UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology


The ICM/ION Conference 24-26 October 2018 (Paris)

26 November 2018

This is a student led conference organised in partnership between London and Paris, initiated to bring together young neuroscientists from the Institute of the Brain & Spinal Cord (Institut du Cerveau et de la Moelle Epiniere – ICM, Paris) and the IoN

ICM-ION group

The Conference aims to promote the creation of new research collaborations & the strengthening of existing links. In March 2018 a delegation of 50 early career researchers from ICM visited Queen Square for the first meeting of minds, which was a great success.

The return visit to Paris this year saw more than 100 participants (PhD, Post-Docs and PIs) presenting the wide range of the research done in both institutes through 3 days of talks, posters and workshops. This year also included an extra-scientific panel session, proposed by Dr. Marie-Claude Potier (ICM) and Dr. Steve Fleming (IoN) on the theme of ‘Growing up in Science: Gender in Science’. Several new collaborations between and within the institutes have been prompted by the meeting, which will hopefully be very fruitful.

The organising team would like to thank all the early career researchers from IoN and ICL who presented their work at the conference.

A special note of thanks as well to the PI's who took part: Prof. Tom Warner (IoN); Prof. John Hardy (IoN); Prof. Dimitri Kullman (IoN); Dr. Steve Fleming (IoN); Prof. Alexis Brice (ICM); Dr. Marie-Claude Potier (ICM); Dr. Mathias Pessiglione (ICM). As well as Dr. Christiane Schreiweis (ICM) and Prof. Nick Wood (IoN) for their participation in the extra-scientific discussion.

Queen Square Institute of Neurology organising team:

Lea R’Bibo, PhD researcher, Department of Clinical and Movement Neuroscience and Neurodegeneration Biology Laboratory, Francis Crick Institute; Jacqueline Casey, PhD researcher, Department of Neurodegenerative Disease; Claudia Cannavo, PhD researcher, Department of Neuromuscular Diseases and Department of Neurodegenerative Disease; Charlotte Kremers, Department of Neuromuscular Diseases; Janneke van Leeuwen, PhD researcher, Department of Neurodegenerative Disease.

Institut du Cerveau et de la Moelle épinière organising team:

Jean-Baptiste Huré, PhD researcher, Team 'Oligodendrocytes and neurovascular interactions'; Lindsay Rondot, PhD researcher, Department of Cognitive Neuroscience; Dr. Morwena Latouche, Principal investigator, Team 'Molecular basis, physiopathology and treatment of neurodegenerative diseases'.


gender science panel
"Growing up in Science: Gender in Science": Dr Christiane Schreiweis, Dr. Marie-Claude Potier, Dr. Steve Fleming, Prof Nick Wood

poster session
Poster session at the ICM/ION Conference 2018



Participants experience was overall very positive with most (93.5%) looking forward to participate in similar meetings in the future with 97% of participants having a positive overall experience of the meeting. Most participants (75-95%) estimated that the sessions of talks and poster were appropriate in organisation, timing and content. The extra-scientific conversation was considered as interesting by most respondents, and prompted a good conversation during and after the session itself (32 respondents). The workshops were rated highly on their educational value with all respondents reporting having learned something from it, 82.2% of respondents indicated they will consider or definitely reuse the methods presented in the workshops, in collaboration with the ICM researchers who organised them.

Overall Comments from participants:

“I really appreciated the opportunity to create new collaborations between the ICM and the IoN as there are several groups who have parallel projects at IoN.”
“Excellent organisation and it was a superb learning experience, thank you!”
“It was an amazing experience, one of the best of my time at IoN and I'm so glad I went for it!”
“I had a really great time, and learned alot about work going on at ICM, but also from other ION students"

Extrascientific Session Comments from participants:

“This session was very useful. Much more valuable than originally expected.”
“I loved this session! It was great to hear scientists talking about the things which matter most, but which are never spoken about."
“I really enjoyed the open based discussion, I would definitely attend a similar session again"
“It was very valuable because researchers shared their personal experience/anecdotes.”
“Really great and informative.”


Institute of the Brain & Spinal Cord (Institut du Cerveau et de la Moelle Epiniere – ICM, Paris)