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Lake Conference – Comparative and Evolutionary Neurobiology


Join the Allen Institute and Circuit Neuroscience Basel for the Lake Conference in Seattle, Washington this October. This interactive and intimate conference will bring together leaders and top researchers in Comparative and Evolutionary Neurobiology for engaging presentations, discussions and networking.

The 3.5 day forum will focus on discussing emerging technologies, topics, and views in the use of comparative and evolutionary strategies to understand human brain cellular and circuit function.

Applications are due by June 21, 2024.

Oct 20 - 24, 2024

Hyatt Regency Lake Washington at Seattle's Southport


Graduate, Postdocs, Scientists

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What are Lake Conferences?

Lake Conferences are a new series of four bi-annual conferences designed to provide a stimulating forum for discussion of key emerging areas of neuroscience.

The conferences are medium-sized, 100-150 participants, to allow for lively participation and conversation among attendees.

Two conferences will take place in 2024:

  • “Neurobiology of Mental Health” hosted in Thun, Switzerland, May 12-16
  • “Comparative & Evolutionary Neurobiology” hosted in Seattle, WA October 20-24

The scientific program will include about 30 talks by invited speakers, short talks selected from participant abstracts, and two poster sessions. The conference will address remarkable new technologies, resources, and tools for understanding conserved and species-specialized cellular and circuit makeup of the adult and developing brain across mammalian species.  Focused themes will explore comparative analyses of functional systems underlying motor control, language, visual and basal ganglia circuitry, and comparative genomics identifying conserved and human lineage-specific genomic changes that could impact brain circuit function and disease.




Application Details

We invite applicants at all career stages to apply to attend. In addition to speaker presentations, we will feature a number of short talks and posters from accepted applicants. Applications are due by June 21, 2024.

All applicants will be notified of the decision on their applications in July.


Registration Cost

The conference registration fee is $650 USD for a general ticket and $550 for students, to be paid only by accepted applicants after notification. Application is free. Registration includes:

  • Three days of conference sessions
  • Welcome reception (Sunday, 10/20) & evening event (Wednesday, 10/23)
  • All meals during the conference

Please contact with questions.


The conference will take place at the Hyatt Regency Lake Washington hotel in Renton, WA. Located on the south shores of Lake Washington, the Hyatt Regency combines modern meeting spaces and guest rooms with unparalleled access to the beauty of the Pacific Northwest.

The hotel is a convenient 10 minutes from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and just 20 minutes from downtown Seattle. The hotel can be reached by public transport, taxis, sea plane and kayak!

Accepted applicants will receive additional travel and accommodation details in advance of the event.

Speaker Details

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