October 13-15, 2021
Lisbon, Portugal

The 2021 Champalimaud Research Symposium (CRS21) focuses on the interface of neuroscience, artificial intelligence and machine learning with the main goal of starting an interdisciplinary conversation about the deep conceptual problems that emerge when trying to understand how intelligent behavior is produced in animals and machines.

The topic will be highlighted from different angles to promote a worthwhile cross-talk between experimental and computational researchers.

The CRS21 takes form as a single-track scientific meeting with 23 invited speakers, talks selected from abstracts and 2 poster sessions in a hybrid edition, giving delegates the option to attend and present their work either in-person or online.
We are delighted that Professor Manuela Veloso (Carnegie Mellon University), Professor Jim DiCarlo (MIT McGovern Institute) and Professor Anthony Zador (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory) kindly agreed to be our keynote lecturers, heading a diverse list of distinguished speakers.

The Symposium will be held at our Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown (CCU) on the waterfront in central Lisbon. We expect that the unique venue, together with an exciting list of invited speakers, will foster a lively and stimulating scientific meeting.

The Symposium Chairs,

Joe Paton & Leopoldo Petreanu, Champalimaud Research
Jakob Macke, University of Tübingen

Meet the Speakers


You can also apply for a selected talk by submitting your work till July 23. See how in Abstracts & Awards︎


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.