Fresh perspectives on the science of consciousness: CIFAR to host next-gen event in Cancun
Led by CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars and leaders in the Brain, Mind & Consciousness program, the Winter School enables collaboration and mentorship among trainees in the neuroscience community
In December, senior graduate students from around the world will convene in Cancun, Mexico, for CIFAR’s Neuroscience of Consciousness Winter School.
The four-day event, happening December 14 to 17 in partnership with the Templeton World Charity Foundation, looks to advance interdisciplinary dialogue and foster networking opportunities among early-career researchers studying the neuroscience of consciousness.
This year’s Winter School features keynote lectures from world-renowned researchers, such as Nancy Kanwisher, Advisor, Brain, Mind & Consciousness, and neuroscientist Olaf Blanke (École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne), to name a few.
A unique component to the annual event is how it’s organized. The Winter School is led by CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars in the Brain, Mind & Consciousness program: Sahba Besharati, Michael Cohen, and Adeel Razi. Their work behind the scenes is supported by program directors Adrian Owen and Anil Seth.
As early-career researchers themselves, Besharati says it lends an important perspective on how to best shape the Winter School to advance the research pursuits of next-generation neuroscientists. Attendees should expect great science, but also mentorship opportunities, ways to sharpen their communication skills, all carried out in a supportive environment.
“A lot of academic spaces can be too formal, and even too scientific in nature. It’s hard to create an environment where people are comfortable to share their research, but also their experiences and to engage in mentorship spaces,” she said. “The Winter School provides those unique opportunities, which galvanize the next generation of brain scientists.”
Learn more about the CIFAR Winter School — application deadline is October 3, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. (PDT).
CIFAR is a registered charitable organization supported by the governments of Canada, Alberta and Quebec, as well as foundations, individuals, corporations and Canadian and international partner organizations.