The Volen National Center for Complex Systems Scientific Retreat 2019

The Volen National Center for Complex Systems held its 2019 scientific retreat on September 26th and 27th at the Lighthouse Inn in West Dennis on beautiful Cape Cod. This retreat was an intensely interactive and exciting event, since it involved two days of activities. The success of the event was due to the work of a dedicated group of Neuroscience graduate students who organized and planned the entire thing. The students chose and invited all the speakers, designed the activities and organized the schedule. It was a chance for our trainees to take ownership and shape our yearly gathering. They did an amazing job and are justifiably proud!

Scientists from across Brandeis departments attended to hear presentations from senior postdoctoral fellows, a graduate student “data blitz”, and a keynote talk on the genetics and molecular biology of memory, reward and addiction from Karla Kaun, Associate Professor of Neuroscience at Brown University. We shared meals and team-building activities in perfect New England fall weather and still had enough down-time for those important small group discussions that happen when you are out of your normal environment. The retreat served as a welcome break from routine and was a great opportunity to recharge and engage for Volen Center faculty, staff, postdocs and students.

The success of this trainee-planned event was so phenomenal we had hoped to do another overnight retreat in 2020. Sadly, those plans have been delayed until fall of 2021 due to the pandemic, but we look forward to it!

September 26, 2019

4 p.m.: Arrival and Snacks

5 p.m.: Post Doc Talks 

6 p.m.: Dinner

7 p.m.: Poster Sessions A and B

9 p.m.: Social Hour

September 27, 2019

8 a.m.: Breakfast

9:30 a.m.: The Volen National Center for Complex Systems Data Blitz Presentations

10:30 a.m.: Break

10:45 a.m.: Color War

12:30 p.m.: Lunch

1:30 p.m.: Post Doc Talks

2:30 PM: Break

3 p.m.: Keynote Talk