With three posters in our luggage we travelled to the first biennial conference of the Nordic Neuroscience Society. Being organised at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, the residence of the 2014 Nobel laureates May-Britt and Edvard Moser, expectations for this three day conference were high.
Even though it was a small conference, with neuroscientists from Scandinavia, the Baltic states and Finland, the programme was packed. After the first keynote speech by the top class Belgian scientist Christine Broeckhoven, the conference really took off. Plenary lectures were followed by parallel symposium sessions, in subject ranging from hippocampal microcircuits to acute brain injury and neurogenesis.
Poster sessions in the hall of the Elektro-building provided much needed time to get acquainted with other neuroscientists and discuss each others research, while drinking an espresso made by the strategically placed baristas. It was there we could show this neuroscience community what we had been doing so far and what our next moves would be in our contribution to unravel the neurobiology of memory.
Not only the lunches, poster sessions and coincidentally bumping into each other in the hallways were nice ways to get to know each other. The copious dinners in Banksalen and To Tårn, as well as the many local cafes proved to be good settings to mingle and talk about international and cultural differences, linguistics and ambitious plans.
Even during the final day there was enough to be excited about: six more symposiums, followed by the final plenary lecture by May-Britt and Edvard Moser, who talked about the origins of their research, the proceedings that led to their breakthrough findings and future prospects in research aimed at finding out how we navigate.
Most of us took the airplane home after this enthusing experience, but some stayed a bit longer to attend the meeting of the Norwegian Neuroscience Society, where the next conference was discussed.
We are already looking forward to meeting our co-conferees. Many of them we will surely see again during summerschools and conferences. Everyone else we hope to see again at Nordic Neuroscience 2017!