Neuroscience Meeting

Lunteren, The Netherlands
20-21 June 2019



Thesis Prize

Dutch Neurofederation Ph.D. Thesis Prize 2019

The Dutch Neurofederation Ph.D. Thesis Prize was created by the board of the Dutch Neurofederation and is meant as an encouragement for new talented neuroscientists. The prize is presented annually during the Dutch Neuroscience Meeting (DNM).

The Prize

The winner receives an amount of 1000 EUR to be spent as one sees fit and, in addition, he/she will receive travel costs and waived registration fee to present the thesis during a talk at the DNM.

Nomination of candidates

The competition is open to candidates with a doctorate degree from a Dutch university dating 2018, with a neuroscience-oriented Ph.D. thesis. Candidates must be member of the Neurofederation and may either apply themselves or be proposed by their (co-)supervisor. Requirements: a letter of recommendation by the candidate's (co-)supervisor, 3 hard-copies of the thesis, each presented with the letter of recommendation (see addresses below), and a PDF version of the thesis.

Evaluation criteria

The quality will be assessed along the following criteria:

  • The significance of the research
  • Advancement to the neurosciences
  • Originality of the approach
  • Scope and depth of the thesis
  • The overall presentation of the thesis, including the writing and signs of scholarship.

Selection procedure

Award procedure

A selection committee will advise the board of the Dutch Neurofederation to decide the winner of the Ph.D. Thesis prize. The selection procedure is confidential and the results are not open to debate. The name of the winner is announced during the presentation ceremony. Check also the online programme.

Time frame

  • Deadline for submission of the nominations is 26 April 2019, 23:00 CET.
  • The winner will be notified in the beginning of May and will be asked to prepare a lecture for the Dutch Neuroscience Meeting
  • The award ceremony will be held on 20 June 2019.

Contact and address to send the theses

Prof. Dr Helmut Kessels
h.w.h.g.kessels@uva.nl, CNS, SILS (room C3.268), University of Amsterdam, Science Park 904, 1098XH Amsterdam

Prof. Dr Maarten H.P. Kole
m.kole@nin.knaw.nl, Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience (room R1-134), Meibergdreef 47, 1105BA Amsterdam

Top Paper Award

Dutch Neurofederation Top Paper Award 2019

The Dutch Neuroscience Meeting will continue its tradition of putting Top Science in the spotlight.
The aim is to present recent work performed by scientists, preferably in The Netherlands.
The work must have been published in 2018 in a top journal and be of interest to a broad (Dutch neuroscience) audience.

Important information regarding eligibility of the article and description of importance

  • The paper should be an original research article published in an international peer review journal between 01.01.2018 – 31.12.2018 (no "Epub ahead of print").
  • The first author should have a Dutch affiliation, or the motivation should state clearly what the link is to The Netherlands.
  • Maximum of 1 page summary addressing the significance of the work.
  • PDF of the article.
  • A signed statement by the first and last authors of the article (and the corresponding author if this is not the first or the last) confirming their support for the nomination and that they agree with the selection of the nominee and, in case of multiple first authors, the selection of the speaker at the DNM 19 in Lunteren.
  • Members of the selection committee may not be a co-author on the submitted paper.

Selection procedure

A small committee will examine all proposals received. Papers will be selected using the provided information describing the importance of the research and the interest for a broad audience.

Award procedure

The first author of the best article will be invited to present her or his work at the Top Paper session scheduled on Thursday, 20 June 2019.

The Prize

There will be a prize of 250 EUR.

Time frame

  • Deadline for submission of the nominations is 13 April 2019.
  • The winner will be notified in the beginning of May and will be asked to prepare a lecture for the DN Meeting.
  • The award ceremony will be held on 20 June.

Contact address to submit your nominees

You are strongly encouraged to submit your nominees to the Chairs of the DN Top Paper Committee, Christiaan Vinkers and Daniel van den Hove, at c.vinkers@vumc.nl before 13 April 2019.

Poster Prizes

DNM Poster Prize Awards 2019

The DNM Organising Committee always appreciates high-quality and well-designed posters. Therefore the DNM Organizing Committee will hand out three poster prizes per poster session: a total of 6 poster prizes. Each session 2 poster prizes will be awarded to Ph.D. students and 1 poster prize to a master student.

The Prizes

There will be 6 prizes of 150 EUR each.

Selection procedure

Selection committee

The DNM Poster Award Committee will examine and judge all posters abstracts. During the DNM 19 a selected set of posters will be judged on scientific content as well as on their quality of presentation.

Award procedure

For the poster session on Thursday 20 June 2019, the poster prizes will be presented during drinks at the poster session. For the poster session on Friday 21 June 2019, the poster prizes will be presented at the start of the lunch, at 12:30.

Young Talent Award

DNM Young Talent Prize 2019

The DNM Organising Committee finds it important that young talents will also have the opportunity to share their research with all the DNM participants. Therefore the DNM Organising Committee made a plenary session available for one young talented scientist. The selected young talent will be honored with the DNM Young Talent Prize 2019.

The Prize

The winner receives 500 EUR.

Selection procedure

Selection committee

The Young Talent Award Committee selected 3 potential candidates based on the following criteria: receiving a VENI (or similar) grant, publication record, experience abroad and being awarded by other prizes. These candidates were proposed to the DNM Programme Committee, who finally decided on the winner of the Young Talent Prize 2019.

Award procedure

The Young Talent Prize winner will be invited to make a presentation at the Young Talent session scheduled on Friday, 21 June 2019. This session will be followed by an award ceremony.

Translational Neuroscience

Translational Neuroscience Prize 2019

Call for proposals

The Organising Committee announces the "Translational Neuroscience" prize to be awarded at the meeting in 2019. The aim of this prize is to acknowledge an individual or team of researchers in The Netherlands for recent innovative research that translates to an application beyond that of the laboratory. For instance, the wider application may be in clinical or technological fields or in education of the general public. The winner/winning team will be selected by members the Organising Committee (consisting of Marloes Henckens, Corette Wierenga and Jeffrey Glennon) from the proposals we receive in response to this call.

Call guidelines

The proposal consists of the following documents, which have to be send to: DNM19@azuleon.org, before 27 April 2019:

  1. Motivation letter (max 1 A4). Please mention the individual and/or team players involved and appoint one speaker, who will give the DNM 19 presentation.
  2. Publication or other document indicative of the translational research.


The winning individual or team will receive 500 EUR and will be invited to present the work at the award ceremony scheduled for 20 June 2019.

Art of Neuroscience

Art of Neuroscience 2019 Winner Announcement

The Art of Neuroscience initiative was started at the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2011 as a means to unite the inspiring and provocative imagery from neuroscience labs with artworks from artists inspired by the brain. They host an annual international competition that is open for scientists and artists alike, and that has been featured in national and international media. Each year, an independent jury of neuroscientists and visual artists selects an overall winner and several honorable mentions. This year’s winning artworks will be revealed at the Dutch Neuroscience Meeting together with a selection of striking other submissions.

Dutch Brain Olympiad

Dutch Brain Olympiad

During the Brain Awareness week, we will organize the first Dutch Brain Bee: an education event aimed at high school students, their teachers and their social circle. The Dutch Brain Bee contains the regional competition of the International Brain Bee. Its goal is to challenge high school students to learn about the brain and test their knowledge about brain facts, brain anatomy, and patient diagnosis. Neuroscience is only sparsely covered in secondary education in the Netherlands, even though the subject is closely associated to the main themes of the curriculum - biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics/computer science. As such, many students may not consider neuroscience as a potential future study or career. By organizing the Dutch Brain Bee, we aim to raise awareness about the fascinating world of the brain, and the ways to engage with this topic, amongst high school students and their social circle. This way, we hope to contribute to fostering the next generation of neuroscientists that is desperately needed to overcome the challenges facing our society because of the devastating consequences of disease affecting our brains and minds.

Master students

Master students

The Dutch Neuroscience Meeting provides free day passes to selected Master students who present a poster. Please check the Information page for details.