[Comp-neuro] 13th Advanced Course in Computational Neuroscience - final announcement

Florence Dancoisne dancoisne at bccn.uni-freiburg.de
Mon Mar 10 15:40:31 CET 2008

Neuroscience School)
Final Announcement

August 4th - 29th, 2008
Freiburg, Germany


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


   * Florence Dancoisne (Bernstein Center for Computational 
Neuroscience  Freiburg)

After three years in Arcachon (France), the Advanced Course in 
Computational Neuroscience will be held in Freiburg in Breisgau 
(Germany) this year for its 13th edition, and until 2010.

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, networks and neural systems. 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 specific brain areas 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 students.

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 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: siegfried at bccn.uni-freiburg.de

Application deadline: March 28th, 2008
Deadline for letters of recommendation: March 28th, 2008
Notification of results: April 25th, 2008

confirmed FACULTY:          
Ad Aertsen, U. Freiburg, Germany
Amos Arieli, Weizmann Institute, Israel      
Jeff Beck, U. of Rochester, USA              
Nathaniel Daw, NYU, USA  
Erik De Schutter, OIST, Japan      
Alain Destexhe, CNRS Gif, France
Wulfram Gerstner, EFPL, Switzerland  
Marc-Oliver Gewaltig, Honda, Germany              
Zhaoping Li, UCL, UK
David Hansel, CNRS Paris, France          
Yael Niv, Princeton, USA
Stefano Panzeri, U. of Manchester, UK          
Jonathan Pillow, UCL, UK
Yifat Prut, Hebrew U. Israel      
Yasser Roudi, UCL, UK
Idan Segev, Hebrew U., Israel              
Alex Thomson, UL, UK
Mark Van Rossum, U. of Edinburgh, UK

confirmed TUTORS
Janet Best, Ohio State, USA
Hermann Cuntz, UCL, UK
Moritz Helias, U. Freiburg, Germany
Alex Lerchner, UCL, UK
Tim Vogels, Columbia, USA

Bernd Wiebelt, U. Freiburg, Germany


Florence Dancoisne
Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience Freiburg
Administrative Coordinator
Hansastr. 9A
D-79104 Freiburg


phone:	+ 49 761 203 9314
fax:	+ 49 761 203 9559

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