[visionlist] Summer School Visual Neuroscience August 2012

Karl Gegenfurtner Karl.R.Gegenfurtner at psychol.uni-giessen.de
Fri Jan 6 12:23:39 GMT 2012

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)
August 19 - August 31, 2012
Application deadline: April 1, 2012
Organizers: Jochen Braun, Frank Bremmer, Karl Gegenfurtner
Funded by the universities of Giessen, Magdeburg and Marburg

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 day’s 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 in 2012 are Jochen Braun (Magdeburg), Frank Bremmer (Marburg), 
Matteo Carandini (London), Gustavo Deco (Barcelona), Karl Gegenfurtner (Giessen), 
Mickey Goldberg (New York), John-Dylan Haynes (Berlin), Zoe Kourtzi (Birmingham), 
Ilona Kovacs (Budapest), Laurence Maloney (New York), Pascal Mamassian (Paris), 
Tony Movshon (New York), Pieter Roelfsema (Amsterdam), Petra Stoerig (Düsseldorf), 
Simon Thorpe (Toulouse), Stefan Treue (Göttingen), Heinz Wässle (Frankfurt) and 
Andrew Welchman (Birmingham).

The European Summer School meets at idyllic and inspiring Schloss
Rauischholzhausen in Hessia, Germany. 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. 

The tuition for the course is 500 Euro, which has to be paid within two weeks after 
acceptance. This covers the room plus all meals (breakfast/lunch/dinner) during 
the school. A small number of tuition waivers are available for those who need them. 

Application forms can be downloaded from the website
http://www.allpsych.uni-giessen.de/rauisch/application.html. Please fill in the form 
and return it by email to karl.gegenfurtner at psychol.uni-giessen.de. You are also
asked to arrange for at least one letter of recommendation to be sent separately 
by email to karl.gegenfurtner at psychol.uni-giessen.de. The deadline for receipt of 
the complete application is April 1, 2012.

We look forward to welcome you to the summer school.

Jochen Braun, Frank Bremmer and Karl Gegenfurtner

PS: A poster for advertising this school at your department can be downloaded at

Prof. Karl Gegenfurtner, Abteilung Allgemeine Psychologie
Justus-Liebig-Universität, Otto-Behaghel-Str. 10, 35394 Giessen
phone:  +49 641 9926100	  mailto:gegenfurtner at uni-giessen.de
fax:    +49 641 9926119	  http://www.allpsych.uni-giessen.de/karl

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