Cajal Club mini-conference at FENS

We are working toward an on-line forum, details forthcoming

The Cajal Club is organizing a mini-conference the morning of Saturday 11 July 2020, as part of the official program of the 12th FENS Forum of Neuroscience in Glasgow, UK. The title of this mini-conference is “A Celebration of Women in Developmental Neuroscience: History and Homage to Ramón y Cajal”. The mini-conference is inspired by three themes: First, Cajal Club-sponsored meetings at other venues traditionally focus on the cerebral cortex. Here we will highlight advances in the several other model systems Cajal studied, with a focus on development. Second, we aim to celebrate women in science by showcasing women scientists especially in Europe who work on these systems. Third, we will have the opportunity to hear about the women neuroscientists in the Cajal school through a talk by Fernando de Castro, who has recently authored an article on this theme.

See below for registration and full program.


Registration for the mini-conference is now open:


Main contact person
Oscar Marín
Centre for Developmental Neurobiology
New Hunt's House
King's College London
Guy's Campus
London SE1 1UL
Office: +44 (0) 207848 8655

Carol Mason
Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute
Columbia University
Jerome L. Greene Science Center
3227 Broadway
Room L3-043, Quad 3C
New York, N.Y. 10027
Office 212-853-1084 (office)

Provisional Programme:

08.30 Arrival and registration (coffee available)

Welcome and Introduction

Session I – Spinal cord, hypothalamus

09.00 Esther Stoeckli

09:25 Valerie Castellani

09:50 Marysia Placzek

10:15 Coffee break

Session II – Visual pathway

10.45 Eloisa Herrera

11:10 Lynda Erskine

12:35 Paola Bovolenta

12:00 Lunch

Special Presentation

13.00 Fernando de Castro

Session III – Cerebellar and Cerebral Cortices

13:45 Fekrije Selimi

14:10 Linda Richards

14:35 Alessandra Pierani


15:00 End of the mini-conference

 Theme of scientific presentation: “I can see clearly…”

New tissue-clearing methods have enabled viewing cells and circuits in neural tissues to an unprecedented extent. An expert in this realm is Alain Chedotal (Vision Institute, Paris) and he will speak on his application of clearing approaches and light-sheet microscopy in the visual system and human embryos. He will be joined by Viviana Gradinaru (Caltech), who has perfected viral labeling in combination with clearing methods. The session will be introduced by Jeff Lichtman (Harvard) who will reflect on these methods compared to other connectomics, the generation of data storage, and how the field will benefit from these approaches.

 The talks will be followed by an open discussion, during which audience participation will be encouraged. The 2020 Krieg Cortical Kudos Awards, the Wiley Palay award, and Brain Structure & Function award will be presented prior to the program.


The Cajal Club sponsors the 2020 Cortical Development Conference in Sicily, Italy.
Wendell Jordan Krieg

Call for Krieg Cortical Kudos Nominations for 2020

See prizes page for nomination details