Satellite and Special Events

Educational Workshop on Affective Neuroscience (EWAN)

The Conference will be accompanied by an Educational Workshop on Affective Neuroscience primarily designed for psychiatry and neurology residents and clinical psychologists in training.

International Course on EMG, SFEMG and Nerve Ultrasonography

The International Course on Electromyography, Single Fiber Electromyography and Nerve Ultrasonography will offer lectures and hands-on workshop in parallel to SNC'11 thematic symposia.

Young Neuroscientist Forum Ljubljana 2011 (YNFL'11)

A student-organized preconference satellite meeting intended for students taking their first steps into neuroscience research. Of interest primarily (but not exclusively) to undergraduates, the YNFL11 will take place at a different venue (Faculty of Medicine). Details can be found at the Young Neuroscientist Forum Ljubljana 2011 web page.

Andrej O. Župančič Memorial Lecture

Dr. Andrej O. Župančič, who passed away in December 2007, was one of the most outstanding Slovenian neuroscientists, who taught and inspired generations of researchers. He was also the first honorary member of SiNAPSA. We are proud to welcome Dr. Palmer Taylor, a colleague of Dr. Župančič, to give the A.O. Župančič Memorial Lecture as an introductory event to the SNC'11. The title of his talk is "The α,β-Hydrolase Fold: Offering Adhesion and Catalysis within the Synapse".

EJN Best Publication Award Presentation

In 2009, European Journal of Neuroscience launched the EJN Best Publication Award in collaboration with FENS and Wiley-Blackwell. The recipient of the EJN Best Publication Award 2011 is a former PhD student at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris (France), Dr. Lea Siksou. Her article "A common molecular basis for membrane docking and functional priming of synaptic vesicles" was published as a Featured Article in EJN 30, 49-56 (2009). The research described in this article re-assesses a controversial issue about the molecular mechanisms underlying presynaptic vesicle maturation and competency for neurotransmitter release. The award will be presented and the awarded scientist will give a special talk at the SNC'11 CE FENS Featured Regional Meeting in Ljubljana.

Dr. Janez Faganel Memorial Lecture

The lecture is an integral part of the annual neurophysiology symposia organised by the Institute of Clinical Neurophysiology, University Medical Centre Ljubljana - this year the International Course on EMG, SFEMG and Nerve Ultrasonography. New knowledge on scientific and clinical aspects of neural sciences is presented in a way attractive to neurophysiologists as well as to practitioners from adjacent medical fields. The 27th Janez Faganel Memorial lecture entitled "Biomarkers for Myasthenia Gravis" will be delivered by Donald B. Sanders, professor of neurology at the Duke University Medical Centre.


The aim of this special event is to increase the visibility of FENS programmes and activities in the Central and Eastern European region and thus stimulate competitive contributions from the region in future FENS activities. To that end, a few brief presentations will highlight the FENS mission and current projects and FENS representatives will answer questions from the audience during the event entitled Meet FENS.

Sponsored satellite events for Slovene clinical specialist

The conference will be accompanied by sponsored satellite events for Slovenian clinical professionals that will take place in Slovene. Please visit the web site in Slovene for details.

Social Events

Welcome Reception - Wine & Cheese by the Posters

Second Foyer, Thursday, 20.00-22.00

Wine & Cheese will be offered by the posters on Thursday evening to welcome all the participants to the conference and offer the first opportunity to browse through the poster and exhibitor area and mark points of special interest for the remaining days at the SNC'11.

Conference Dinner - FENS-SiNAPSA Social at the Castle

Ljubljana Castle, Saturday, 20.00-23.00

FENS and SiNAPSA invite the regular participants and those who obtain the tickets to the Conference Dinner and Social at the Ljubljana Castle on Saturday evening.
Recommended attire - elegant casual.

Buses will depart from Cankarjev dom (exit onto Erjavčeva street, see map) at 19.30.

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Ljubljana Sightseeing

Prešeren Square (see map), Friday, 20.00-21.00

The tour includes a walk past the major sights of the old part of Ljubljana. The old city centre has a unique architectural appearance, particularly due to its mixture of Baroque and Art Nouveau architecture with masterful creations by the 20th century architect Jože Plečnik.

Please see the Tourist Excursions page for details.

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Organised Tourist Excursions

Two half-day trips to major Slovenian landmarks are available:
Postojna Cave - a walk through part of the 27 km long system of subterranean caves with cave halls, drop stones, pillars and translucent curtains that create unforgettable impressions.
Bled - often described as the ‘Image of Paradise’, the Alpine resort town of Bled will enchant you with its emerald-green lake, fairytale-like island and imposing castle reigning on top of a rocky cliff.

Please see the Tourist Excursions page for details.

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