It is important for scientists worldwide to advocate for increased science funding. Depending on the cultural context, however, your outreach approach — including how and when you communicate with policymakers — and whether advocacy is even a possibility — will differ. In this webinar, speakers from the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies, the International Brain Research Organization, and SfN's Government and Public Affairs Committee will discuss why their advocacy efforts were successful and what you can do to promote science research in your local community.
Sten Grillner is a professor at the Karolinska Intitute’s Nobel Institute for Neurophysiology in Stockholm, Sweden. He is the secretary general of the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO) and has previously served as the president of the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies and chairman of the Nobel Committee. He works with the IBRO Global Advocacy Committee to help provide strategy and resources for science advocacy around the world.
Federico Bermudez Rattoni
Federico Bermúdez Rattoni is a professor at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in the Institute of Cellular Physiology. He serves on SfN’s Government and Public Affairs Committee and is also the IBRO representative for neurosciences and neurobiology in Mexico. He has participated in several advocacy and outreach activities in Mexico in addition to attending SfN’s Capitol Hill Day in Washington, DC.
Juan Lerma is the director of the Instituto de Neurociencias de Alicante in Spain. He also is the secretary general-elect of the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies, and as the chairman of the IBRO Pan European Regional Committee. Lerma and his colleague Mara Dierssen received a FENS-SfN advocacy grant for the Spanish Society of Neuroscience in 2011 and used this grant to promote science to the public and Congress in Spain.
Ana Belén Elgoyhen
Ana Belén Elgoyhen is a professor at the Instituto de Investigaciones en Ingeniería Genética y Biología Molecular in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is also the president of the Argentinian Society of Research in Neurosciences and serves as a representative for the IBRO Governing Council. She has won the L'Oréal UNESCO Women in Science award, which recognizes outstanding women researchers.