Max Planck NeuroMEETS

Max Planck NeuroMEETS:
Neuroscience Meetings for Extramural Emerging TalentS

MPFI is pleased to announce Max Planck NeuroMEETS. This new seminar series will highlight neuroscience research from talented extramural trainees (postdocs and graduate students). Speakers will be invited to give a seminar at MPFI to share their innovative research and will have the opportunity to meet with our faculty members, students, and postdocs for feedback, discussion, and networking.

Interested postdoctoral scholars and graduate students should submit their applications by the stated deadline below to be considered as speakers. Four postdocs and four graduate students will be selected by the evaluation committee and invited for an in-person or virtual (if preferred) visit. Invited speakers will be provided travel and lodging to MPFI in Jupiter, FL where they will give an hour-long seminar and spend the day interacting with our neuroscience community.

The Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience (MPFI), a nonprofit research organization, is part of the world-renowned Max Planck Society, Germany’s most successful research organization with over 80 institutes worldwide. MPFI brings together exceptional neuroscientists from around the world to answer fundamental questions about brain development and function and to develop new technologies that make groundbreaking scientific discoveries possible. Our campus consists of a rich neuroscience community that includes UF Scripps Biomedical Research, and Florida Atlantic University. Learn more about our campus.

Application Process

The application window for the 2022-2023 Max Planck NeuroMEETS series is now closed. Applications for 2023-2024 series will open in March.


The following materials are required for application:

  • Current CV
  • Research Seminar Title
  • Research abstract: Describe current research, emphasizing research innovation and impact. Future goals should also be briefly described. The format is flexible but should be limited to one page. Figures can be included.


MPFI recognizes that our greatest achievements are often derived from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. We are committed to the promotion of inclusion; to raising up traditionally marginalized communities, and to the celebration of the differences that make us unique. We encourage applications from all scientists regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, genetic information, disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, medical condition, or any other facet of diversity.

Deadline to Apply

Postdocs: August 1, 2023. Selected postdocs will be invited in the fall of 2023.

Graduate Students: December 15, 2023. Selected graduate students will be invited in the spring of 2024.

Selection Committee

Salil Bidaye, Ph.D.

Research Group Leader

McLean Bolton,  Ph.D.

Research Group Leader

Maria Olvera Caltzontzin, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

David Fitzpatrick, Ph.D.

Chief Scientific Director and C.E.O.

Raphael Heldman

Ph.D. Student

Roberto Hernandez

Ph.D. Student

Hidehiko Inagaki, Ph.D.

Research Group Leader

Akshay Naraine

Ph.D. Student

Vidhya Rangaraju, Ph.D.

Research Group Leader

Madineh Sarvestani, Ph.D.

Research Fellow

Sarah Stern, Ph.D.

Research Group Leader

Yingxue Wang, Ph.D.

Research Group Leader

Zidan Yang

Ph.D. Student


Lesley Colgan, Ph.D.
Office of Scientific Communications


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