The BrainForum

Another element in the event series will be a scientific conference aimed at a broad public, beyond specialist circles.

Around five hundred participants will have the opportunity to meet the world‘s most prominent scientists in the field of Brain Research and follow their discussion about the achievements and future prospects of this field.

In the past (Rome 2010, Milan 2011, and Paris yearly since 2005), the conference not only drew the attention of specialists but also achieved global recognition with its high-calibre participants. Key contributors included Prof. Eilon Vaadia and Prof. Idan Segev (Edmond & Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences), Prof. Yadin Dudai (Weizmann Institute), Prof. Jeff Lichtman (Harvard University) and Prof. Henry Markram (École Polytechnique Féderale de Lausanne).

Media reporting about the BrainForum in Milan (2011) was highly successful with 250 articles, many of them full-page.

The next BrainForum will be held in Paris, Palais Brongniart on October 14th, 2012.


Brain & Art

An international committee of experts including two Nobel Laureates determined that the Hebrew University neuroscience community was so impressive that, with proper investment, it could become one of the top neuroscience centers in the world. A lead gift from the Edmond J. Safra Philanthropic Foundation enabled the University to launch its prestigious Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences (ELSC) in June 2009, which calls for a new state-of-the-art facility with fully equipped labs to house some 25 top researchers including already renowned faculty as well as new young faculty. The Center, whose architect is Norman Foster, also offers a selective postdoctoral program to prepare the next generation of leaders for Israeli neuroscience.


In order to make a large public aware of major topics in Brain Research and also of existing collaborations between Israeli and European teams, the project “Brain & Art” was created in Milan in 2011.

It consists of a street exhibition - The Colour of Thought - where visual representations of brain structures are matched with artworks.  Different events will be scheduled in every city where the exhibition will take place, among which an important scientific conference on the brain (The BrainForum): Paris, Deauville, Lisbon and Monaco in 2012. Starting from 2013, the project will travel to: Berlin, London, Tel-Aviv, Cannes, Jerusalem, São Paulo, and Zurich...