Aims and Scope of the School May  11 - June 1, 2017:

This IBRO Neuroscience School Program offers an advanced neuroscience course for young investigators from Africa and Latin America. This School focusses on the development, plasticity, and repair of neural circuits. This opportunity is made possible by the support of the IBRO North American Regional Committee and several Canadian institutions. The School is intended for 12-14 promising young trainees who have clear leadership potential in the scientific community of their home countries. A unique feature of the School is that students attend and present a poster of their work at the Canadian Association for Neuroscience’s annual meeting, a meeting that brings together over 1000 researchers, mostly from across Canada and the United States  Educational Objectives: • To deepen participants’ understanding of mechanisms related to development, plasticity, and repair of neural circuits.  • To acquaint the participants with a variety of experimental approaches and analytical tools.  • To foster long-lasting links with Canadian neuroscientists. • To forge new contacts between investigators in Canada, Africa, and Latin America.


The focus of this School is on the development and plasticity of neural circuits, and on mechanisms to repair circuits that are damaged or that develop abnormally. Students are taught through a series of interactive sessions, hands-on labs, and, and visits to various state-of-the art laboratories. The Faculty consists of prominent neuroscientists at McGill University, Montreal Neurological Institute, and the Université de Montréal. The school coordinators are Drs. Melissa Vollrath and David Ragsdale. 

In this school, students will participate in interactive seminars and lab sessions covering a wide range of topics, including: i) Axonal guidance and signals that regulate axon regeneration; ii) Neuronal diversification of astrocytes, and astrocyte growth; iii) Degeneration and repair of the retina; iv) Structural plasticity; v) Neural map formation and sensory coding in the olfactory system and the visual system; vi) Computation models of synaptic integration on dendrites; vii) Use of model organisms (zebrafish, xenopus, C. elegans, drosophila) to investigate the development of neural circuits, as well as neurodegenerative diseases; viii) Crispr/Cas9 and gene editing techniques. 

In addition to these interactive sessions, demonstrations, and special lectures, students will have the opportunity to conduct a short-term research project on a topic relevant to their own research.

Who should apply to this School?

Students will be chosen in consultation with IBRO’s regional committees. The specific criteria include: academic achievements and leadership potential, publications, letters of reference, and in particular, a statement of how attending this School will benefit the applicant’s research career and their research environment.   Students selected to attend the School will have their travel and living expenses (housing and meals) covered by the School, as well as registration to the Canadian Association for Neuroscience Annual meeting. Visas and other immigration arrangements are the responsibility of each student.

What costs will be covered for selected applicants?

Return airfare (home - Montreal and back), local lodging and meals, local transportation

Application deadline: January 15, 2017 (11:59 p.m. CET)

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IBRO US-Canada Regional Committee, Society for Neuroscience Canadian Association for Neuroscience CIHR, INMHA Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery, McGill University

Aims and Scope of the School May  1 - 4, 2017:

The week-long advanced neuroscience school foresees an intensive day-to-day and face-to-face interactive program on research design and methodologies in neurogenetics, recent advances on genetics of neurological diseases and conditions of the nervous system as well as on translation and implementation strategies for clinical and public health benefits in the African context.


IBRO/ARC, 2017 school has a main theme of neurogenetics. We believe that the advent of novel genetic analysis techniques e.g. NGS, CRISPR Cas gene editing will revolutionize the way we look to genetic basis of neurological disorders, gene therapies and animal modeling of diseases. Through inviting different international speakers who are experts in the field and supporting the travel and accommodation of students from all Africa, we plan to offer a unique opportunity for Exchange of knowledge and ideas between scientists and students. This will help in transfering knowledge and créating a cultural and scientific dialogue in an emerging field of neuroscience.

Organizer: Dr. Wael Mohamed (Menoufia Medical School, Egypt) and Dr. Mohamed Salama (Mansura Medical School, Egypt).

Who should apply to this School?

  • Students at the end of PhD degree and post doc as well as young neurologists.
  • Maximum age limit is 35 years.
  • Residents of African continent are only accepted
  • Only selected candidates will be notified
  • Please noted that reference letters are required for a student application to be eligible

What costs will be covered for selected applicants?

Air ticket, hotel accommodation, meal, materials, and local transportation

Application deadline: January 1, 2017 (11:59 p.m. CET)

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It is our great pleasure to invite you to participate in the 2017 6th International Conference on Systems and Control (ICSC'17).

The 2017 6th edition of the International Conference on Systems and Control will be held from Sunday May 7th, 2017 to Tuesday May 9th, 2017, at University of Batna 2, Batna, Algeria. 
The first edition was initiated by the late Prof. E.-K. Boukas 

A workshop will be proposed on Saturday, May 6th, 2017. 

Important dates

      • Submission Site Open : August 15th, 2016.
      • Invited Session Proposal due: December 1st, 2016.
      • Initial Submission due : January 15th, 2017
      • Paper decision notification : February 15th, 2017.
      • Final Paper Submission due : March 5th, 2017.
      • Online Registration : March 15th, 2017.
      • Congress : 
              opening : May 7th, 2017 .
      •       closing : 

May 9th, 2017

The registration fee includes the CD-ROM conference Proceedings, coffee breaks. 
At most two additional papers are accepted by registration. The fee for each additional paper is 60 Eur per paper. 
Each accepted paper has to be accompanied by at least one full registration. A student registration is NOT considered as a full registration
Six pages are allowed for each paper. Up to two additional pages will be permitted for a charge of 20 EUR per additional page. 





The Laboratory of Georesources (LGR) and the Tunisian Clays Group (TCG) will organise and host the First International Congress of Atlas Georesources (AGIC) from March 20 to March 22, 2017 in Hammamet, Tunisia.

AGIC cordially invites researchers, policy makers, practitioners, students, social enterprises and social economy from all countries to share their knowledge, research and discuss challenging advances in geosciences and their applications for human being development.



AGIC will cover theoretical and applied researchrelated to geosciences.

T1:Basin Geoexploration

Structural Geology

T2:Geomodelling and Geostatistics

T3: Water Resources and Modelling

Integrated water Management

T4: Energy

Fossil energy
Conventional, unconventional energy
Geothermal system exploration
Resource mapping and assessment

T5:Geomaterials and Mines

T6:Environment and Climatic Change

T7: Geohazards and Vulnerability


Remote sensing

T9: Soil sciences and Modelling

Soil erosion
Soil pollution and remediation

Important dates

  • Deadline for submission:July 30, 2016
  • Notification of acceptance:December 15, 2016
  • Deadline for registration:February 15, 2017




  1. AGIC2017 Abstract template and instructions for Authors
  2. AGIC2017 First Announcement and Call for Papers
  3. AGIC2017 Poster

The African Mathematical Union (AMU) in collaboration with the Moroccan Mathematical Community under the auspices of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research and the University Mohamed V Rabat is pleased to announce to all the Mathematical scientists in Africa and other parts of the world the 9th Pan African
Congress of Mathematicians (PACOM 2017) to be held in Rabat, Morocco from 3 to 7 July 2017.The Congress will be based on the theme:” Mathematics at the heart of technological innovation and economic development of Africa”.

The AMU General Assembly will be held on July 2, 2017. Each African country could be represented by at most three national mathematicians.

University Mohammed V Rabat

We are immensely pleased to invite you to attend the 61st ISI World Statistics Congress (WSC) to be held in Marrakech, Morocco from 16 to 21 July 2017.

The biennial WSC is the flagship conference of the International Statistical Institute (ISI) and its seven associations. It brings together eminent statisticians and members of the statistical community from the five continents to present, discuss, promote and disseminate research and best practices in every field of Statistics and its applications.

ISI2017 will feature a rich scientific programme focusing on the latest knowledge and innovation in Statistics. It will also be an excellent opportunity to benefit from additional scientific activities such as satellite meetings and short courses.

The High Commission for Planning (HCP), the main producer of official statistics in Morocco, is pleased to host and organize ISI2017 in Marrakech. Also called the Red City, Marrakech, offers a wide variety of attractions, from historical palaces, tombs, mosques, gardens, and beautiful nature, to endless shopping, dining and entertainment places. Marrakech, the realm of well-being, art, culture and gastronomy, has been elected as the travelers' top destination in the world for the year 2015.

To ensure an enjoyable and fruitful ambiance for sharing and networking, an attractive and diversified social programme is being designed. It shall give the participants an opportunity to experience the rich culture of Marrakech and its magical smells and colors.

The venue of the ISI2017 is the Mansour Eddahbi Hotel & Palais des Congrès, a great palace located at the heart of the empirical city of Marrakech, within walking distance from the city’s major attractions. Find out more about the venue at www.mansoureddahbi.com.

We have no doubt that taking part in ISI2017 will be a great and enjoyable opportunity for sharing experiences and networking in the magical and warm ambiance of the Red City – Marrakech. Come and join us there for ISI2017!


ECNP Congress 2017

Published in Events décembre 23 2016 0 Tagged under

The annual ECNP Congress is Europe’s premier scientific meeting for disease-oriented brain research, annually attracting between 4,000 and 6,000 neuroscientists, psychiatrists, neurologists and psychologists from around the world. 


A pilot study from a group of Dutch scientists implies that being told that an image is an artwork automatically changes our response, both on a neural and behavioural level. This may mean that our brains automatically up or down-regulate emotional response according to the whether they think something should be understood at face value, or whether it should be interpreted as art. This tends to lends support to an over 200 year old theory of art, first put forward by the philosopher Immanuel Kant in his Critique of Judgement. 

Most people understand that we will show a different conscious emotional response to a work of fiction or art, than we will to an equivalent real-life image. Now a team from Erasmus University in Rotterdam has tested how the unconscious brain responds to art and other types of images. 
In two related experiments, twenty-four student volunteers were asked to evaluate a series of picture while brain activity was measured via an EEG. Half of the pictures were pleasant and the other half unpleasant. They were either told that the pictures were works of art or photographs of real events. At the end of the trial they were asked to rate each image according to likeability and, attractiveness. 

The researchers concentrated on a brain signal called the LPP (Late Positive Potential), which is a measurement of the level of electromagnetic activity of the cortex between 0.6 and 0.9 seconds after the appearance of a stimulus. They were able to show that the amplitude of this stimulus was much greater when participants had been told that the picture was real, as against when they were told it was a work of art. When questioned, works of art were also rated as being more likable than were real pictures. 

“This work suggests that when we expect to be dealing with an artwork, our brain responds differently than when we expect to be dealing with reality” said lead researcher Noah van Dongen (Erasmus University, Rotterdam). “When we think we are not dealing with reality, our emotional response appears to be subdued on a neural level. This may be because of a tendency to ‘distance’ ourselves from the image, to be able to appreciate or scrutinize its shapes, colours, and composition instead of just its content. We know that our brains may have evolved with ‘hard-wired’ mechanisms that allow us to adjust our response to objects depending on the situation. What this work indicates, is that Kant’s two century old theory of aesthetics*, where he proposed that we need to emotionally distance ourselves from the artwork in order to be able to properly appreciate it, might have a neurological basis and that art could useful in our quest to understand our brain, emotions, and maybe our cognition.” 
In a second experiment, the research group added a third condition. Again, twenty-four student volunteers judged pleasant and unpleasant pictures, only this time they were presented as pictures of real events, works of art, and scenes from movies or documentaries. The neurological effect on emotional response vanished with the added third condition. 

Noah van Dongen said “The results of this modified experiment indicate that the effect of context is more complex than it might seem. It might be that too much or too ambiguous information reduces  the neurological effect. We are just beginning to understand our automatic emotion regulation and more research is necessary to bring its nuances to light.” 

(* Kant set out this theory in Critique of Judgement, published in 1790)



Oxytocin has been dubbed the “love hormone” for its role promoting social bonding, altruism and more. Now new research from Duke University suggests the hormone may also support spirituality.

In the study, men reported a greater sense of spirituality shortly after taking oxytocin and a week later. Participants who took oxytocin also experienced more positive emotions during meditation, said lead author Patty Van Cappellen, a social psychologist at Duke.

“Spirituality and meditation have each been linked to health and well-being in previous research,” Van Cappellen said. “We were interested in understanding biological factors that may enhance those spiritual experiences.

“Oxytocin appears to be part of the way our bodies support spiritual beliefs.”

Study participants were all male, and the findings apply only to men, said Van Cappellen, associate director of the Interdisciplinary and Behavioral Research Center at Duke’s Social Science Research Institute. In general, oxytocin operates somewhat differently in men and women, Van Cappellen added. Oxytocin’s effects on women’s spirituality still needs to be investigated.

The results appears online in the journal Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience.

Oxytocin occurs naturally in the body. Produced by the hypothalamus, it acts as a hormone and as a neurotransmitter, affecting many regions of the brain. It is stimulated during sex, childbirth and breastfeeding. Recent research has highlighted oxytocin’s possible role in promoting empathy, trust, social bonding and altruism. 

To test how oxytocin might influence spirituality, researchers administered the hormone to one group and a placebo to another. Those who received oxytocin were more likely to say afterwards that spirituality was important in their lives and that life has meaning and purpose. This was true after taking into account whether the participant reported belonging to an organized religion or not.

Participants who received oxytocin were also more inclined to view themselves as interconnected with other people and living things, giving higher ratings to statements such as “All life is interconnected” and “There is a higher plane of consciousness or spirituality that binds all people.”

Study subjects also participated in a guided meditation. Those who received oxytocin reported experiencing more positive emotions during meditation, including awe, gratitude, hope, inspiration, interest, love and serenity.

Oxytocin did not affect all participants equally, though. Its effect on spirituality was stronger among people with a particular variant of the CD38 gene, a gene that regulates the release of oxytocin from hypothalamic neurons in the brain.

Van Cappellen cautioned that the findings should not be over-generalized. First of all, there are many definitions of spirituality, she noted.

“Spirituality is complex and affected by many factors,” Van Cappellen said. “However, oxytocin does seem to affect how we perceive the world and what we believe.” 


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