Events, Talks, and Workshops

Bernstein SmartSteps - Featuring Early Career Scientists

Starting in April 2021

The Bernstein SmartSteps series provides a unique platform for selected Early Career Scientists of the Bernstein Network Computational Neuroscience to present their research projects to the scientific community. Once a month, starting in April 2021, one PhD candidate and one Postdoc who are ready to take their next (smart) step for their scientific career will discuss their research in an online seminar.

For further information and application please visit Bernstein SmartSteps.

Blumenbach Lecture "Neural circuits for vision in the natural world"

December 1st, 2020 at 4 p.m.

Cristopher Niell
Institute of Neuroscience, University of Oregon

For further information about the virtual seminar please visit Blumenbach Lecture (access information will be provided timely).

Satellite Workshop "Frontiers in the Evolution of Neuronal Computation"

September 29, 2020

Satellite Workshops of the Bernstein Conference provide a stage to discuss topical research questions, novel scientific approaches and challenges in Computational Neuroscience and related fields.

The workshop “Frontiers in The Evolution of Neuronal Computation” will present, in three topical sessions, selected lines of research at the frontier of computational neuroscience and evolutionary biology. Session “Emergence and Design of the First Nervous Systems” will focus on recent work opening novel perspectives on the original evolutionary invention of nerve cells, synapses and the first neural circuits controlling animal behavior. Session “Invariance, Universality and Optimization in the Evolution of Sensory Systems” will present research that aims to identify evolutionary invariants of sensory information processing and the mechanisms underlying its developmental and evolutionary optimization. Finally, the session “Principles of Cortical Circuit Evolution” will focus on work that strives to decipher the principles and processes underlying fundamental transformations of the circuit structure of the cerebral cortical learning machine in the evolution of modern mammals. Overall the research presented at the workshop is chosen to foster discussing, refining and advancing research questions on frontier topics in evolutionary neuroscience and to highlight the novel opportunities and challenges for computational neuroscience they offer.

Organizer: Fred Wolf

Confirmed speakers:
• Pawel Burkhard
• Raoul-Martin Memmesheimer
• Veronica Eggers | Silke Sachse
• Marion Silies
• Jan Clemens | Matthias Hennig
• Mathias F. Wernet | Katja Nowick
• Stephanie E. Palmer
• Daniel Huber
• Julijana Gjorgjieva
• Viola Priesemann | Michael Wibral
• Manuel Schottdorf

For further information and registration please visit the Bernstein Conference website.

Bernstein Conference 2020

September 29 – October 01, 2020

Each year the Bernstein Network invites the international computational neuroscience community to the annual Bernstein Conference for intensive scientific exchange. It has established itself as one of the most renown conferences worldwide in this field, attracting students, postdocs and PIs from around the world to meet and discuss new scientific discoveries. In 2020, the conference will be held entirely online for the first time.

Inivited speakers:
William Bialek (Princeton University, USA)
Michael Brecht (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Germany)
Laura Busse (LMU Munich, Germany)
Megan Carey (Champalimaud Center for the Unknown, Lisbon, Portugal)
Rosa Cossart (Institut de neurobiologie de la méditerranée, Marseille, France)
Ann Hermundstad (Janelia Research Campus, Ashburn, USA)
Roozbeh Kiani (New York University, New York City, USA)
Vanessa Ruta (The Rockefeller University, New York City, USA)
David Sussillo (Google AI, Mountain View, USA)
Srdjan Ostojic (L'École normale supérieure, Paris, France)
Fred Wolf (Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, Göttingen, Germany)

Important dates:
Abstract submission open: June 5, 2020
Deadline for submission of abstracts to be considered for Contributed Talks: July 17, 2020
Deadline for abstract submission: August 21, 2020

For further information and registration please visit the Bernstein Conference website.

Two little video turorials can be found on Twitter #BernsteinConference to make it easier to find your way round the conference platform.

15th Edition of the Symposium Physics of Living Matter (PLM 15)

October 01 – 02, 2020

Co-organised by Cambridge University and the Turing Centre for Living Systems (CENTURI), the Physics of Living Matter Symposium aims at bridging Physics and Biology by bringing together scientists from life sciences, physics and computational sciences from all over the world. In addition to an exciting programme presented by renowned international speakers, oral presentations will be selected from the submitted abstracts.

The symposium will take place as a free online webinar.
Registrations are open until September 21.
To give a short talk, please submit your abstract before June 30, 2020.

For further information and registration please visit the Physics of Living Matter 15 website.


Marc Aurel Busche, M.D., Ph.D.
United Kingdom Dementia Research Institute

Dysregulation of neuronal circuits in Alzheimer's Disease

December 20th, 2019 at 11:15 a.m.
Max Planck Institute for Experimental Medicine, Lecture Hall
Hermann-Rein-Str. 3, 37075 Göttingen