Society of Neuroscience (SfN) annual meetings are huge get-togethers for scientists working in different fields of neuroscience. This year nearly 30 000 neuroscientists gathered to sunny San Diego in California to show their results, meet each other and discuss. Many different kinds of topics were covered in the presentations from the level of a single molecule to the level of wide perspective of human behavior.
One of the greatest thing about this meeting was the atmosphere. Equality was seen important and was included in the ideology of the meeting. All scientists were warmly welcome and respected in the meeting, regardless of their origin, current situation or their other features. Everyone’s findings were seen equally important and worth of sharing to the community. Something that was truly uniting all participants was enthusiasm and common aim to together make better science and solve currently unsolved problems.
In conferences, it is more likely to come across new ideas and inspiration based on studies that are not necessarily that closely linked to persons own work. In five days, this meeting gave a valuable cross-section of the current highlights in the field, like studying role of glial cells, neuro-inflammation or microglia in various neural deficits. This meeting was an eye-opening reminder of the spectrum and the importance of different kinds of research performed.