Since 1984, the CNLM has hosted an annual scientific conference in the spring to discuss recent advances in the field and launch new collaborations and synergies. The conferences include several themed symposia, short presentations by trainees, panel discussions, and keynote lectures. It is a crucial scientific development opportunity for students and postdocs as well as a faculty. Attendance is by invitation only (except for the triennial international conference – see 2018 below), and the program is developed by a committee of CNLM faculty fellows, including external fellows. The conferences are highly renowned for their intellectual atmosphere, use of the 50/50 discussion rule, and the special edited volumes that result from them. Typical attendance at the annual conference is between 100-120 attendees. Attendance at the 2018 meeting exceeded 1,000 scientists.
2021 Spring Conference
Memory: It's About Time
May 27 & 28, 2021
Aaron Bornstein and Lulu Chen
Memories are the record of our experiences, but they also shape them. We now know that memory recall is a fundamentally constructive process, reassembling multiple views of past experience to interpret the present and imagine the future. The three symposia for this year's Learning and Memory meeting will examine recent and ongoing research building this new, dynamic, multi-scale understanding of memory. The first," Connections and Components," will investigate the ways in which neural circuits are "hard-wired" to encode certain features of experience and what this means for how and what we remember. The second, "Construction and Formation," will examine the fundamental building blocks of memories as they are encoded and reshaped by later experience. The third, "Sequences and Structures," will discuss how memories link together to reflect the regularities of the world around us. Discussion sections will synthesize the findings we've learned about and sketch out new directions for memory research in the years ahead, including implications for neurological disease.