ISN Schools Initiative

School Support


The ISN Schools Initiative Committee provides financial support for the organisation of international neurochemistry schools worldwide, with a special focus on schools in emerging nations and regions. ISN schools have the purpose of providing an environment in which to enhance technological experience, gain knowledge on the latest developments in neurochemistry, and foster interactions among scientists worldwide with the aim of increasing scientific exchange, collaborative research and training opportunities.

Members and the Chair of the ISN Schools Committee (the committee) are appointed by ISN Council to serve an initial term of two years with the possibility of renewal. The members of the committee represent all geographical regions. The committee reviews and recommends proposals for funding, and evaluates the final reports.

Application Deadlines

Deadline: April 31 & October 31

Eligibility and Deadlines

Applicants MUST be active members of the ISN. Only members who have renewed their membership for the respective year are eligible to apply for and to receive financial support through the ISN Schools Initiative.

Applications have to be made by using the application form which is available from the Chair of the ISN Schools Initiative Committee. The application requires:

  1. A short description of the school including its goals, the target student population, the geographical distribution of the student population, the student selection process, a syllabus outline, and facilities and other resources available to the school.
  2. A list of the faculty, including the following information (institutional affiliation and research area) and their role in the school.
  3. A description of the means to transport and house students and faculty; justification is needed if faculty and students are not housed at the same hotel or accommodation venue
  4. A detailed budget including other sources of funds that are available or planned; the budget may not include honoraria or business class airplane tickets, nor other expenses that derive from other scientific events, temporally associated with the proposed School
  5. Written approval to hold an ISN School from the Institution hosting the ISN School (if relevant).

Applicants are responsible for the planning, implementation, financial management of the school as outlined in the approved proposal, and for the final reporting upon completion of the school.

School Theme and Organization

An ISN School should focus on an area of neurochemistry considered in its broadest cellular, molecular and clinical context within neuroscience.

The program of an ISN School should be designed to suit the skill levels of the respective student population. Topics may be quite basic to allow the training of relatively inexperienced neuroscientists or of high contemporary relevance to provide updates on the latest developments in neurochemistry. ISN Schools may consist of formal lectures or hands-on laboratory-based training, or a combination of both. Active participation of attendees in form of student presentations should be included as part of the program.

Clear and convincing justification for the financial support requested from ISN has to be made in the application and in the proposed budget of the school. The ISN will grant financial support for a school up to a maximal amount of USD 35,000 on a competitive base.

Once a school proposal is approved, the ISN Treasurer will make 80% of the funding available in advance. The remaining 20% will be paid once the final report has been received from the organizers and approved by the Schools Committee.

Schools funded through the ISN’s Schools Initiative are to be designated ISN Schools. ISN’s financial support has to be acknowledged in the school documents and the ISN’s logo shown in the school materials and announcements. In addition, information on ISN and on the benefits of an ISN membership has to be given as a presentation at the supported school.

It is anticipated that the school organisers will assist the ISN in collecting data on the outcome of the school including follow-up on the attendees’ career development of attendees.

Click here to access the application form. 

Inquiries and formal applications should be sent by Email to:
Prof. Ago Rinken (ISN Schools Initiative Chair)
Institute of Chemistry, University of Tartu


Can I contact the chair of the ISN Schools Initiative before sending a full application?

Applicants are encouraged to reach out to the chair of the ISN Schools Initiative with any questions they may have regarding the application process and the information details to be included in the application.

Can I include invited speakers as part of an ISN Schools Initiative supported program?

Invited speakers can be included as part of an ISN School program; however, these speakers are expected to actively contribute to the school’s teaching and training mission.

Is confirmation of participation of all faculty/instructors and invited speakers needed at the time of submission?

For a successful application, it is expected that participating faculty and speakers have agreed to participate in the program as outlined in the application.

Is a lecture only program acceptable for an ISN Schools Initiative sponsored School?

ISN Schools Initiative sponsored Schools are expected to include as a major component student training. This training can be provided through practical hands-on sessions, interactive small group discussions, guided student presentations and similar activities involving dynamic student participation.

Do I need to provide a detailed and itemized budget at the time of submission?

Yes, all applications need to include a detailed budget with justification for all budget items. 

Do I need some type of documentation of commitment from the institution at which I am planning to hold an ISN Schools Initiative sponsored School

For all applications, documentation of availability of all facilities planned to be used, such as lecture halls and laboratories, as well as of proposed accommodation/housing is expected to be included.


ISN School Initiative Reports 2023

Tunisia: 4th ISN-Tunisian Neuroscience school on Neurological Disorders related to Environmental Toxicants: a focus on Neurochemical and Behavioral aspects
Date: April 21th-27th, 2024
Location: University of Sfax – Faculty of Sciences of Sfax, Tunisia
Organizer: Hamadi Fetoui

India: ISN-MLSU First Neurochemistry School
Date: Feb 4 to 10, 2024
Location: Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Mohanlal Sukhadia University, Udaipur-313001 Rajasthan, India
Organizer: Vivek Jain

Greece: “Neurodegeneration, Inflammation, and Cancer”
Date: June 2-9, 2024
Location: Biomedical Research Foundation of the Academy of Athens, Athens, Greece
Organizer: Dimitra Mangoura

Nigerial: ISN Neuroscience School, UNIMED, Ondo: Gene-environment interactions in neurological disorders: a contemporary update
Date: 11 – 16 August 2024.
Location: Ondo, Nigeria
Organizer: Omamuyovwi Meashack Ijomone

Portugal: ESN-ISN Neurochemistry School: Targeting molecular mechanisms underlying
neurodegeneration: focus on advanced therapies
Date: 29th of October to the 4th of November 2023
Location: Algarve Biomedical Center Research Institute, ABC-RI Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, FMCB University of Algarve, Portugal

Argentina: From Molecules to Systems: Modern Neurobiology at a Glance
Date: August 26th to September 7th, 2024.
Location: (IHEM Faculty of Medical Sciences, Cuyo National University), Mendoza, Argentina.
Organizer: Cristian Acosta

Morocco: ISN/IBRO Joined School on Basal Ganglia and movement Disorder
Date: September 16-28, 2024
Location: ACATN of the Faculty of Science of Rabat
Organizer: Nouria Lakhdar-Ghazal

South Korea: Emerging neurotechnology for basic and applied neuroscience
Date: October 10-14, 2024.
Location: Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST), Building E8, Daegu, South Korea
Organizer: Itsuki Ajioka

ISN School Initiative Reports 2022

Serbia: “Behavorial, cellular and neurochemical approach in studying neurodegenerative disorders
Date: July 24th – 30th
Location: Petnica, Valjevo, Serbia – University of Belgrade
Organizer: Milorad Dragic



Nigeria: ISN School of Basic Neurosciences “Neuroinflammation and Neuroimmunology: The two facet of the coin
Date: 26th August – 2nd September, 2023
Location: Akure, Nigeria
Organizer: Dr. S. A. Adefegha


Mexico: Molecular and cellular mechanisms of sensory transduction
Date: 8 – 14 October 2023
Location: Instituto de Fisiología Celular at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (IFC-UNAM). Mexico City.
Organizer: Enoch Luiz

Portugal: ESN-ISN Neurochemistry School: Targeting molecular mechanisms underlying
neurodegeneration: focus on advanced therapies
Date: 29th of October to the 4th of November 2023
Location: Algarve Biomedical Center Research Institute, ABC-RI Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, FMCB University of Algarve, Portugal

ISN School Initiative Reports 2020

Argentina: “ISN School on Miniaturized Fluoresence Microscopy
Date: 12-15 December, 2022
Location: Buenos Aires
Organizer: Maria Soledad Esposito



Date: 12-15 December, 2022
Location: Univeristy of Madrid, Spain
Organizer: Ismael Galve Roperh


Greece: “1st ESN-ISN Advanced School BRFAA From Neurodegeneration to Neural Carcinogenesis: Mechanisms and Common Biologies
Date: September 19-September 25, 2021
Location: Athens, Greece
Organizer: Dimitra Mangoura


ISN School Initiative Reports 2019

TUNISIA: “The 1st joined ISN /IBRO Tunisia Neuroscience School: From basic brain functions to neurodegenerative diseases
Date: November 24th – December 1st, 2019
Location: Faculty of Sciences of Sfax, Tunisia
Organizer: Dr. Brahim Gargouri



NIGERIA: ISN School of Neuroscience
Date: 20-26 October 2019
Location: Akure, Nigeria
Organizers: Profs Ganiyu Oboh and Omanuyovwi Ijomone


ISN School of Neurobiology
Date: 26th August – 6th September 2019
“From Molecules to Systems: Modern Neurobiology at a Glance”
Location: Mendoza, Argentina
Organizers: Dr. Cristian Acosta

Report  & Picture

ISN School Initiative Reports 2017

NIGERIA: IBADAN 2017 Neurochemistry School: ”Phytochemical Research For Neurological Therapy”
Date: 5-1 February, 2017
Location: Ibadan, Nigeria
Organizer: Prof. James Olopade

Report & Pictures

EGYPT: Neurogenetics from animal models to precision medicine
Date: 1-4 May 2017
Location: Cairo, Egypt
Organizer: Dr. Mohamed Salama

Report & Pictures

UGANDA: The 10th Tools for Teaching Neuroscience Workshop
Date: 5-10 June 2017
Location: Entebbe, Uganda
Organizer: Dr. Sharon L. Juliano

Report & Pictures

URUGUAY: 4th ISN Latin American School of Advanced Neurochemistry: Brain pathologies and natural products
Date: 16-28 October 2017
Location: Montevideo, Uruguay
Organizer: Dr. Federico Dajas and Dr. Cecilia Scorza

Report & Pictures

ARGENTINA: From Molecules to Systems: Modern Neurobiology at a GlanceInjury and Repair Mechanisms in the Nervous System
Date: 28 August – 8 September 2017
Location: Mendoza, Argentina
Organizer: Dr. Cristian Acosta

Report & Pictures

JAPAN: APSN-ISN-JSN Advanced School “Novel Dimensions in Neurochemical Research; from molecular biology to brain imagin’
Date: 2-6 September 2017
Location: Sendai, Japan
Organizer: Prof. Kohji Fukunaga

Report and Pictures

NIGERIA: ISN School on Insect Neuroscience and Neurogenetics. A focus on cutting-edge affordable science
Date: Nov 13 to Dec 3, 2017
Location: the Gombe State University, Nigeria
Organizer: Dr. Lucia Prieto Godino


ISN School Initiative Reports 2016

TANZANIA: Insect Neuroscience and Drosophila Neurogenetics
Date: October 24 – November 13, 2016
Location: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Organizer: Dr. Lucia Prieto Godino

Report & Pictures


UGANDA: The 9th Tools for Teaching Neuroscience Workshop
Date: 20-25 September 2016
Location: Kampala, Uganda
Organizer: Dr. Sharon L. Juliano

Report & Pictures


MALAYSIA: The APSN-ISN Neuroscience School 2016: “Basic
Techniques in In Vitro Neural Differentiation From Stem Cells”

Date: 22 – 26 August 2016
Location: Selangor, Malaysia
Organizer: Dr. Pike See Cheah

Report & Pictures

ISN School Initiative Reports 2015

URUGUAY: “The ISN School on Molecular and Cell Biology to Unravel the Physiology/Pathology of Diverse Neuroscience Paradigms”

Date: 14-22 November, 2015
Location: Montevideo, Uruguay
Organizer: Dr. Jose Roberto Sotelo

Please read a Full Report & Pictures


ETHIOPIA: “The 8th Tools for Teaching Neuroscience Workshop”

Date: 19-24 September 2015
Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Organizer: Dr. Sharon L. Juliano

Please read a Full Report & Pictures 


ARGENTINA: “From Molecules to Systems: Modern Neurobiology at a Glance”

Date: 31st August–11th September 2015, 2015
Location: Mendoza, Argentina
Organizer: Dr. Cristian Acosta

Please read a Full Report & Pictures


TANZANIA: “Insect Neuroscience and Drosophila Neurogenetics. A focus on cutting-edge affordable science”.

Date: August 17–September 5, 2015

Location: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania 
Organizer: Dr. Lucia Prieto Godino

Please read a Full Report & Pictures.


KOREA: 2015 IBRO/ISN Joint Advanced School – Report

Date: 14-20 September 2015
Location: Daegu, Korea


SOUTH AFRICA: IBRO/UNESCO/ISN/NRF Postgraduate Neuroscience School 
”Sleep and Circadian Rhythms”

Date: March 19-25, 2015

Location: Drankensburg Mountains 
Organizer: Prof. Paul R. Manger

Please read a Full Report & Pictures

ISN School Initiative Reports 2014

AFRICA: Behavioral Bioassays in Neuroscience: Brain and Behavior from
Invertebrates to Small Mammals

Date: December 4‐13,2014

Location: Nairobi, Kenya 
 Nilesh B. Patel


Please read a Full Report & Pictures


URUGUAY: 3rd ISN Latin American School of Advanced Neurochemistry

Date: November 24 – December 4, 2014
Location: Montevideo, Uruguay
Organizer: Dr. F. Dajas

Please read a Full Report & Pictures

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TAIWAN: ISN-APSN Advanced SchoolISN-APSN Advanced School 
”Neuroimaging as a contemporary adjunct to neurochemistry”

Date: August 18-22, 2014
Location: Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Organizer: Samuel H.H. Chan (Chair, Local Organizing Committee)

The ISN-APSN Advanced School (Kaohsiung, Taiwan 2014) was formally approved by
the ISN Schools Initiative Committee in an e-mail from the Committee Chair, Dr. Dimitra Mangoura dated June 13, 2014. The Advanced School was held on August 18-22, 2014,
in conjunction with the 12th Meeting of APSN (August 23-26, 2014).

Please read Full Report & Pictures


AFRICA: IBRO-ISN-FOCP Specialized African Neuroscience School On ”Neurobiology of Adaptations to Environment”

Date: June 18-24, 2014

Location: Dakhla, Morocco

Organizer: Dr. Khalid El Allali

Focus on African Biotopes – Report 

ISN School Initiative Reports 2012/2013

Reports 2013

Africa – 36th IBRO African Region Neuroscience School – Report Pictures

2-7 December, 2013

Organizer: Adesola Ogunniyi


Europe – ISN/FENS School 2013 – Report 
24-28 September 2013
Orthodox Academy of Crete, Kolymbari, Crete, Greece
Organiser: Antonis Stamatakis


Reports 2012

Europe – FENS “New Approaches in Glial Cell Research”, Barcelona, Spain – Report

10-13 July, 2012

Organizer: Dr. Tina Garcia


Americas – LASAN “The synapse in health and disease”, Buenos Aires, Argentina

10-14 September, 2012

Organizer: Dr. Dajas & Barrantes


Asia-Pacific – APSN “Neurochemical basis of neurodegeneration, regeneration and neuroplasticity”, Osaka, Japan – Report

24-29 September, 2012

Organizer: Dr. Akio Wanaka

ISN School Initiative Reports 2010/2011

Reports 2011

Africa – IBRO “Neurodegenerative disease and addiction”, Fez, Morocco

29 October – 05 November, 2011

Organizer: Dr. Nouria Lakhdar-Ghazal


Asia-Pacific – APSN “Pain: Neurochemical electrophysiological and behavioral correlates”, Xian, China

13-17  February, 2011

Organizer: Dr. Jun Chen


Americas – “Early sensory-motor integration: from cellular to system level”, Montevideo, Uruguay

03-07 September, 2011

Organizer: Dr. Raul Russo



Reports 2010

ISN/APSN/TNS/IBRO/ School on “Drug Addiction”, Bangkok, Thailand – Picture
11-15 October, 2010
Center of Neuroscience, Faculty of Medicine, Mahidol University
Organizers: Professor Piyarat Govitrapong, Director, Centre for Neuroscience,
Mahidol University and the Thai Neuroscience Society (TNS) – Report

ISN School “Lipidomics in the nervous system cells”, Catania, Italy – Picture
17-21 May 2010
Grand Hotel, Acitrezza, Catania
Organizers: Professor Mario Alberghina, University of Catania, and Professors Sandro Sonnino and Alessandro Prinetti, University of Milan, Italy – Report

ISN School Initiative Reports 2008/2009

Reports 2009

ISN – IBRO Neuroscience School, Fayoum, Egypt. December 2-7, 2009
Organizers: Simon Heales (UK) Roger Butterworth (Canada) Raj Kalaria (Kenya & UK)

Held from December 2-7, the School focused upon neuronal cell death mechanisms in a range of disorders including neurodegenerative diseases (Alzheimers, Parkinsons, ALS), stroke, and metabolic CNS disorders.
Morning sessions were made up of formal 30 min. lectures and discussions of key topics (apoptosis, necrosis, animal models, neuroprotective strategies) and afternoons were spent in the laboratory facilities (Fayoum University) with laboratory sessions dedicated to basic neuropathology, cell counting, immunohistochemistry, and animal behavior techniques. A total of 31 students were enrolled in the school from 8 African countries. Teaching faculty included Dr. Abdul Mohammed (Kenya & Sweden), Dr. Marina Bentovoglio (Italy), Dr. Vivienne Russell (S. Africa), Dr. Tharcisse Kayenbe (Congo), Dr Howard Cooper (France), Dr Samir Ahboucha (Morocco), in addition to the school organizers.
Following the school, all faculty and students attended the meeting of the Society of Neuroscientists of Africa (SONA) in Sharm-el-Sheikh, Egypt. Funding for the transfer to Sharm-el-Sheikh was provided by SONA and Fayoum University.

1st ISN Latin American School of Advanced Neurochemistry, March 23-30, 2009
“In vitro and in vivo neurochemical approaches applied to the study
of neurodegeneration”,
Directors: Dr. Luis Barbeito, Dr. Federico Dajas

Reports 2008

Joint IBRO-ISN African School on Chronobiology, October 20-27, 2008
“Brain and Clocks: Neurochemical, pharmacological and therapeutic approaches”
Ouarzazate, Morocco
School coordinator: Professor Nouria Lakhdar-Ghazal

ISN/APSN/IBRO School, June 16-21, 2008
School of Pharmacy, Fudan University, No. 130 Dong’an Road,
Student Lab, Level 1, Building No. 5 (West Campus),
Shanghai 200032, China.
ISN/APSN/IBRO School Chair, Dr Alfreda Stadlin.

ISN-APSN-SNCI sponsored workshop, Jan 7-16, 2008
“Modern Neurochemical techniques to understand brain functions”
NIMHANS and NCBS, Bangalore
Organizing Secretary: Dr. M. N. Subhash