Public Events

In addition to the plentiful learning opportunities, Neuroscience 2013 included public sessions highlighting the intersection of science and society.

Dialogues Between Neuroscience and Society

Ed Catmull

The Creative Culture

Speaker: Ed Catmull, PhD
Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios
Support contributed by Elsevier
Date & Time: November 9, 2013, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Ed Catmull, president of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, spoke about creativity at Neuroscience 2013. Catmull has been at the center of fostering collaborations across artistic and technological disciplines, and has overseen innovative endeavors for more than three decades. Catmull discussed issues central to uncovering genius, including removing hidden barriers to creativity and candor.  Watch the video »

Special Presentation

Understanding New Brain Initiatives in the U.S. and Europe

Speakers: Thomas Insel, MD; Story C. Landis, PhD; Geoffrey Ling, MD, PhD; Cora Marrett, PhD; Daniel Pasini, PhD
Date & Time: November 11, 2013, 1:15-3 p.m.

The great potential for development of new tools and applications across the field exist with the BRAIN Initiative in the U.S. and the European Commission's Human Brain Project. Global leaders at Neuroscience 2013 discussed how the initiatives are progressing and how they might affect the future of the field.  Watch the video »

Public Advocacy Forum

Policy Implications for the Science of Aging and End of Life

Organizer/Moderator: Anne Young, MD, PhD
Date & Time: November 12, 2013, 3-5 p.m.

As the global population is living longer, the proportion of older people in the population is increasing. With aging comes a host of unique issues with profound implications, including the toll of chronic conditions such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and more. How can scientific research inform policies and how can the scientific community develop advocacy strategies that highlight these challenges?  Watch the video »

Fred Kavli Public Symposium


Chair: Antonio Damasio, PhD, University of Southern California
Support contributed by The Kavli Foundation
Date & Time: November 9, 2013, 1:30-4 p.m.

Creativity is one of the defining traits of humanity. It manifests itself in the organization of social systems (e.g. moral, political, and economic), in the arts (from music, painting, and theater to literature and film), and in all manner of inventions (from scientific explanations and technical instruments to complex engineered systems). How does the brain work to produce such extraordinary results? Two neuroscientists, a composer (and a piano), a visual artist, and an inventor/scientist/engineer discussed the neuroscience of creativity.

All presentations at Neuroscience 2013 reflect the views of the individual speakers and do not represent those of the Society for Neuroscience or any of its supporters.