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Scientific Conferences

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. 

Upcoming Conference

2020 Spring Conference 

Memory: It's About Time

May 14-15, 2020
Irvine, CA

Program Chairs:
Aaron Bornstein and Lulu Chen

Due to recent COVID-19 outbreaks and concern about the safety of conference attendees, as well as widespread bans on nonessential travel, both domestic and international, we have decided to postpone the CNLM spring meeting to a date to be determined. The scientific program is unchanged but new dates will be announced soon. Please stay tuned. 


Memories are the record of our experiences, but they also shape them. Memory 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 research building this new, dynamic, multi-scale understanding of memory. The first, “Construction and Formation,” will examine the fundamental building blocks of memories as they are encoded and reshaped by later experience. The second, “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 third, "Sequences and Structures," will discuss how memories link together to reflect the regularities of the world around us. A final discussion section 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.

Past Conferences

2019 - New Directions in Memory: Modulation, Mapping, and Machines

2018 - The International Conference on Learning & Memory: LEARNMEM™2018

2017 - The Persistence of Memory

2016 - Guts, Brains and Memory Dynamics

2015 - Frontiers in Memory Research: Sex, Inhibition, and Engrams

2014 - From Models to Neural Circuits to Behavior: What Does Pattern Separation Have to do With Memory?