Quantitative approaches
to Behaviour & Neural Systems
The 2018 Champalimaud Research Symposium, Quantitative approaches to Behavior 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 behavior 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.


23-26 /Oct.


Uri Alon

Albert-László Barabasi

Matthew Botvinick

Megan Carey

Anne Churchland

John Doyle

Florian Engert

Rainer Friedrich

Surya Ganguli

Maria Neimark Geffen

Mark Humphries

Christian Machens

Josh McDermott

Nicole Rust

Haim Sompolinsky

Mark Transtrum

Barbara Webb

Angela Yu

and more


Symposium Chairs:

Michael Orger

Alfonso Renart


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

Become our Partner

Help us to create a lively and stimulating scientific meeting

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.

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.
If you are a start-up or a spin-off, please also check our special registry package here