Please check this page frequently as the Conference approaches and just before you leave in case there are any last-minute changes.
The latest version of the program will be downloadable just before the Conference. Printed programs will not be provided at the Conference, so please download and print it if you want a printed version.
Deadline for changes to program: May 12th...
If you plan to bring an unregistered guest(s) to the Conference dinner, you need to tell us now via the "Contact us" page.
Getting to Taormina from Catania Airport: See the "Getting there" page...
Now is the time to arrange for your transport to Taormina. A car and driver from Taormina Car Service will meet you at Arrivals in Catania Airport and drive you directly to your hotel. Time: 45 minutes, door-to-door. See the "Getting there" page and email Stefania at Taormina Car Service. If you request it, Stefania will put together people arriving at the same time to reduce the cost to little more than the bus fare. The bus takes twice as long and ends at the bus station in Taormina, not your hotel.
NEW: While you wait to start your trip to Sicily, you can watch "Best of Sicily" by Rick Steves. He visits Palermo, the cathedral in Monreale, the Greek temples in Agrigento, and the fabulous Roman mosaics at Piazza Armerina. Toward the end of the video, he visits Taormina and shows you many of the sites. Taormina is extraordinary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYYYciJrfns
Another Rick Steves travel program, "Sicilian Delights," is also excellent, showing Trapani, Erice, and Siracusa, which is a great place to visit and only 90 minutes south of Taormina: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9zJtNWyZEA
Please check your name in the list of registered participants and let us know if you want it printed differently on your name tag. Also, now is the time to make changes to your program listing. If you are registered, your name is on the list on the "Program" webpage.
The program is now full. Please register for the Conference and join us, but be aware that unless several cancellations occur, additional speaking spots are unlikely.
The Conference will start at 08:30 on Sunday, 2 June, and finish on Friday, 7 June at 17:00 or 18:00.
The Data Blitzes are for everyone, and anyone can attend and present data in these well-attended, fast-paced sessions. If you want to give a Data Blitz talk, please read below and send us your information via the "Contact Us" page. Do not delay as the program fills quickly. Also, as you organize your session, please think about whether you and your speakers would like to publish the session as part of an article collection in Frontiers in Neuroscience (see below).
Please note that all participants pay the registration fee and the costs of attending as this is an unsponsored, informal meeting. Pre-doctoral students are subsidized with a reduced registration fee.
The Spring Hippocampal Research Conference is designed to bring together students, fellows, researchers, and clinicians interested in all aspects of normal hippocampal formation structure and function in learning, memory, and spatial function, as well as its dysfunction in neurological and psychiatric disorders. In addition to presenting and hearing the latest data in the formal sessions and data blitzes, participants benefit from informal interactions throughout the conference, which will be held every two years in a location that facilitates friendly interactions and future collaborations.
You are invited! This is an entirely open and democratic meeting. As the conference approaches, please contact colleagues and let us know if you plan to organize a session, as the program will fill quickly.
Also, please note that the Data Blitzes work very well, and are for everyone, not just junior investigators. Anyone can attend and present data in these well-attended, fast-paced sessions.
For the formal sessions, please keep in mind the following organizational details when inviting colleagues:
Four speakers in a one hour session (10 minutes for each speaker in a maximum of 8 slides, plus 5 minutes for questions); 3-6 speakers is fine; you can chair the session without speaking if you prefer;
Speakers present data in only one session, as an issue of fairness;
All participants pay the registration fee and the costs of attending; this is an unsponsored, informal meeting. Pre-doctoral students will be subsidized with a reduced registration fee;
This is an open, informal, and friendly meeting with few rules. The primary goals are to: 1) stay strictly on time, and; 2) have the highest-quality sessions.
For the Data Blitz presentations: 5 minutes for each speaker in a maximum of 4 slides, plus 2 minutes for questions.
Your session as a Frontiers Research Topic?
The Spring Hippocampal Research Conference is again associated with Frontiers in Neuroscience. As you organize your session, please think about whether you and your speakers would like to publish the session as part of an article collection. If you do, please contact Jochen Meier (email@example.com) and the Journal development manager, Stephanie Maret (Stephanie.firstname.lastname@example.org).
Santiago Ramón y Cajal's original drawing of the hippocampus (Camillo Golgi's silver impregnation method).