[vslist] European summer school on Visual Neuroscience, Sept 6-17, 2004

Karl Gegenfurtner Karl.R.Gegenfurtner at psychol.uni-giessen.de
Wed Mar 10 11:26:00 GMT 2004

E U R O P E A N   S U M M E R   S C H O O L
Visual Neuroscience: from spikes to awareness
Rauischholzhausen Castle (near Frankfurt, Germany)
September 6-17, 2004
Application deadline: April 30, 2004
Organizers: Jochen Braun, Frank Bremmer, Karl Gegenfurtner
Funded by the Volkswagen-Foundation

Visual neuroscience studies the neural underpinnings of visual function and
visual sensation. Its results contribute to our understanding of cognitive brain
processes in general and also help to boost the capabilities of technological
vision systems.

Visual neuroscience involves a wide variety of methods and approaches ---
computational theory, neurophysiology, neuroanatomy, functional imaging,
psychophysics, neuropsychology, and others --- and illustrates perhaps more
clearly than any other area of brain research, the overriding need to combine
and coordinate these diverse efforts.

The European Summer School exposes young vision researchers --- at the late
pre-doctoral or early post-doctoral level --- to the principal methods and
seminal issues of contemporary visual neuroscience. In addition, it seeks to
build a basic fluency in the emerging lingua franca of computational
neuroscience. The range of topics is broad, literally from spikes to awareness,
and the pace correspondingly brisk. This intensive experience should allow
participants to take a broader view of, and make more informed decisions about,
their future research direction.

The European Summer School is taught by leading researchers in neurobiology,
neuropsychology, psychophysics, and theoretical neuroscience. Two thematically
related topics are covered each day, with approximately 3 hours allotted to each
(including discussion time). An after-dinner discussion provides an opportunity
to contrast and compare the dayís lectures. In addition, students pursue
computational and theoretical projects (based on Matlab) during the afternoon,
to experiment with key concepts and techniques of computational neuroscience.

Confirmed speakers include Ad Aertsen (Freiburg), Pascal Barone (Toulouse),
Heinrich B¸lthoff (T¸bingen), David Burr (Florence), Jochen Braun (Magdeburg)
Frank Bremmer (Marburg), Gemma Calvert (Oxford), Gustavo Deco (Barcelona),
Heiner Deubel (Munich), Andrew Derrington (Nottingham), Karl Gegenfurtner
(Giessen), Christoph Koch (Pasadena), Zoe Kourtzi (T¸bingen), Concetta Morrone
(Milano), Tony Movshon (New York), Gregor Rainer (T¸bingen), Petra Stoerig
(D¸sseldorf), Simon Thorpe (Toulouse), Stefan Treue (G–ttingen), Heinz W”ssle
(Frankfurt) and Christoph Zetzsche (Munich).

The European Summer School meets at idyllic and inspiring Schloss
Rauischholzhausen in Hessia, Germany (pictured above). The main selection
criterion for participants is the degree of benefit that each applicant can be
expected to derive from the course. In addition, the organizers attempt to
balance fields, nationalities, and genders among participants. All participants
receive full stipends and partial travel support.

Applications should include a curriculum vitae with recent photograph, a
statement of why you wish to attend and what you expect to gain (maximum 500
words), and at least one letter of recommendation (sent separately by email to
karl.gegenfurtner at psychol.uni-giessen.de). The deadline for receipt of complete
application is 30 April 2004.

Please send your CV and statement of purpose by mail to:

Prof. Karl R. Gegenfurtner
Giessen University
Dept. of Psychology
Otto-Behaghel-Str. 10
35394 Giessen (Germany)
Tel   ++49 641 99 26 100
Fax  ++49 641 99 26 119

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