Machens

Josh McDermott

Haim Sompolinsky

Mark Transtrum

Barbara Webb

SYMPOSIUM CHAIRS

Michael Orger and Alfonso Renart

ORGANISERS AND TECHNICAL SUPPORT

Patrícia Correia, Pedro Alves, Ana Casaca, Anna Hobbiss, Gil Costa, Marta Correia, Catarina Ramos

Meet our Speakers

They are focused in developing theory-oriented quantitative approaches to understanding the behaviour of organisms, the function and structure of their nervous systems, and the emergence of organization in complex adaptive systems.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER
INVITED SPEAKERS
Haim Sompolinsky

Haim Sompolinsky

Hebrew Univ., Israel

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Tim Behrens

Tim Behrens

Univ. Oxford, UK

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Matthew Botvinick

Matthew Botvinick

DeepMind and UCL, UK

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Megan Carey

Megan Carey

Champalimaud, Portugal

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Albert-László Barabasi

Albert-László Barabasi

Northeastern Univ., USA

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Anne Churchland

Anne Churchland

CSHL, USA

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Florian Engert

Florian Engert

Harvard, USA

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Rainer Friedrich

Rainer Friedrich

FMI, Switzerland

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Surya Ganguli

Surya Ganguli

Stanford Univ., USA

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Maria Neimark Geffen

Maria Neimark Geffen

Univ. Pennsylvania, USA

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Stuart Geman

Stuart Geman

Brown Univ. USA

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Mark Humphries

Mark Humphries

Univ. Nottingham, UK

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Christian Machens

Christian Machens

Champalimaud, Portugal

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Josh McDermott

Josh McDermott

MIT, USA

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Mark Transtrum

Mark Transtrum

Brigham Young Univ.

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Barbara Webb

Barbara Webb

Univ. of Edinburg

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William Bialek

William Bialek

Princeton, USA

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Meet our Venue

The Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown

Inaugurated on October 5th 2010, the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown is now a part of the important riverside area of Belém, near the magnificent Tower of Belém. This area, where the river Tejo meets the Atlantic Ocean, is of great historical significance as the great Portuguese pioneers sailed from this location to discover the “unknown” in the XV and XVI centuries.

The presence of the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown leverages this historical heritage by creating an inspirational link between the discoveries of yesteryear and the epic adventure of scientific research. Here, everything converges in the creation of a unique atmosphere for the development of the most advanced multidisciplinary and translational research in the field of biomedicine. The building’s contemporary architecture, along with its functionality, offers outstanding conditions to investigators, academics and health professionals, from Portugal and beyond, to carry out work oriented towards excellence and practical results.

The Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown covers an area of 60,000m2 facing the river Tejo and comprises three large areas. The main building houses the Champalimaud Clinical Centre’s diagnostic and treatment facilities, an indoor garden, research laboratories and administrative services, all interlinked to promote discussion and collaboration between scientists, clinicians and other professionals. A tropical pergola-covered garden is at the heart of this structure.

The Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown is a state-of-the-art facility for science, medicine, technology and public use.

Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown

Meet our Partners

They help us to create a lively and stimulating scientific meeting
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Cells (ISSN 2073-4409) is an international open access journal of cell biology, molecular biology, and biophysics, which is published monthly by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland. Manuscripts regarding original research and ideas will be particularly welcomed. We also accept reviews, conference papers, communications, short notes and case reports. Cells maintains rigorous peer-review and a rapid publication process. Research articles, reviews, and other contents are released on the Internet immediately after acceptance. It is indexed in SCIE and PubMed. It is eligible for inclusion in the Journal Citation Reports (JCR) and the Impact Factor (2017) is 4.829.
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The Luso-American Development Foundation is a private, financially self-sufficient Portuguese
institution. Its mission is to contribute to Portuguese development by financially and strategically supporting innovative projects and encouraging cooperation between Portuguese and American societies.
The Luso-American Development Foundation was created in 1985 by decree of the Portuguese
government to establish a private, not-for-profit institution that promotes relations between
Portugal and the United States in a permanent, flexible and independent way, in the hope that this exchange would further the economic, social and cultural development of Portugal.
The Foundation lives exclusively off income from its assets.

Agência Abreu is a renowned company in the national and international tourism sector. Elected 18 consecutive times as a brand of trust to the Portuguese market in the travel category.
The first agency opened its doors to the public in 1840, being the oldest travel agency in the world. Since that date, it has been expanding and it is currently possible to find several stores throughout the country.
We count on excellent professionals, who dominate the tourism sector and who always present the best offers to their customers.

Fisher Scientific is a Thermo Fisher Scientific company, the world leader in serving science, with more than 50,000 employees in 50 countries.
Our mission is to enable our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer.
We help our customers accelerate life sciences research, solve complex analytical challenges, improve patient diagnostics and increase laboratory productivity.
We offer an unmatched combination of innovative technologies, purchasing
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The British Embassy in Lisbon develops and maintains relations between the UK and Portugal.  Our mission is to support the UK Government’s policy goals in Portugal, helping British businesses secure contracts in Portugal and encouraging foreign investment in the UK, and helping resident Britons and British visitors in Portugal when they may need consular assistance.

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Become our Partner

Help us to create a lively and stimulating scientific meeting
Why?

By partnering with the 2018 Champalimaud Research Symposium, your organisation will be associated with one of the key scientific international events held in Portugal and engage with the national and international scientific community dedicated to disease oriented research, with a special focus on modern physiology in development, ageing, immunity and cancer.

How?
From Silver to Gold and Platinum, you will find the partnership conditions that best fit your organisation’s needs. We will be delighted to discuss these packages as well as any additional partnership ideas you would like to suggest, in order to have your organisation on-board! Please contact us for further information.