ECNP Workshop for Early Career Scientists in Europe

17-20 March 2022, Nice, France


Aim of the Workshop
The ECNP Workshop aims to stimulate high-quality experimental and clinical research in brain disorders and their treatments by promoting and encouraging the development of Early Career Scientists seeking to pursue research careers in neuropsychopharmacology.
The three-day Workshop is a great opportunity for Early Career Scientists in Europe to come together with research leaders to discuss the latest advances and perspectives on specific topics.

Workshop topics
As every year, the Workshop focuses on three recurring topics and one variable topic.

The three recurring topics are:

  • Molecular and cellular: New findings in molecular and cellular mechanisms related to the causes, characteristics and control of psychiatric and/or neurological disorders. Cellular, animal and human studies are considered.

  • Behavioural and systems: Novel insights into behaviour and the neurobiological mechanisms and neural circuits underlying its induction, control and coordination. Both animal and human studies are considered.

  • Clinical neuroscience: Recent findings in the field of clinical neuroscience. 

The variable topic of 2022 is: 

  • Reward mechanisms: The reward system is engaged in both hedonic and motivational aspects of a rewarding experiences, including both natural and artificial rewards. Given its critical role in determining motivational drives, the reward system is recognized as a core element in many mental health and neurological disorders. These include addiction and depression for which there is an urgent need for improved therapy.

Within each topic two distinguished scientists will address specific themes, after which there are short presentations by five early career scientists invited to present their research.

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ECNP programme


We offer…

  • A platform for 100 Early Career Scientists to meet with inspiring speakers and experts in the field and present their research poster in the beautiful city of Nice.
  • An invitation to 20 participants (five within each topic) to give a short oral presentation on their research during the Workshop.
  • An opportunity for some participants to present at the New Findings Symposium at the ECNP Congress 2022.
  • An opportunity for some participants to present during the ECNP’s Got Talent Session at the ECNP Congress 2022.
  • An Excellence Award for 4 runners-up to attend the ECNP Congress 2022.
  • A chance to get an abstract published in a supplement to the journal Neuroscience Applied.
  • Free registration.
  • Hotel accommodation in a shared room.
  • Travel subsidy for participants from countries with a developing economy.

Workshop Committee
This committee is charged with the organisation of the Workshop, designs the programme and reviews all abstract submissions, with a view to encompassing forward-looking perspectives on specific topics, and promote and encourage the scientific development of European (pre-) doctorates and medical residents. Read more here.

ECNP Workshop for Early Career Scientists in Europe Virtual - group picture 

Participants of the ECNP Workshop Virtual 2021.  

Experiences from previous Workshops

 “The ECNP Workshop was an intensive three day thought provoking and intellectually stimulating event in the lavish district of Masséna, Nice. Only early career scientists from various academic institutions across Europe were invited, constructing a highly welcoming platform to gain perspective on their research in the broader context of the neuropsychopharmacology field. The Workshop encouraged all delegates to identify and connect with camaraderies beyond your institution, promoting cross-fertilization of research ideas and planting seeds for future collaborations.”
Amy Kao - University of Oxford, United Kingdom

“The ECNP Workshop offers a well-balanced program of state-of-the-art keynote lectures, presentations by emerging young scientists and informal scientific exchange. I really appreciated the opportunity to liaise with leading experts from my field to talk about future research paths and career development.”
Michael Stäblein - University Hospital Frankfurt, Germany

Previous Workshops

Visit our history page for more info about our past ECNP Workshops.