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Mentoring

2018, Prizes
& Awards Winners
2018, Ph.D. Prize Finalists
Childcare grants
at the Fens Forum 2018
FENS-Kavli
Network of Excellence
Mentoring Prize
FENS-Kavli
Network of Excellence
Ph.D. Thesis Prize
2016, Prizes
& Awards Winners

Awardees of the Mentoring and Ph.D. Prizes 2018

Congratulations to the awardees!

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Professor Fotini Stylianopoulou (University of Athens) has been awarded the FENS-Kavli Network of Excellence Mentoring Prize for her outstanding contributions in facilitating the careers of neuroscientists in Europe.  FENS-Kavli Scholars recognise the essential of role mentoring in facilitating both careers of neuroscientists and also in scientific progress and founded this prize to recognise and promote outstanding mentoring. 30 nominations came in from across Europe, all demonstrating an inspiring commitment to mentoring. Prof. Stylianopoulou was nominated by current and former colleagues for going above and beyond in her efforts to teach and champion researchers, showing them that “the sky is the limit” and that “a true scientist never stops inquiring, combining information, seeing beyond the obvious and the dogma, but most importantly listening to what others have to say no matter if they are colleagues or undergraduate students.” Along with the stellar support of direct trainees, Prof Stylianopoulou has made an enormous difference to the European Neuroscience community. She was a pioneer of neuroscience research and teaching in Greece being one of the first people to teach neuroscience to graduate students in Greece and a founding member and former president of the Hellenic Society for Neurosicence. Prof. Stylianopoulou has also served as Secretary General of FENS, demonstrating her commitment to fostering neuroscience careers both in her own laboratory and throughout the world community.

 

Dr. Arseny Finkelstein has been awarded the inaugural FENS-Kavli Network of Excellence PhD Thesis Prize. Dr. Finkelstein conducted his PhD project in the lab of Dr. Nachum Ulanovsky at the Weizmann Institute in Rehovot, Israel. With meticulous work, he discovered and quantitatively characterized 3D head direction cells in the freely moving bats using his own custom developed tracking device. This system can be considered a 3D compass in the brain. Dr. Finkelstein and colleagues published these results in Nature in 2015. Then, he went on to show that certain neurons of the bat hippocampus encode the directions and the proximity of spatial goals, potentially forming the basis of goal-directed navigation, which work resulted in a shared first author publication in Science. These results are groundbreaking, because navigation is traditionally studied only in two dimensions and extending it to the full space required the development of novel technology applied to an uncommon model organism. This convinced the jury to select Dr. Finkelstein as the winner of 54 entries, which were often also of outstanding quality. Dr. Finkelstein continues his work at Janelia Research Campus, HHMI, USA with Dr. Karel Svoboda.

 

The prizes, which consist of a special plaque and €2,000 Euros each, have been awarded at the FENS Forum 2018 on the 9th July.

 

The Calls for the Mentoring and Ph.D. Prizes 2020 open on 1 December 2019.

10 Scholars selected:
Alessandro Furlan

Current affiliation: Cold Spring Harbor, USA
Place where the Ph.D. was conducted: Karolinska Institutet, Sweden

Ana González-Rueda

Current affiliation: MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, UK
Place where the Ph.D. was conducted: University of Cambridge, UK

Anna Stöckl

Current affiliation: Universität Würzburg, Germany
Place where the Ph.D. was conducted: Lund University, Sweden

Constanze Lenschow

Current affiliation: Champalimaud Foundation, Portugal
Place where the Ph.D. was conducted: Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Germany

Lena Schmid

Current affiliation: University College London, UK
Place where the Ph.D. was conducted: University Bonn/German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases Bonn, Germany

Marco Wittmann

Current affiliation: University of Oxford, UK
Place where the Ph.D. was conducted: University of Oxford, UK

Marta Carus-Cadavieco

Current affiliation: Leibniz Institute for Molecular Pharmacology (FMP)/NeuroCure Cluster of Excellence, Germany
Place where the Ph.D. was conducted: Leibniz Institute for Molecular Pharmacology (FMP)/NeuroCure Cluster of Excellence Berlin, Germany

Riccardo Bocchi

Current affiliation: Ludwig-Maximilians-University Münich, Germany
Place where the Ph.D. was conducted: Université de Genève, Switzerland

Roeland Vanhauwaert

Current affiliation: Stanford University, USA
Place where the Ph.D. was conducted: KU Leuven, Belgium

Samuel Walker

Current affiliation: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, USA
Place where the Ph.D. was conducted: Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown Lisbon, Portugal

 

Following the call for applications for childcare grants at FENS Forum 2018, support fo 29 young parent scientists from 15 countries was made possible by generous funding from:

 

The FENS-Kavli Network of Excellence Mentoring Prize is awarded every second year and honors a scientist who has demonstrated leadership in fostering the careers of neuroscientists.
 
FENS-Kavli Network of Excellence
Mentoring Prize 2018
Nomination closed on 1 March
Personal prize money: 2.000 €

The FENS-Kavli Scholars aim to promote neuroscience and support early-career neuroscientists in Europe. We recognize that mentoring plays an essential role in fostering scientists, but mentoring efforts are often not recognized or rewarded in a scientific career. This award will honor an individual who has demonstrated leadership in fostering the careers of neuroscientists.

Commitment to mentoring may be demonstrated for example by:

  • recommendations from current and former students and postdocs;
  • evidence of support and encouragement of trainees experiencing personal or professional difficulties;
  • trainees career path and successes (both academic and non-academic);
  • evidence of assistance to junior colleagues outside of the immediate supervision (e.g. comments on grant proposals and manuscripts, experimental assistance, career advice).

Eligibility:

  • the nominee must be a neuroscientist with a Ph.D., MD or equivalent;
  • the nominee must currently be a head of a research laboratory in a FENS member country with responsibility for mentoring (for example supervising students, postdoctoral researchers or technicians);
  • the nominee has to be available to attend the FENS Forum 2018 (Berlin, 7-11 July).

The nomination must include:

  • contact information of the proposer and the nominee;
  • a letter of recommendation from mentee(s) highlighting the mentoring activities of the nominee. More than one letter of recommendation is welcome. These can be combined into a single pdf and uploaded together;
  • contact details of two referees that the FENS-Kavli Network of Excellence Office could contact for further references.

Nominations Deadline: 1 March 2018 (midnight, Brussels time).

Note: The results of the submitted nominations will be communicated to the proposers and nominees on 23 April. The recipient of the Mentoring Prize will be publicly announced at the FENS Forum 2018.

Mentoring Prize Selection Committee *:

* The Selection Committee members are ineligible for nomination for the Mentoring Prize in the year(s) they sit on the Committee.

For enquiries, please contact: excellence_network@fens.org

The FENS-Kavli Network of Excellence Ph.D. ThesisPrize is awarded every second year and honors a young neuroscientist for his/her outstanding Ph.D. thesis in any domain of neuroscience.

 

FENS-Kavli Network of Excellence
Ph.D. Thesis PrizePrize 2018
Application closed on 1 March.
The results will be communicated to the applicants by the end of April 2018.
Personal prize money: 2.000 €

Eligibility:

  • the PhD must have been conducted in a FENS member country;
  • the candidate must have successfully defended his/her Ph.D. thesis at the home institution;
  • at the time of the submission, no more than two years may have elapsed since the Ph.D. was awarded;
  • the candidate must have at least one first-author manuscript published or accepted for publication. In case of a co-first authorship, the contribution of the applicant must be clearly stated on the publication, and can be further outlined in an accompanying document;
  • the candidate has to be available to attend the FENS Forum 2018 (Berlin, 7-11 July).
Nomination Procedure:
Applicants may either be nominated by their Ph.D. supervisor, or may self-nominate.
    
The nomination must include:
  • a letter of recommendation from the Ph.D. supervisor, which should be sent directly to the Selection Committee (please check the application form); 
  • the CV of the applicant, including:
    • full citation of a first-author manuscript (published or accepted for publication);
    • full list of publications;
    • list of academic and professional awards, if applicable;
    • relevant professional experience, including teaching duties, if applicable;
  • an electronic copy of the Ph.D. diploma;
  • an electronic copy of the Ph.D. thesis document;
  • an electronic copy of the first-author manuscript.

 

Call Deadline: 1 March 2018 (midnight, Brussels time).

Note: The results of the submitted nominations will be communicated to the candidates on 23 April. The winner of the Ph.D. Thesis Prize will be publicly announced at the FENS Forum 2018.
 

Ph.D. Thesis Prize Selection Committee *:

* Should candidates be applying from the same lab than a member of the Ph.D.Thesis Prize Selection Committee, this member will automatically be excluded from the final assessment.

 

For enquiries, please contact: excellence_network@fens.org

Awardees of the Mentoring and Ph.D. Prizes 2016 

Congratulations to the awardees!

 

 

 

 

 

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Prof. David Attwell, Fellow of the Royal Society (University College London) has been awarded the inaugural FENS-Kavli Network of Excellence Mentoring Prize in 2016 for his outstanding contributions to mentoring the careers of neuroscientists. This prize was funded because FENS-Kavli Scholars recognize that mentoring plays an essential role in fostering the career development, but mentoring efforts are often not recognized or rewarded in a scientific career. Close to 30 nominations were submitted from across Europe. Professor Attwell, Jodrell Professor of Physiology at University College London (UCL), was nominated by current and former mentees who praised his strong support throughout their careers. His students and postdocs are personally trained in all aspects of scientific rigour and thought, they are encouraged to present their work at excellent conferences, and are guided in writing papers, theses, and grant applications. Prof. Attwell aids trainees in planning their career progression and provides personal, as well as professional, support. The many letters of support for the nomination also cited Prof. Attwell’s strong mentoring of scientists through the difficult transition into juggling parenthood and a scientific career. Along with supporting his direct trainees, Prof. Attwell has started a world class PhD programme in neuroscience at UCL, which improves the choice of PhD project and mentor for students by integrating lab rotations. This is the most competitive neuroscience PhD programme in the UK with high level of success for students. Prof. Attwell also participates in public engagements and hosts school children in his lab.

 

Dr. Linda Katona (University of Oxford) has been awarded the inaugural FENS Kavli Network of Excellence Ph.D. Thesis Prize. The thesis published by Dr. Katona – originally from Romania, who graduated from the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Oxford – is a masterpiece for its depth, the originality of the experimental approach employed, as well as for the new insights obtained by her results. During her thesis conducted under the joint supervision of Professors Peter Somogyi (University of Oxford) and Thomas Klausberger (University of Vienna), Dr. Katona physiologically and molecularly characterized in depth the role of different types of GABAergic interneurons in the hippocampus of freely moving rats during distinct oscillatory states. Her results have not only been obtained with state-of-the-art techniques, but will also help to better understand rhythmic network functions during memory processing. Her work led to several publications in top neuroscientific journals and culminated with a first author paper in Neuron. On top of that, Dr. Katona’s thesis is excellently structured, flawlessly written and well illustrated, and convinced the jury to select her as the winner of over 45 other entries, which were often also of outstanding quality. Dr. Katona is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Oxford and continuous to delve into the mysteries of brain rhythmicity underlying different memory systems.

 

The prizes, which consist of a special plaque and €2,000 Euros each, were awarded at the FENS Forum 2016 on the 4th July.

 

The next Call for Nominations for the two prizes will be launched in the fall of 2017.

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