Shigeru Kitazawa, M.D., Ph.D.
The 43rd Annual Meeting of the Japan Neuroscience Society
（Graduate School of Frontier Biosciences, Osaka University）
We are pleased to announce that the 43rd Annual meeting in 2020 will be held from July 29th (Wed) to August 1st (Sat) at Kobe International Conference Center.
We raised “Theories of the brain” as the theme of the meeting. We chose “theories”, instead of “the theory”, because neuroscience is multidisciplinary. The scope of neuroscience ranges from molecular, cellular, local circuits, to the whole brain network. Functions of interest range from sensation, movement, to higher cognitive functions like consciousness. Methodologies involve those of molecular biology, psychology, physiology, mathematical sciences, and etc. Neuroscience is an ever-developing field that absorbs any methodologies of use: applications of optogenetics. iPS (induced pluripotent stem) cells, and artificial neural networks are among recent examples. No other field of science compares to neuroscience in its breadths, widths, and diversities.
The day will come when we acknowledge “the theory” of the brain. However, at present, let’s enjoy and energize the diversities that the “theories” of the brain bring about. The emblem of the meeting, which incorporated a traditional Japanese checker pattern, symbolizes the process of the multi-disciplinary “theories” revealing multi-dimensional shapes of the brain.
As neuroscience is open to any methodologies of science, this meeting is open to anybody who is involved in neuroscience. We are dedicated to providing a comfortable and harassment-free meeting experience for everyone, regardless of gender, disability, race, age, nationality, or whatever. The 43rd meeting happens to be held during the period of the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020. As athletes from the five continents get together in the Olympic Games, I do hope that neuroscientists around the world come and join the meeting at Kobe.
Let’s come together and enjoy neuroscience in Kobe!