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3rd ESRS Sleep Science School “The Functions of Sleep”

26 September 2021 @ 12:00 am - 1 October 2021 @ 11:59 pm CEST

3rd ESRS Sleep Science School “The Functions of Sleep” to be held 26 September to 1 October, 2021
Application and Fellowships

After the success of the 1st ESRS Sleep Science School ‘Neural Networks in Sleep’ in 2017 and the 2nd ESRS Sleep Science School ‘Sleep and Aging’ in October 2019, 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 third edition of the ESRS Sleep Science School will focus on ‘The Functions of Sleep’, and will be held again at the CNRS Villa Clythia site in the city of Frejus at the Mediterranean Sea (South France), from 26 September to 1 October 2021. ESRS members Philippe Peigneux, Pierre-Hervé Luppi and Tom de Boer will coordinate this 3rd edition. The program will be highly proactive and aimed at a maximal involvement of participants. It will include in-depth lectures by a faculty of international sleep experts on topics related to the functions of sleep (both human and animal work), together with presentation and discussion of the participants’ own research. The agenda will also include interactive workshop 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 and topics that will be discussed are:

  • Iben Lundgaard (SW): Sleep, glymphatic system and detoxification
  • Schonauer Monika (DE) : Human sleep and memory consolidation
  • Girardeau Gabrielle (FR) Mechanisms and functions of information processing and consolidation during sleep: animal studies
  • Robles Maria (DE): Sleep and synaptic phosphorylation
  • Deboer Tom (NL): Energy conservation, thermoregulation, and adenosine functions
  • Luppi Pierrre-Hervé (FR): The function of REM sleep from birth to adulthood
  • Vyazovskiy Vladyslav (UK): The mechanisms and functions of sleep homeostasis
  • Peigneux Philippe (BE): Links and dissociations between sleep, fatigue, sleepiness and cognitive functioning

A maximum number of 40 participants will be accepted to the 3rd ESRS Sleep Science School. The Sleep Science School will take place in person. If it is not possible to hold a physical meeting, the School will be postponed and initial fees will be reimbursed.

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 (475 € including meal and accommodation; 250 € to be paid upon reception of the candidature’s acceptance; the remaining 225 € three weeks before the school starting date; unless you are eligible for an ESRS fellowship, see below).

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 31 May 2021

Applications should be sent to the ESRS Business Administrator, Vroni Aumeier (Vroni.aumeier@esrs.eu) with Sleep Science School Application in the subject.

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 will be financed

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

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26 September 2021 @ 12:00 am CEST
1 October 2021 @ 11:59 pm CEST
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