2nd ESRS Sleep Science School “Sleep and Aging” (2019) – Application

2nd ESRS Sleep Science School “Sleep & Aging” to be held September 29-October 4, 2019

After the success of the 1st ESRS Sleep Science School “Neural Networks in Sleep” organized in October 2017, the ESRS board has decided to continue supporting the organization of thematic schools aimed at gathering early career sleep scientists around different fundamental topics, allowing them to gain knowledge, share their work and experience, meet experienced researchers, develop opportunities and create novel networks of excellence.

The second edition of the ESRS Sleep Science School will focus on “Sleep and Aging”, with fundamental and translational perspectives, and will be held again at the Villa Clythia in the city of Frejus at the Mediterranean Sea (South France), from 29 September to 4 October 2019. ESRS board members Philippe Peigneux, Pierre-Herve Luppi, Lino Nobili and Tom de Boer will coordinate this 2nd edition.

The program will be highly proactive and aimed at a maximal involvement of participants. It will include in-depth lectures by international sleep experts on Sleep and Aging topics (both human and animal work), together with presentation and discussion of the participants’ own research, workshop interactive sessions aimed at writing research grants and proposals, and in-depth exchanges between early career and experienced researchers. Importantly, faculty members will be present during the entire week, participate in the group activities, and be available for theoretical and practical discussions with early career researchers.

Confirmed faculty members are international sleep experts Julie Carrier (CA), Debra Skene (UK), Tarja Stenberg (FI), Silke Ryan (IR), Lino Nobili (IT), Tom de Boer (NL), Pierre-Hervé Luppi (FR) and Philippe Peigneux (BE).

A maximum number of 40 participants will be accepted to the 2nd ESRS Sleep Science School.

To participate, you must:

  • be a member of the ESRS at the time of application
  • be active in sleep research or sleep medicine training at the time of application
  • there is no upper age limit for eligibility; however, preference will be given to candidates who are in the early stages of their career
  • pay registration costs (450 € including meal and accommodation; 200 € to be paid upon reception of the candidature’s acceptance; the remaining 250 € three weeks before the school starting date).

In order to apply to participate, please send the following:

  • candidate’s CV
  • candidate’s ID photo
  • candidate’s passport or ID
  • candidate’s highest degree
  • application deadline is 30 April 2019
  • applications should be sent to the ESRS Secretary; Attention of Maria Wiechmann (maria.wiechmann@esrs.eu)

Applicants who cannot be supported by their laboratory or other sources may also apply for a fellowship to support their participation:

  • funding is open to all nationalities (European and non-European countries). Candidates from low-income countries will be considered first
  • the sum awarded by the ESRS will cover justified travel expenses, for a maximum of 400 €
  • registration costs including meal and accommodation costs will be directly covered by the ESRS
  • a maximum of 10 grants per year will be financed

The ESRS Research Networking Committee will rank the applications both to participate and to get funded.

Summary program

Sunday 29/09: Arrival and get-together (19:30 – 22:30)

Monday 30/09: Day 1 (9:00 – 21:00)

Lectures (90 min each)

Tom Deboer (Leiden, The Netherlands) Age-related changes in sleep and circadian physiology from the animal perspective

Debra Skene (Surrey, United Kingdom) Age-related changes in circadian factors and light interventions both in healthy and pathological human aging


Worskshop Developing a successful multidisciplinary scientific grants (by subgroups, moderated by faculty members)

Participants’ own research presentation and discussion with faculty

Debate: Pitfalls and opportunities in the study sleep and ageing Moderator Philippe Peigneux (Bruxelles, Belgium)

Tuesday 1/10: Day 2 (9:00 – 21:00)

Lectures (90 min each)

Pierrre-Hervé Luppi (Lyon, France) Sleep phenotyping of the animal models of neurodegenerative diseases

Lino Nobili (Milano, Italy) Sleep in ageing and neurological and psychiatric disorders


Picnic and trekking on the sea shore, informal discussion with faculty

Workshop activity preparing a grant proposal (subgroup, with faculty)

Wednesday 2/10: Day 3 (9:00 – 21:00)

Lectures (90 min each)

Tarja Porkka-Heiskanen (Helsinki, Finland) Genetics and proteomics in ageing and sleep

Julie Carrier (Montreal, Canada) Age- and sleep-related changes in brain plasticity and brain architecture in relation with cognition


Workshop activity preparing a grant proposal (subgroup, with faculty)

Participants’ own research presentation and discussion with faculty

Thursday 3/10: Day 4 (9:00 – 24:00)


Silke Ryan (Dublin, Ireland) The role of adipose tissue inflammation in OSA: Evidence from translational studies


Participants’ own research presentation and discussion with faculty

Workshop activity presentation of groups’ grant proposals

Career opportunities open discussion about postdocs and career planning

Debriefing and feedback session

Best presentation and grant awards, and dance party !

Friday 4/10: breakfast and morning departure (10:00)

Note that during lunch and social periods (12:30-15:00 mostly), on site games and sport activities (including outdoor swimming pool) are possible, weather being still very good at that time of the year in Frejus.

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