[Comp-neuro] Call for Sites: European Advanced Course in computational neuroscience (ACCN)

Jaeger, Dieter djaeger at emory.edu
Fri Dec 21 13:26:05 CET 2012


Second call for site proposals for the European Advanced Course in Computational Neuroscience (ACCN)

Due date: February 15, 2013

The organizing committee of the Advanced Course in Computational Neuroscience is looking for applications for sites to host the course for 3 years (2014-2016).

The course, which is now in its seventeenth year, each year selects 30 graduate students and postdocs from around the world. They are taught by 5-7 tutors and approximately 25 invited faculty. The course is usually held in July/August in a European (or Associated) country. The ideal site will be isolated from other large groups of people (e.g. not consist of a resort hotel) to ensure intimacy and quietness, and will be in an attractive location. Previous courses have been held at:

   Crete, Greece      1996-1998
   Trieste, Italy     1999-2001
   Obidos, Portugal   2002-2004
   Arcachon, France   2005-2007
   Freiburg, Germany  2008-2010
   Bedlewo, Poland    2011-2013

The course has attained a high profile over the years, and will generate high international visibility to any new location.  It is expected to attract considerable visibility to any emerging new center of computational neuroscience in Europe.

Our specific requirements are:
- a local organizer who is responsible for arranging lodging, food, transportation, and lecture and computer facilities;
- a lecture room with a seating capacity of about 50;
- computer room(s), that can fit laptop computers for about 20 people, and allows a fast internet connection and wireless; as well as about 10-15 supplied workstations for students without sufficient own computing resources.
- affordable lodging for about 50 people for four weeks, close to the  lecture/computer rooms (university accommodation would be fine)
- affordable food (restaurant or other) for about 50 people, close to the lecture/computer rooms.

In addition, it would be nice to have:
- a kitchen/dining room that students can use during the weekends and breaks;
- a secretary who can handle communication with students and faculty during the months preceding the school;
- a full-time systems manager for the computer network during the school;
- internet access in the hotel rooms;
- local funding.

The availability of substantial local funding will greatly influence the selection of our future training site.  Local funding would for instance be raised towards inviting faculty and/or subsidizing local housing and food plans.

Anyone interested is strongly encouraged to contact Mate Lengyel (m.lengyel at eng.cam.ac.uk<mailto:m.lengyel at xeng.cam.ac.uk>) for detailed information about ACCN and on how to apply to be our next host site.

SHORT DESCRIPTION OF THE COURSE  (see also http://www.neuroinf.pl/accn)

The Advanced Course in Computational Neuroscience is a high-level, 4-week intensive course on the computational aspects of the central nervous system function, from the cellular to the systems level. It is taught by invited faculty, who are both experimentalists and theoreticians and are among the best in their fields (see http://www.neuroinf.org/courses/EUCOURSE/B12/index.shtml web site for current and previous programs).

The course is highly selective - we receive typically around 90 applications every year, and only 30 students are selected. Students are typically mid-term PhDs or postdocs, with backgrounds ranging from pure theory to pure experiment. The course provides the students with a solid theoretical background in topics that are important for understanding the complexity of the nervous system, and exposes them to the approaches that have been used in theoretical studies. Students do a research project during the course, with the help of the invited faculty and tutors. The selection of students is based on a CV, proposed project, letters of recommendation, and the advice of three independent referees.

The current course directors:  Yifat Prut (Jerusalem, Israel); Carl van Vreeswjik (Paris, France); Dieter Jaeger (Atlanta, USA); Mate Lengyel (Cambridge, UK), and current local organizer Daniel Wojcik are available to answer questions by potential site applicants.



Dieter Jaeger,  Professor
Department of Biology, Emory University
1510 Clifton Rd., Atlanta, GA 30322
404 727 8139, e-mail: djaeger at emory.edu<mailto:djaeger at emory.edu>

http://www.biology.emory.edu/research/Jaeger


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