From Neuroscience to the Classroom

Symposium at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study (SCAS), Uppsala

5 - 6 April, 2017

Research at the interphase of neuroscience, psychology and pedagogics is making fascinating progress,
including the mechanisms and strategies for learning and memory. Our symposium aims at bringing
together researchers in these dynamic fields and anybody who is interested in catching up with recent
developments or is keen to apply this new knowledge. The topic has become especially relevant due to
recent public debates about knowledge resistance versus critical thinking in a world overflowing with
categorical claims and statements that may be true - or not. We are delighted to organize this symposium
with presentations by a number of internationally renowned researchers.

The organizing committee includes Kathinka Evers, Peter Gärdenfors, Germund Hesslow, and Dan
Larhammar (convener).

The Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study (SCAS) was founded in 1985 as the first institute of its kind
in Northern Europe. It is a national scientific institution, chartered by the Government of Sweden as an
Institute for Advanced Study, mainly in the social and human sciences. A core component of an institute
for advanced study is a selective Fellowship programme open to applications from across the world. The
Collegium is located in Linneanum, a historic building in the Botanic Garden in Uppsala, near the Carolina
Rediviva Library and other scientific facilities at Uppsala University. SCAS interacts with a large number
of scholarly institutions. Especially important is the collaboration with nine leading institutes for advanced
study within the SIAS group (Some Institutes for Advanced Study), including Center for Advanced Study
in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University; Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton; Radcliffe Institute
for Advanced Study, Harvard University; and Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin.

Recently SCAS received grants from two foundations that are major financial contributors to Swedish
research. The purpose is to broaden the scope of SCAS activities to the natural sciences. One of the four
programmes is “Human Brains and Societies” which aims to disseminate progress in brain research to
other research fields as well as society at large. This programme will include symposia and several
stipends for distinguished scientists and scholars to visit SCAS in Uppsala for at least three months and up
to an academic year. The symposium “From Neuroscience to the Classroom” is the first one to be organized
within the framework of the this programme.