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G. Superti-Furga's (CeMM) commentary in the daily newspaper Der Standard points out that the Austrian government spends roughly 1000 x more on health than on health research and asks "When will we ever learn to invest in knowledge?" Read the full article (in German) "Ja zum Impfen, jein zur Wissenschaft" at https://www.derstandard.at/story/2000125092302/ja-zum-impfen-jein-zur-wissenschaft 


ANA is grateful to its ANA Partners for their continuous support thereby helping to shape and improve Austrian neuroscience.

Sigi Huck, founding father of ANA, discusses the mission, aims, and goals of ANA and highlights the benefits an ANA membership has for neuroscientists.
Especially young researchers are encouraged to join and can thereby contribute to shaping the future of neuroscience in Austria.
Find the whole interview here.

Particle physicist Christof Gattringer from the University of Graz will be heading the FWF in the coming years. Visit the FWF Website for more information

Interview mit dem scheidenden FWF Präsidenten Professor Klement Tockner

  • Es war ein unglaubliches Privileg, den FWF für 4 Jahre und 4 Monate führen zu dürfen
  • Ich bin überzeugt, ich übergebe einen starken FWF. Er ist so gut ausgestattet wie nie zuvor
  • Mein Ziel war, das Budget über den FWF - es ist ja nicht für den FWF - zu verdoppeln. Dieses Ziel wurde nicht erreicht
  • Sich noch stärker für den Wettbewerb einzusetzen ist etwas, was ich dem Nachfolger oder der Nachfolgerin übergeben muss
  • 96% aller Mittel gehen in einer qualitätsgeprüften Form direkt an die Forschenden
  • Wir müssen uns der Konsequenzen bewusst sein, wenn wir bei einem nicht ausreichend finanzierten FWF eine Bewilligungsquote von nur mehr 20% haben. Wir brauchen in den nächsten fünf Jahren eine Verdoppelung der Mittel, inklusive der Exzellenzinitiative, die über den FWF abgewickelt werden soll
  • Die „approved but not funded“ Rate - das sind immerhin 65 Millionen Euro in diesem Jahr, führt dazu, dass viele junge WissenschafterInnen das Land verlassen
  • Aus den Mitteln der Nationalstiftung werden derzeit 20% des Budgets des FWF abgedeckt, und zwar zentrale Programme wie die SFBs, die DOC Funds, und die Matching Funds mit den Bundesländern
  • Wir haben ja die Allianz der Österreichischen Wissenschaftsorganisationen, die auch das Ziel hat, gemeinsam zu ziehen. Es gehört allerdings nicht zu den österreichischen Stärken, gemeinsam zu ziehen
  • Die Forschung, und gerade die Grundlagenforschung, muss von ideologischen, politischen, und ökonomischen Interessen unabhängig bleiben
  • In der Schweiz unterstützt die öffentliche Hand nicht so sehr die Industrieforschung. Das ist die eigene Aufgabe der Industrie. Die Industrie profitiert viel mehr von einer sehr starken Grundlagenforschung

Hier finden Sie das gesamte, von Sigismund Huck geführte Interview


SAVE THE DATE:

28 – 30 September 2021


Dear ANA Members!

This is usually the time, before the holiday break, when we look back at a fruitful year, celebrate the achievements of our members, recall successful ANA initiatives, and thank our ANA partners. In 2020, everything was different, our personal and professional lives have been and are still affected by COVID-19. At the same time, the coronavirus pandemic has made people increasingly aware of the importance of science for public health and society at large. This is much in line with ANA´s mission of fostering the advancement and public representation of the neurosciences in Austria aiming at building public trust in science, reaching out, and communicating scientific knowledge. 

As we approach the end of this worrisome year, let us take the opportunity to reflect on positive things. We are happy to report that ANA has a continuously growing number of members and we are taking pride in supporting more and more initiatives, including travel grants, awards, and financial contributions to scientific meetings, symposia, and training courses. For a full list of opportunities, please visit our website. Most noteworthy highlights of 2020 

 the Best Thesis Award 2019 that was given to 

            - Stefanie Geisler (Medical University Innsbruck) 

            - Anna Tröscher (Medical University of Vienna)

 ANA became a partner of the online platform “Das Gehirn (see also the article by Thomas Bugnyar and a commentary by Ludwig Huber).

 Young ANA´s Social Media Award that went to

            - Florian Grössl (IMP, Vienna)

            - Szabolcs Biró, Anikó Fejes, and Sabria Lagoun (The Brainstorms Scientifics)

 and further Social Media Activities launched by Young ANA Chair Bruno Benedetti; to find out more, please follow us on FacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn

 as a consequence of the pandemic, meetings had to be moved to the virtual space, including the FENS Forum 2020 that went fully online for the first time. Due to the excellent set-up, the virtual forum provided the opportunity to access online talks for 3 months (until mid October) and to watch parallel sessions that may have been missed during an in-person event. Of course, ANA provided grants for members to participate in the virtual FENS Forum

Unfortunately, several ANA supported events had to be cancelled. They will, however, take place at a later time point.

For 2021, we have great plans again! First and foremost, the ANA Meeting 2021 is scheduled to take place in Salzburg from 28 to 30 September 2021. The meeting is planned as an in-person event following a strict hygiene concept and safety measures. 

In addition, please look out for the following ANA awards in 2021

 ANA Best Thesis Award 2020: deadline 31 January 2021
 Otto Loewi Prize 2021: deadline 15 May 2021
 Young ANA Social Media Award: rolling process
 Support for FENS training courses, schools, and brain conferences: deadlines contingent on the individual FENS course
 Travel grants for the ANA Meeting 2021: deadline tba

We want to especially thank our board members for their continued engagement in these most challenging times.

Vice-Secretary Ramon Tasan (Medical University of Innsbruck
Treasurer Petra Scholze (Medical University of Vienna)
Treasurer Petra Scholze (Medical University of Vienna)

Vice-Treasurer Rupert Lanzenberger (Medical University of Vienna)
Councelor Sébastien Couillard-Després (Paracelsus Medical Private University, Salzburg
Councelor Simon Hippenmeyer (Institute for Science and Technology, Klosterneuburg)

Extended Board: 

Bruno Benedetti (Paracelsus Medical Private University, Salzburg)
Peter Jonas (Institute for Science and Technology, Klosterneuburg)
David Keays (Research Institute of Molecular Pathology, Vienna)
Magdalena Temmel (Karl-Franzens-University, Graz)
Kristin Tessmar-Raible (Max F. Perutz Laboratories, Vienna)
Andreas Lieb (University College London)
Gerald Obermair (Karl Landsteiner University of Health Sciences, Krems)

Last but certainly not least, we are very grateful to our ANA partners and sponsors for their unwavering support: 

Luigs & Neumann
Peter und Traudl Engelhorn Stiftung
Science Services
Synaptic Systems

Szabo Scandic

Tecniplast
Zeiss

We wish you and your loved ones a joyful holiday season and a healthy and prosperous 2021!

Francesco Ferraguti, Isabella Sarto-Jackson, René Seiger

PS:  We would also like to share information from the FENS President Jean-Antoine Girault: Finally, preparations have already begun for the FENS Forum 2022, on 9-13 July in Paris, France. We hope you have already noted down these dates in your calendars and that you will join us: we will be launching the call for symposia and technical workshops in March 2021 and look forward to your proposals.

The current period is also an opportunity for FENS to prepare its strategic plan for 2022-2030. We have launched an internal review process to assess the strengths and weaknesses of its functioning and are very much looking forward to receiving the advice of our member societies so as to better understand their vision of FENS for the future. In this context, we would also be happy to get feedback and suggestions from all neuroscientists who are welcome to express their opinions and thoughts to FENS directly. The participation of early-career neuroscientists, students or post-docs, is strongly encouraged. FENS will launch a call for input in 2021.

Young ANA proudly announces the new winners of the

Young ANA Social Media Award:
SZABOLCS BIRÓ, ANIKÓ FEJES and SABRIA LAGOUN,
cofounders of THE BRAINSTORMS SCIENTIFICS!

The Golden Trio has literally taken Austria by STORM with their initiative that tells about Neuroscience in fresh and entertaining ways. Stay tuned and check out their events following THE BRAINSTORMS SCIENTIFICS online!



Roman Romanov winner of the 2019 Otto Loewi Award

The Otto Loewi Award is a prestigious prize for neuroscience research in Austria and provided biannually by the Austrian Neuroscience Association (ANA). The 2019 prize was awarded to Roman Romanov (CBR, Medical University of Vienna) at the occasion of the ANA/APHAR Meeting in Innsbruck. Visit the Otto Loewi Award site for some details.

ANA/APHAR Meeting September 2019 in Innsbruck

Poster Prizes
Marija Ilic
Enrica Paradiso
Cornelia Ablinger
Ahmed Hussein
Katharina Strempfl

Oral Presentation Prizes
Nadine Ortner
Maria Dumitrascuta
Theodora Kalpachidou

ANA honors Hans Winkler as Pioneer in Austrian Neuroscience

 At the occasion of the ANA/APHAR 2019 Meeting in Innsbruck, ANA President Sigismund Huck and the incoming ANA President Francesco Ferraguti honored Hans Winkler for his groundbreaking discoveries on peptidergic neurotransmission. The focus of his research were large dense-core vesicles, their content in neurosecretory proteins such as the chromogranins, and the biochemical characterization of the ATP-transporter on these vesicles.

Hans Winkler graduated in Medicine in Innsbruck, did his D. Phil. with Herman Blaschko at the Department of Pharmacology, University of Oxford, and became Professor of Biochemical Pharmacology at the Leopold-Franzens University of Innsbruck in 1975. He succeeded Heribert Konzett in 1980 as head of the Department of Pharmacology. Hans Winkler collaborated for many years with David Smith (Oxford) and contributed as member of the editorial board from the beginning to “Neuroscience”, the IBRO journal founded by David Smith. Hans Winkler was a member of EMBO and of the DANA/EDAB alliance for the Brain. His oeuvre includes >250 publications with more than 10.000 citations.
https://www.i-med.ac.at/pharmakologie/geschichte.html

ANA/APHAR Meeting September 2019 in Innsbruck

260 Participants attended the ANA/APHAR Meeting 2019! The meeting took place at the Center for Chemistry and Biomedicine (CCB) in Innsbruck and was a joint venture with the Austrian Pharmacological Society (APHAR). In addition, it was preceded by the final event of the FWF-funded Spezialforschungsbereich SFB-F44, which added a number of high-profile international speakers.

See what you have missed by looking at the Program at a Glance and the Program Booklet!

 

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