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Conferences, symposia, workshops, courses. Our members are actively involved in many events. Here is the current list of upcoming events of interest to computational neuroscience researchers.

Wege zur Erforschung des Gehirns

24.10. – 06.02.2023

Das Bernstein Center Freiburg und die Fakultät für Biologie laden im Wintersemester 2022/2023 wieder zu vielen spannenden Fragen, kreativen Ansätzen und praxisbezogenen Methoden rund um das Thema Neurowissenschaften ein.

Warum sehen Nachtfalter bei Sternenlicht? Können kreative Träume helfen, eine strukturierte "interne Welt" aufzubauen? Wie kann die Hirnentwicklung unser Erwachsenenleben sowohl im Guten (d.h. Gesundheit) als auch im Schlechten (Krankheit) beeinflussen? Könnten mit „Licht-Hören“ mehr Information über die Schallfrequenzen weitergegeben und der Hörsinn für Schwerhörige zukünftig differenzierter stimuliert werden?

Dies sind nur einige der Fragen, die herausragende Neurowissenschaftlerinnen und -wissenschaftler aus ganz Deutschland jeweils aus Sicht ihrer Disziplin anschaulich und verständlich diskutieren werden. Die Ringvorlesung richtet sich an ein breites Publikum mit einem allgemeinen Interesse an aktueller Hirnforschung. Beginn ist jeweils um 19 Uhr. Nach einem etwa 40-minütigen Vortrag gibt es Gelegenheit zur Diskussion. Der Eintritt ist frei.

Bernstein Members involved:
Hansjörg Scherberger
Andreas Draghun
Claus Hilgetag
Ad Aertsen (Organisation)
Stefan Rotter (Organisation)

Winter School “Ethics of Neuroscience and AI” 2023

27.02. – 03.03.2023
BCCN Berlin, Germany
Winter School

The 12th Winter School "Ethics of Neuroscience and AI" is taking place on Feb 27 - March 3, 2023. It is organized by the BCCN Berlin/ICCN, the Berlin School of Mind and Brain, and the Excellence Cluster "Science of Intelligence". The event is tailored for MSc and PhD students, but covers a range of topics of potential interest to other researchers, reflecting on the ethical and societal consequences of modern neuroscience.

Bernstein Members involved:
John-Dylan Haynes


09.03. – 14.03.2023
Montreal, Canada

The annual COSYNE conference provides an inclusive forum for the exchange of experimental and theoretical approaches to problems in systems neuroscience, in order to understand how neural systems are built and function.

Bernstein Members involved:
Laura Busse

First International Conference on Hybrid Societies

15.03. – 17.03.2023
Technische Universität Chemnitz

The first international Conference on Hybrid Societies is organized by the DFG-funded Collaborative Research Center Hybrid Societies at Chemnitz University of Technology (CRC 1410 Hybrid Societies funded by the German Research Foundation), in which a highly interdisciplinary group of researchers from psychology and engineering sciences to mathematics and computer science to the social sciences and humanities address the challenges of shaping the coexistence of humans and machines in public environments.

Bernstein Members involved:
Fred Hamker

Interdisciplinary College 2023

12.03. – 17.03.2023
Möhnesee-Günne, Germany
Summer School

The IK 2023 is aimed to explore how experience emerges from dynamic processes of bodies, minds, and things. The focus is on the role that physical interaction plays for cognition.

a) How do sensorimotor capacities and the experience of one’s own body develop and enable agents to engage with the world?
b) How do cognitive competences and experience emerge in neural systems that are linked to the sensorimotor surfaces and are embedded in the world?
c) How do humans actively structure their environment to enable particular forms of experience and processes of meaning-making, e.g. in educational and artistic settings, but also in the way technological artefacts are integrated into our world?

15th Göttingen Meeting of the German Neuroscience Society

22.03. – 25.03.2023
Göttingen, Germany

Sharing knowledge and exchanging results and ideas are key elements of scientific research. The Göttingen meeting brings these elements to live for nearly 50 years now. It offers early career researchers the opportunity to meet more established scientists and both have the chance to learn from each other in a stimulating and diverse scientific environment.

The core scientific programme will be flanked by satellite symposia and special interest workshops covering a broad range of topics. Moreover, different companies will showcase their latest products and developments. We are also delighted to award the second Loewi Medal to an outstanding scientist and dedicated member of the NWG.

Bernstein Members involved:
Veronika Egger, Alexander Gail, Susanne Schreiber, Marion Sillies, Christian Tetzlaff

NeuroExpo Online

13.04. – 14.04.2023
Online Event

Die "NeuroExpo Online" bietet ein umfangreiches und außergewöhnliches Programm, vollgepackt mit vielen Highlights, Specials und vor allem mit jeder Menge praxisorientiertem neurowissenschaftlichem Know how.

Bernstein Members involved:
John-Dylan Haynes

Mathematical Life Sciences

17.04. – 20.04.2023
Bonn, Germany

Mathematical modelling and analysis are nowadays essential for all fields of the life sciences, ranging from basic research to clinical application. To discuss the state of the field and potential future development, please join us in Bonn, April 17-20, 2023.
We have put together an exciting scientific program with eight keynote speeches and conference tracks on

Systems Biology
Integrative Pathway Modelling
Mathematical Image Analysis
Computational Immunology
Chemoinformatics and Computational Drug Design
Single Cell Analysis
Mathematical Biology
Dynamics of Cellular and Neuronal Networks
Modelling of Tumour Microenvironment
Computational Protein Modelling and Design

The conference is jointly organized by the Clusters of Excellence Hausdorff Center for Mathematics (HCM) and ImmunoSensation, the Transdisciplinary Research Areas (TRA) “Mathematics, Modelling and Simulation of Complex Systems” and “Life and Health”, and the Interdisciplinary Research Unit Mathematics and Life Sciences.

Bernstein Members involved:
Viola Priesemann


03.05. – 05.05.2023
Faro, Portugal

The European Neuroscience Conference by Doctoral Students (ENCODS) is an initiative started by graduate students at the Neurocampus Bordeaux in 2013. The main aim of ENCODS is to provide a safe space for early-career neuroscientists where they can share their research in the form of talks and poster presentations, create new collaborations, learn from experts, and network with researchers and students from all around the world.

For this meeting, our conference theme is “Labcoats and Laptops: Neuroscience through different lenses”. The goal is, across distinguished expert and student presentations, poster sessions, and the workshops, bring together the different fields within Neuroscience and provide new techniques and questions for early career scientists.

Complex Networks – Theory, Methods and Applications

22.05. – 26.05.2023
Como, Italy
Spring School

The school “Complex Networks: Theory, Methods, and Applications” offers a succinct education in network science. It is open to all aspiring scholars in any area of science or engineering who wish to study networks of any kind (whether theoretical or applied), and it is especially addressed to doctoral students and young postdoctoral scholars. The aim of the school is to deepen into both theoretical developments and applications in targeted fields.

Bernstein Members involved:
Viola Priesemann

GEM 2023

12.06. – 14.06.2023

Episodic memories are widely regarded as memories of personally experienced events. Early concepts about episodic memory were based on the storage model, according to which experiential content is preserved in memory and later retrieved. However, overwhelming empirical evidence suggests that the content of episodic memory is – at least to a certain degree – constructed in the act of remembering. Even though very few contemporary researchers would oppose this view of episodic memory as a generative process, it has not become the standard paradigm of empirical memory research. This is particularly true for studies of the neural correlates of episodic memory. Further hindering progress are large conceptual differences regarding episodic memory across different fields, such as neuroscience, philosophy, and psychology. This interdisciplinary conference therefore aims to bring together researchers from all relevant fields to advance the state of the art in the research on generative episodic memory.

Bernstein Members involved:
Christian Leibold
Sen Cheng

WiMR 2023

12.06. – 16.06.2023
Bochum, Germany

Early research excellence must exist within the context of inclusivity. Although comprising only a small percentage (21%-29% in Germany), women contribute greatly to ongoing efforts in memory research. This event hopes to help you enhance both personal and professional development and learn additional skills. It aims to entice you to stay your path and enjoy the benfits of an academic career.

Come and learn what an academic career looks like and discover its advantages. During your week at the Ruhr University Bochum (RUB) you will participate in GEM 2023 where you will hear about the latest research in generative episodic memory, be given the opportunity to present your research and meet with female scientists from the field. Before and after GEM you'll be introduced to Bochum, the RUB and the FOR 2812 labs.

Konstanz School of Collective Behaviour (KSCB)

31.07. – 12.08.2023
Konstanz, Germany

Collective behaviour is all around us from flocks of birds to schools of fish to human crowds. Collective behaviour happens across multiple spatial and temporal scales making it one of the most ubiquitous, natural phenomena around us. For a long time, organismal collective behaviour has been studied separately across many disciplines from biology to ecology to physics to engineering. The aim of this school is to bring multiple disciplinary approaches to collective behaviour, studying a wide variety of organisms using different methods. The school thus aims to prepare the next generation of scientists that are exposed to a breadth of approaches to study collective behaviour.

Bernstein Members involved:
Armin Bahl

Summer School & Symposium The Systems Vision Science

14.08. – 24.08.2023
Tübingen, Germany
Summer School & Symposium

This summer school should be helpful to experimental vision researchers for learning computational methods, vision theorists and modellers for closer links with experimental data, computer vision researchers and physical scientists for learning about biological vision, and, more generally, vision scientists interested in topics and approaches in systems vision science.

Bernstein Members involved:
Peter Dayan
Ziad Hafed
Kristine Krug
Li Zhaoping

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