The Future of Brain Research


The Conference will be held at the ELSC-ICNC lecture hall
(Silverman Bldg., Wing 3, 6th floor – Edmond J. Safra Campus)

Organizers: Matan Sorek and Eva Kelman

This conference will address some fundamental questions regarding brain research:
From the historical perspective of brain research – which theory or discovery had great influence on this field?
Today – what would be considered as a major breakthrough in the field?
What is the right direction of research? Is there such a thing as “the right direction”?

Please note: Seating in the lecture hall is limited, so there will also be a screening of the conference. Any late arrivals are kindly requested to make their way to the screening hall (there will be signs along the way).


11:30 – Gathering and light refreshments

12:00 Opening Remarks: Prof. Naftali Tishby, Matan and Eva

Session 1

Debate title: From Molecules to Mind and Back [Video recording]
12:15 – 12:40 Prof. Yadin Dudai (Weizmann Institute) 
12:40 – 12:55 Prof. Haim Sompolinsky (Hebrew University)
Short Discussion

Debate title: From Neuron to Cognition: What is needed to understand brain mechanisms of higher brain function? [Video recording]
13:05 – 13:30 Prof. Moshe Abeles (Bar-Ilan University) [presentation (pdf)]
13:30 – 13:45 Prof. Shaul Hochstein (Hebrew University)
Short Discussion

13:55-14:20 – Break and light refreshments

Session 2

Debate title: Subjective experience and objective brains [Video recording]
14:20 – 14:45 Prof. Yoram Yovell (University of Haifa) 
14:45 – 15:00 Prof. Hagai Bergman (Hebrew University) 
Short Discussion

Debate title: The Conceptual Nervous System 
15:10 – 15:35 Prof. Shimon Marom (Technion)
15:35 – 15:50 Prof. Yosef Yarom (Hebrew University)
Short Discussion

16:00 Concluding Remarks: Prof. Eilon Vaadia

All lectures will be given in English

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