Mind the Brain symposium 2020

Mind the Brain is an annual initiative from the Utrecht University to connect science with society and businesses in the field of neuroscience. Students of the Neuroscience and Cognition Master’s program have the opportunity to organize this two-day event, aiming to connect science with society and businesses. This year, due to the Covid-19 situation, we decided on an online format of the symposium. 


The theme of the 16th edition of the symposium is ‘Eat Your Brain Out’. This theme highlighted the interesting connection between gut-microbiota and brain functioning. Increasing evidence indicates that dietary factors influence neuronal function through the gut microbiome. This gut-brain axis is suggested as a potential role for influencing cognitive processes and emotions. The symposium this year attracted over 200 visitors on both days. We invited four internationally renowned scientists from the interdisciplinary field to contribute a keynote lecture. Highlighting the gut as a “second brain”, left visitors with ‘food for thought’. 


Besides the keynote lectures, fellow Master students had the opportunity to present their research. At the end of both days, we organized workshops to develop personal skills. 


We believe the first online Mind the Brain symposium was a success! A big thank you to all the speakers, workshop givers, students and visitors. We hope to see you again in 2021!

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