Brain Research Society of Finland: Learning and memory

Brain Research Society of Finland: Learning and memory

Please join us in Otakaari, Otaniemi for a special lecture and panel discussion organized by the Brain Research Society of Finland (BRSF) on 17.12. at 14:00 – 18:00 on the topic ‘Learning and Memory’. We have planned an exciting program with an excellent list of experts, and dinner at the end of the day. Please see the program for more information below

14:00-16:00 Lecture + Panel Discussion in Mordor

14:00-14:10 Welcome words: Pirta Hotulainen (BRSF, Minerva)

14:10-14:40 Keynote lecture: Professor Riitta Hari (Aalto University)

How to move from multidisciplinarity to convergence?

14:40-16:00 Panel discussion:Chair Soila Kuuluvainen (BRSF, UH)

Panelists: Professors Heikki Tanila (UEF) and Riikka Möttönen (UH), Docent Miriam Nokia (JYU) and Dr. Lilli Kimppa (UH)

How can we learn new skills or store memories? Why some memories stay well while some others are lost relatively quickly? Are children learning differently from adults? ADD Here your own Question!

16:00-18:00 Discussion in Factory cafeteria

Light buffet dinner with drinks. During the dinner participants discuss together in small groups (2-4) so that psychologists and biologists discuss with each other. Aim is that through discussion, questioning and listening each other, we process the information and understand better what other scientists are doing and knowing.

The event is free of charge, but please hurry with registration as we are limited to a maximum of 75 participants.


Neuroscience is multi-disciplinary but to be successful in addressing very complicated questions, such as how brain works, we need to move from multidisciplinarity to convergence, which is the expanded form of interdisciplinarity. We need to address common questions and problems together to integrate our knowledge.

The aim of this discussion series is to improve understanding of different field neuroscientists so that we could benefit full spectrum of knowledge what we have from psychology to biochemistry. We will do this by taking a common problem, which we will solve together. We aim at using a language that every scientist understands. Without ability to talk and communicate and share information and push all information together, we will never reach understanding of how human brain works. And without proper understanding of how brain works, we have very limited tools to develop novel treatments for numerous brain health issues. This seminar serie aims at facilitating development of convergence in neuroscience.

Place Otakaari 5, Otaniemi, Espoo

14:00-16:00 Mordor

16:00-18:00 Factory cafeteria

Covid-19 safety: We all want to get back to business but at same time, we do not want to get infected with SARS-CoV-2. Therefore, we wish that participants are vaccinated and do a quick test before the event in case there are any suspect for possible infection. You can do quick test also just before the lectures, if you arrive early, latest 13:45. We will provide FFP2 masks for participants to be used during lectures and panel discussion. Discussions in cafeteria will be in small groups and therefore the infection risk is low.


Organized and funded by the Brain Research Society of Finland and Suomalainen Tiedeakatemia

Registration here (Max 75 participants)!