ANU to retain the Eccles Institute of Neuroscience

Following extensive individual and group submissions from staff, students and external stakeholders, the Dean and Vice Chancellor have advised that the ANU will retain the Eccles Institute of Neuroscience. This is wonderful news and I wish to thank the over 750 people who signed the ANS open letter.

The revised plan now recommends retaining capabilities in core areas, namely cellular and circuit neuroscience, and coupling this with the development of a University-wide strategic plan to transform the Eccles Institute of Neuroscience into an inter-disciplinary Eccles Institute of Neuroscience and Brain Sciences. This aligns with the original vision of the Institute and the broader interests of Eccles himself and, if successful, could provide enhanced research and education offerings across many parts of ANU.

The Dean and the members of the College Executive Committee have advised that they are very grateful for the feedback and suggestions received from academic and professional staff, students, and other stakeholders internal and external to the University.

The new plan said “The College and University has agreed to support the development of a Strategic Plan for neuroscience, and the possible development from a department of the JCSMR, to a university-wide interdisciplinary Institute. This is in keeping with the original vision of the Eccles Institute when it was established. If the delivery of the strategic objectives are successful, this would enable and support a future state in which cellular, circuit and systems neuroscience might integrate strongly with molecular neurobiology, clinical brain sciences, human psychology, data and computational sciences, brain-machine interfaces, and relevant disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. In addition, it might enable the continued delivery, innovation and evolution of brain science-related undergraduate and postgraduate courses and programs.”

The Strategic Planning process for neuroscience at the ANU will be undertaken this year by a panel established which will be chaired by Professor Sir Edward Byrne AC who is a neurologist and higher education leader with experience building successful multidisciplinary brain science entities in Melbourne and London.

Prof Peter R Schofield AO

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Neuromatch Academy (NMA) courses

The Neuromatch Academy is excited to announce they will offer two courses this year:

NMA-Computational Neuroscience: July 5-23, 2021


NMA-Deep Learning: Aug 2-20, 2021


Applications for interactive students and teaching assistants are due 17 May 2021. 
Faculty interested in being project mentors can use the same portal to apply.

Application Portal:

What is Neuromatch Academy? 

Neuromatch Academy (NMA) launched last year as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our aim is to provide globally-accessible, high-quality, TA-supported training in computational techniques related to neuroscience. In 2020, NMA designed and ran a fully online 3-week Computational Neuroscience course for 1757 students with 191 teaching assistants (TAs) working in virtual inverted (or flipped) classrooms and on small group projects. Fourteen languages, active community management, and low cost allowed for an unprecedented level of inclusivity and universal accessibility. 

What’s in a course?

Our courses are intensive 3-week programs involving hands-on tutorials developed by experts in the field. We have two tracks for students: interactive and observer.  Accepted interactive students are placed into TA-led pods (groups) using the neuromatch algorithm, which matches students with common interests who are in the same timezone and their preferred language for instruction. Interactive students receive personalized support as they work through hands-on tutorials and collaborate on course projects.  Officially registered observer track students have full access to the materials, access to NMA course communications (e.g., Discord), and can choose to be matched with other observer track students 

What does it cost?

We charge full-time students/academics a region adjusted small fee for the Interactive track in order to pay for TAs (fee waivers are available to those who need it, no questions asked). Students without an academic affiliation (i.e., industry applicants) are charged the full unsubsidized cost of the school, but can also inquire about waivers. Observer track participants have access to all the content at no cost, but are not placed in TA-led pods.

Please see the website ( for additional information, pre-course resources and volunteer opportunities!

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2nd Global Neuroscience Horizons Webinar

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IBRO is excited to announce our 2nd Global Neuroscience Horizons Webinar on 31 May 2021 with Profs. Jafri Malin Abdullah, Cliff Abraham, Julie Bernhardt, Michisuke Yuzaki, Amy Fu, & Yong Shen.

The webinar will focus on how translational neuroscience and novel therapeutics can yield new treatments for neurodegenerative diseases across the Asia/Pacific region and will be chaired by Prof. Pike See Cheah (chair, IBRO-APRC)& Dr. Lin Kooi Ong.

Registration is free and open to all!

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ALBA Network Webinar on gender issues in brain research in South-East Asia

The ALBA Network is an international initiative that promotes equity and diversity in brain sciences. As part of a global webinar series on region-specific diversity issues, the ALBA Network is holding an online panel discussion focusing on South-East Asia: Diversity in brain research in East & South-East Asia: a gender perspective.

Despite recent progress, the East & South-East Asia region's record on gender equality is still falling short. Stereotypes continue to limit women's equal participation in brain research, especially at senior levels. This webinar aims to highlight the various issues linked to gender in brain sciences in the region and to discuss possible paths to equity.

Tuesday 11 May 2021 at 4 pm CST / 5 pm JST / 10 am CEST.

The session will be chaired by:

Prof Hailan Hu (Zhejiang University, China - ALBA Advisor)
Dr Dipesh Chaudhury (New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD), United Arab Emirates - ALBA Ambassador)
Dr Jacque Ip (The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China - ALBA Ambassador)

The panelists will explore the various challenges linked to gender in brain research in their country and share their experience concerning these issues. Prof Gail Tripp will then discuss potential ways of tackling these issues.

A discussion with the audience will follow the presentations.

For all information on the event, please visit
Registration is free but compulsory. Register here

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Staying Connected Neuro – Australia

June - August 2021

Against the background of the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of opportunities available for ECRs to participate in and present their research at national and international meetings/ conferences has significantly reduced. To address this, a virtual seminar series, Stay Connected Neuro, was organised in 2020 in North America to give PhD students and postdoctoral researchers the opportunity to present their research. Given the ongoing issues with domestic travel and restrictions imposed on international travel, we would like to organise a similar seminar series in Australia to be held from June to August in 2021.

For this series, each session, to be held on Fridays (4-5pm), will host two ECRs who will present their research findings (recently published/unpublished data) in 15-20 mins time slots followed by 15-20 mins of questions and feedback. We will put out a call for Applications to present from April to May. Applicants will be asked to submit a 1-page CV, an abstract (200 words), a statement outlining why they would like to present their data and what they hope to gain as well as a summary statement for social media.


Dr Anand Gururajan, University of Sydney
Dr Nicholas Everett, University of Sydney
Dr Caitlin Cowan, University of Sydney
Dr Sarah Baracz, University of New South Wales
Dr Laura Bradfield, University of Technology Sydney
Dr Amy Reichelt, University of Adelaide
A/Prof Jess Nithianantharajah, University of Melbourne
Prof Tony Hannan, University of Melbourne

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Lundbeck Foundation - The Brain Prize Open for Nominations

The Lundbeck Foundation is now accepting nominations for next year's winners of The Brain Prize, the world's largest prize for neuroscience.

Find out about the nomination and selection process here and nominate here: 

The Brain Prize recognizes ground-breaking advances in any field of neuroscience, from basic to clinical research with an award of DKK 10 million (~€1.3M)

Recipients may be of any nationality and working in any country in the world.

Anyone can nominate and the Lundbeck Foundation warmly welcomes nominees and nominators from diverse backgrounds. 

Applications close on 1 September.

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The impact of COVID-19 on women in STEM

The Australian Academy of Science, in partnership with the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources, is seeking information on the impact of COVID-19 on women in the STEM workforce in the Asia-Pacific region.

The chair of Steering Committee of this project is Prof Cheryl Prager, Fellow and former Foreign Secretary, of the Academy.     

By Wednesday, 31 March 2021, professionals of all genders from across the Asia-Pacific are invited to:

Submit personal stories 
Complete this survey

Queries about this project should be sent to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

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