Neuroscience Research Conference

The annual UC Berkeley Neuroscience Research Conference (AKA ‘The Retreat’) brings the entire campus neuroscience community together for a 2-day gathering of research talks, poster presentations, informal discussions, and social activities. The conference is alternately held at the Granlibakken Conference Center on the northwest shore of Lake Tahoe and the Pajaro Dunes Resort on the coast of Watsonville. Click to download the schedules¬†from recent years: (2016) (2015) (2014) (2013)

Neuroscience Seminar Series

The Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute and the Neurobiology division of the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology jointly host a biweekly Neuroscience seminar series, with notable speakers from across the world. In addition, the Neuroscience PhD Program runs a separate Neuroscience Graduate Student Seminar Series, in which graduate students select, invite, and host speakers (2-4 speakers per year). Hosted speakers join PhD students in group discussions, presentations, and social events, in addition to the seminar. Check out ongoing seminars here.

Other Seminar Series

Neuroscience seminars are also hosted by a variety of other programs, including The Institute for Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Department of Molecular & Cell Biology, Department of Psychology, Vision Science Graduate Program, and Redwood Center for Theoretical Neuroscience.

Special Interest Groups And Journal Clubs

A variety of specialized, multi-laboratory interest groups and journal clubs meet regularly, including Synaptic Physiology Journal Club, Cal Cortex Club, Fly Club, MCB Development Club, Oxyopia (vision), Ear Club, Redwood Neural Computation Journal Club, Townsend Center Working Group in Neuroscience and Philosophy, and more. These groups provide opportunities to hear about the latest research from within and outside Berkeley, to gain experience giving research talks, and to critically evaluate cutting-edge science.