Sleep Science Friday: 2021 Sleep Science School – Application Is Open


23 April 2021

After two successful ESRS Sleep Science Schools, the third one will be taking place this year, 26 September to 1 October at the CNRS Villa Clythia site in the city of Frejus at the Mediterranean Sea (South France). These thematic schools aim to gather early career sleep scientists around different fundamental sleep topics. Themes already covered include Neural Networks in Sleep and Sleep & Aging.  

This year, the focus will be on The Functions of Sleep. 

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 presentations and discussions 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. 

And most notably, after over one year of virtual meetings, webinars and conferences, how great will it be to come together once more LIVE in beautiful Frejus to learn from these confirmed faculty members: 

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

These faculty members will be present during the entire weekThey will be actively participating in the group activities and will be available in between sessions (and over dinner) for theoretical and practical discussions. This level of interaction is invaluable, especially for early career researchers. 

Other benefits of attending are that you get to develop your knowledge even further, share your work and experiencemeet other experienced researchersdevelop future opportunities and create novel networks of excellence. 


Listen to Prof. Dr. Philippe Peigneux as he gives us even more insight on what to expect this year!


The deadline for application submission is Monday, May 31, 2021. For more information on who can apply and how to apply –  here are additional application details.  

Past participants have lauded previous Sleep Science Schools as one of the best experiences of their careers. And we anticipate that this third staging will be no different.  

We look forward to receiving your applications and welcoming you in Frejus! 


Recent publications from ESRS members: 

  1. Simor et al. (2021). REM Sleep Microstates in the Human Anterior Thalamus. J Neurosci.
  2. Pawlak et al. (2021) Effect of Electrode Configuration and Impulse Strength on Airway Patency in Neurostimulation for Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Laryngoscope.
  3. Kuczynski et al. (2021) The Epidemiology of Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Poland—Polysomnography and Positive Airway Pressure Therapy. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health.
  4. Pires et al. (2021). Effects of sleep deprivation on maternal behaviour in animal models: A systematic review and meta-analysis. J Sleep Res.  
  5. Bruijel et al. (2021). The bidirectional relationship between sleep and physical activity following traumatic brain injury. J Sleep Res.  
  6. McKillop et al. (2021). Diazepam effects on local cortical neural activity during sleep in mice. Biochem Pharmacol.    
  7. Rasche et al. (2021). Influence of Parathyroidectomy on Sleep Quality in Primary Hyperparathyroidism. Adv Exp Med Biol.  
  8. Sella et al. (2021). How Elderly People’s Quality of Life Relates to Their Sleep Quality and Sleep-Related Beliefs. Behav Sleep Med.  
  9. Weihs et al. (2021). Associations between sleep apnea and advanced brain aging in a large-scale population study. Sleep.    
  10. Op de Beeck et al. (2021). Endotypic Mechanisms of Successful Hypoglossal Nerve Stimulation for Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Am J Respir Crit Care Med.


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ESRS Reminders 

The Sleep Medicine Committee (SMC) has extended its deadline for its Call for New Effective Members until 30 April 2021. 

There are several projects that require effective members – We Need You! To get further information or to apply if you’re already interested, please see more details here. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]