Scientific and Press Program

SfN’s meeting is an unmatched source for great science about the brain. Take advantage of countless opportunities to learn about emerging and unpublished findings, to meet with some of the leading scientific experts in the field, and to discuss hot topics in scientific publishing, public education, and more. Click here for full list of events, including:

  • Featured and Special Lectures: Each year, SfN invites leading scientists to give lectures on hot topics in neuroscience.
    Presidential Special Lectures: This series is developed by SfN’s president and stems from his or her selected topic of interest. This year’s topic is “Expanding the Boundaries of Neuroscience.”
  • Symposia and Minisymposia: The meeting features more than 50 symposia and minisymposia, with comprehensive coverage of vital neuroscience research topics such as development, motivation and emotion, and neurodegenerative disorders and injury.
  • Curated Itineraries: With the wide variety of topics and research breakthroughs that are covered at the annual meeting, some attendees may wish to narrow their meeting experience to their particular area of interest. Curated Itineraries are specific topical tracks that encompass relevant posters and nanosymposia as well as lectures, symposia, and minisymposia.
  • Exhibitors: Hundreds of exhibitors showcase new tools, technologies, and publishing opportunities.

Press Events Schedule


9 a.m. -- Press Conference: Exploring Sleep’s Many Roles in Learning and Memory

1 p.m. -- Press Conference: New Techniques to Study Brain Disorders Lay Groundwork for Future Discovery

2:30 p.m. -- Press Conference: How Military Service Changes the Brain

4 p.m. -- Press Reception: Join SfN President Eric Nestler, editors from SfN’s journals, JNeurosci and eNeuro, and members of the SfN Public Education and Communication Committee for complimentary food and drinks in room 208A/B.


9 a.m. -- Press Conference: From Epigenetics to Neurogenesis: How the Brain Reacts to Stress

10:30 a.m. -- Press Conference: The Social Brain: From Aggression to Cooperation 

1 p.m. -- Press Conference: Stemming Pain and Addiction, Understanding Opioid Abuse

2:30 p.m. -- Press Conference: The Gut Microbiome’s Role in Neurodegeneration


10 a.m. -- Press Conference: The Hard-Hitting Consequences of Athletic Head Injuries

1 p.m. -- Press Conference: Brain Stimulation: Improved Methods and Promising Results

2: 30 p.m. -- Press Conference: Advances in Neuroprosthetics and Robotics Enrich Lives 

3:30 p.m. -- NIH and NSF Directors Press Conference: Directors from several of the institutes at National Institutes of Health (NIH) and from the National Science Foundation (NSF) will discuss news coming out of the agencies and important areas of focus in science and health.