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In recent years, neuroscience research has seen a growing number of international collaborative projects. Furthermore, neuroscience in Northeast Asia, including China, Japan, and Korea, is advancing explosively, both quantitatively and qualitatively, as fueled by aggressive support from their corresponding governments, which also led to an increased pool of young neuroscientists. In this context, there are growing needs to further facilitate collaborative research exchange among these three neighboring countries in Northeast Asia by hosting a large-scale joint academic conference.
Thus far, neuroscientists in these three countries had to rely on the SFN in the US and FENS in Europe in terms of large international conferences. In light of the fact that the successes of SFN and FENS have rapidly advanced neuroscience in North American and European countries, launching the third large conference in Asia would be essential for advances in neuroscience not only in Asia but throughout the globe. To this end, neuroscience societies in China, Japan, and Korea (CJK) attempt to launch a biannual CJK Neuroscience meeting like the FENS and invite eminent speakers worldwide to facilitate academic exchange and provide a platform for joint research. Estimated participants of the meeting would be 5,000 ~7,000 like FENS. However, CJK biannual meeting will be not exclusive to other Asian Oceania countries.
For this purpose, the three neuroscience societies in CJK have decided to form a CJK task force committee to continually discuss matters relevant to the neuroscience meeting and have agreed to launch the first CJK Neuroscience meeting in 2021 led by the Japanese Neuroscience Society. Furthermore, as a preliminary event, the CJK subcommittee was established in 2019 under support from the IBRO, and it was decided to form and run 12 CJK sessions in Korea, where the IBRO World Congress will be held.