[visionlist] First announcement for the ACCN, 14th Edition

Florence Dancoisne dancoisne at bccn.uni-freiburg.de
Mon Dec 15 00:33:00 PST 2008

(A PENS/Bernstein Training Center)
First Announcement

August 3-28, 2009
Freiburg, Germany


   * Nicolas Brunel (CNRS Paris)
   * John Rinzel (New York University, New York, USA)
   * Peter Latham (University College London, UK)
   * Yifat Prut (Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel)


   * Florence Dancoisne (Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience
Freiburg, Germany)

The Advanced Course in Computational Neuroscience is for advanced
graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who are interested in
learning the essentials of the field.

The course has two complementary parts. Mornings are devoted to lectures
given by distinguished international faculty on topics across the
breadth of experimental and computational neuroscience. During the rest
of the day, students are given practical training in the art and
practice of neural modelling, by pursuing a project of their choosing
under the close supervision of expert tutors.

The first week of the course introduces students to essential
neurobiological concepts and to the most important techniques in
modelling single cells, synapses and circuits. Students learn how to
solve their research problems using software packages such as MATLAB,
NEST, NEURON, XPP, etc. During the following three weeks the lectures
cover networks and specific neural systems and functions. Topics range
from modelling single cells and subcellular processes through the
simulation of simple circuits, large neuronal networks and system level
models of the brain. The course ends with project presentations by the

The course is designed for advanced graduate students and postdoctoral
fellows from a variety of disciplines, including neuroscience, physics,
electrical engineering, computer science, mathematics and psychology.
Students are expected to have a keen interest and basic background in
neurobiology as well as some computer experience. Students of any
nationality can apply.

A maximum of 30 students will be accepted. The current fee for the
course will be EUR 500; this will cover tuition, lodging, breakfast and
dinner. There will be a limited number of course fee scholarships, and
travel stipends available for students who need financial help for
attending the course. We specifically encourage applications from
researchers who work in the developing world. These students will be
selected according to the normal submission procedure.

Applications, including a description of the target project must be
submitted electronically (see below) and will need to be accompanied by
the names and email details of two referees who have agreed to furnish
references. Applicants will need to ensure that their referees have
submitted their references. Applications will be assessed by a
committee, with selection being based on the following criteria: the
scientific quality of the candidate (CV) and of the project, the
recommendation letters, and evidence that the course will afford
substantial benefit to the candidate.

Please apply electronically using a web browser.

More information and access to the application database:

Contact address:

   * Fiona Siegfried
     Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience Freiburg
     Albert-Ludwigs-Universitat Freiburg
     Hansastrasse 9A
     79104 Freiburg
   * mail: accn at bccn.uni-freiburg.de

Application process starts: January 5, 2009
Application deadline: April 2, 2009
Deadline for letters of recommendation: April 2, 2009
Notification of results: April 30, 2009

INVITED FACULTY (* = confirmed)
Ad Aertsen, U. Freiburg, Germany (*)
Yang Dan, UC Berkeley, USA (*)
Nathaniel Daw, NYU, USA (*)
Erik De Schutter, OIST, Japan
Alain Destexhe, CNRS Gif, France (*)
Zhaoping Li, UCL, UK (*)
Yael Niv, Princeton, USA (*)
Jonathan Pillow, UCL, UK (*)
Alex Pouget, Rochester, USA (*)
Yifat Prut, Hebrew University, Israel (*)
Magnus Richardson, U. of Warwick, UK (*)
Yasser Roudi, UCL, UK (*)
Sebastian Seung, MIT, USA
Gytis Svirskis, Kaunas Medical Academy, Lithuania (*)
Gabor Tamas, University of Szeged, Hungary
Alex Thomson, UL, UK (*)
Matthew Tresch, Northwestern University, USA (*)
Misha Tsodyks, Weizmann Institute, Israel
Mark Van Rossum, U. of Edinburgh, UK (*)
Carl van Vreeswijk, CNRS Paris, France (*)
Charles Wilson, UT-San Antonio, USA
Fred Wolf, MPI Goettingen, Germany

TUTORS(all confirmed)
Janet Best, Ohio State, USA
Moritz Helias, U. Freiburg, Germany
Alex Lerchner, UCL, UK
Michiel Remme, NYU, USA
more to be invited

Bernd Wiebelt, U. Freiburg, Germany

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