About Synapsium

Synapsium is an annual neuroscience symposium hosted by Dondrite, the student association of the MSc Cognitive Neuroscience at Radboud University Nijmegen. Organized by and for students, we take pride in connecting the latest generations of researchers as we give them a platform to present their own research, invite them to stimulating presentations and workshops, and motivate cross-institutional exchange. Next to this, there will be a keynote presentation of an established researcher and a panel discussion to discuss the latest topics in Cognitive Neuroscience together!

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Committee members

Listed below are the current comittee members. Synapsium is organised every year by enthousiastic and passionate Dondrite members who want to do a little something extra.  Do you want to know more about who is who and what that person does? You can hover over every members’ picture to learn their name and task within the comittee!

Gaia Forlani




Hello! I am an exchange master student researching in the Philosophy of Cognitive Neuroscience field. Currently I’m writing my thesis at RU and I’m about to graduate from the University of Milan. My biggest interests? Movement and brain. I’m also an ex professional ballet and neoclassical dancer. I am extremely honored and passionate for leading Synapsium: hope to see you all there in May!

Sarah Tjeerdsma




Hi everyone! I’m Sarah and I am currently in my second year of the Cognitive Neuroscience master. Besides my interest in the brain, I’m also very passionate about music and art. And I’m super excited to be organizing this year’s Synapsium!

Xuanyi (Jessica) Chen




Hi! I am Jessica, a first year Cognitive Neuroscience Master student. I am interested in how people communicate through language(s) and beyond, and how they are processed in the brain. Outside of academics, I consider myself an avid traveler, theater/art-goer, and sports fan. Looking forward to seeing y’all at the Synapsium!

Loes van Leeuwen

Public Relations



Hey! I am Loes, a fifth-year student here at Radboud University, but also a first year again now in the third track of Cognitive Neuroscience.

Mathilde Sijtsma

Program Manager



Hi everyone! I’m Mathilde, a first year Cognitive Neuroscience student on the Perception, Action and Decision-Making track. Apart from learning about the brain, I like to swim, bake and knit. I’m really excited to organise this year’s Synapsium!

Felix Jarto



Hi everyone! I’m Felix and I’m a second year CNS student from Hungary. My main interests revolve around sensorimotor control and prosthetic devices and my hobbies include cooking and bartending. I’m looking forward to meeting you at this year’s Synapsium!

Nele Ziegler

Dondrite Board Representative