October 24-27, 2023
Lisbon, Portugal

This year’s symposium aims to foster the discussion of how internal states, such as hunger, thirst, and emotion are generated and regulated by the brain, and how they interact with the body and the external world to drive behaviour. The symposium will cover a wide range of topics, including the neurobiology of self-awareness, the role of cognitive maps in navigation, and the gut-brain axis in regulating behaviour. The talks will span multiple species, from humans to mice and insects, and will cover a variety of techniques, including electrophysiology, neuroimaging, and molecular biology, providing a forum for researchers to share their latest findings and discuss emerging themes in the field. 

By bringing together a diverse range of experts, #CRSy23 aims to deepen the understanding of how the brain generates and regulates internal states, and to identify new avenues for research, collaboration and application.

#CRSy23 will take the form of a single-track scientific meeting with internationally renowned speakers, talks selected from abstracts and 2 poster sessions, among other networking and social activities. The hybrid format will give delegates the option to attend and present their work either in-person or online.

The Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown (CCU) in Lisbon, Portugal, is expected to receive researchers from all over the world for 3 days at a venue with unique and remarkable features that we are certain will foster a lively and stimulating scientific meeting.

The Symposium Chairs,

Albino Oliveira-Maia
Marta Moita
Zachary Mainen

Meet the speakers




Inaugurated on October 5th 2010, the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown is now a part of the important riverside area of Belém, near the magnificent Tower of Belém. This area, where the river Tejo meets the Atlantic Ocean, is of great historical significance as the great Portuguese pioneers sailed from this location to discover the “unknown” in the XV and XVI centuries.

The presence of the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown leverages this historical heritage by creating an inspirational link between the discoveries of yesteryear and the epic adventure of scientific research. Here, everything converges in the creation of a unique atmosphere for the development of the most advanced multidisciplinary and translational research in the field of biomedicine. The building’s contemporary architecture, along with its functionality, offers outstanding conditions to investigators, academics and health professionals, from Portugal and beyond, to carry out work oriented towards excellence and practical results.

The Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown covers an area of 60,000m2 facing the river Tejo and comprises three large areas. The main building houses the Champalimaud Clinical Centre’s diagnostic and treatment facilities, an indoor garden, research laboratories and administrative services, all interlinked to promote discussion and collaboration between scientists, clinicians and other professionals. A tropical pergola-covered garden is at the heart of this structure.

The Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown is a state-of-the-art facility for science, medicine, technology and public use.