Tiago Outeiro, PhD, University Medical Center Göttingen, Göttingen, Germany, discusses the upcoming Harvard European Alumni Training Network (HEAT-Net) 2021 meeting, outlining what topics will be discussed and what attendees can expect from the hybrid format. The HEAT-Net was established by European clinicians and researchers who were trained at four renowned neuroscience laboratories at Harvard Medical School. It was set up to maintain strong connections with their mentors at Harvard, to pass on the sense of mentorship to their own students training in Europe, and to create a network for students to connect. The meeting, themed ‘Frontiers in Neurodegeneration – From Bench to Bedside’ will showcase the latest work from members of the HEAT-Net and their Harvard Mentors. This interview took place at the Harvard European Alumni Training Network (HEAT-Net) 2021 congress.