Rita Levi-Montalcini Award

Satellite Event at SENC2021


The Young Researchers Committee of SENC organizes this event to provide visibility to the young researchers of the Society and to motivate them by providing examples of different scientific career pathways.

The session will focus on PhD students: Young SENC scientists will present their own research, and one of them will receive the Rita Levi-Montalcini Award to the best PhD student talk of SENC 2021.

Rita Levi-Montalcini Award: Information.

For those PhD students who apply to the award, the Young Researchers Committee will pre-select 5 candidates with an age limit ≤ 35 old to give a 15 minutes presentation in this satellite event.

The student providing the best presentation of her/his research to the audience will receive an award of 400 euros at the end of the session. All participants will also receive a Diploma.

Rita Levi-Montalcini Award: How to apply.

If you are interested in applying for the Rita Levi-Montalcini Award, please indicate your intention when submitting your abstract in the online form at the specific section “Additional information”.

In addition, please send an e-mail to secretaria.tecnica@senc.es providing the following details,

  • Full name
  • Affiliation
  • Name of your PhD supervisor
  • Brief CV
  • A copy of the accepted abstract to SENC 2021 where you are 1st author


Deadline: July 15th.

The Rita Levi-Montalcini Award applications will be evaluated by SENC Young Investigators Committee.

The SENC executive board will announce the selected candidates by September 27th.

Excellent Rita Levi-Montalcini Award Session Program.

9:00h                   Opening remarks of the Excellent Student Rita Levi Montalcini Award.
                                by Lola Ganfornina & Ángel Acebes

09:30-11:00h   First Session
                               Chairpersons: David Díaz & Sergio Valbuena

  • 09:30h     Selected talk #1: ‘Fast is not always good: How Sox9 balances cortical differentiation speed’.
                        Jaime Fabra Beser
                        BIOTECMED Institute, University of Valencia.


  • 10:00h     Selected talk #2: ‘IGF-I mitigates post-traumatic stress through orexin neurons’.
                        M. Estrella Fernández de Sevilla García-Agenjo
                        Cajal Institute (CSIC), Madrid.


  • 10:30h      Selected talk #3: ‘Microbial neuraminidase provokes anxiety. Is microglia involved?
                         Ana León Rodríguez
                         Department of Animal Physiology, University of Málaga.


  11:00-11:30h   Coffee break    


11:30-13:00h    Second Session
                                Chairpersons: David Díaz & Sergio Valbuena

  • 11:30h       Selected talk #4:‘Using 1D-convolutional neural networks to detect and interpret sharp-wave’.
                         Andrea Navas-Olive
                         Cajal Insitute (CSIC), Madrid.


  • 12:00h       Selected talk #5: ‘Neuron-astrocyte glutamatergic circuitries into the nucleus Accumbens’.
                         Irene Serra Hueto
                          Cajal Institute (CSIC), Madrid.


12:30h                 Deliberation


12:40h                 Award Ceremony
                                Presented by David Díaz & Sergio Valbuena


12:50-13:00h    Closing remarks
                                by Lola Ganfornina & Ángel Acebes