Bernstein Conference 2021




Sep 21 – 23


Invited Lectures

The 2021 online Bernstein Conference focussed on the next generation in computational neuroscience. Therefore we give the floor to the new and rising names in the field. 

Athena Akrami | University College London, UK
Formation and update of sensory “prior distributions” in working memory and perceptual decision making tasks

Timothy Behrens | University of Oxford, UK
Representing the structure of problems in the frontal hippocampal circuitry

Nadine Gogolla | Max Planck Institute for Neurobiology, Martinsried, Germany
Disentangling the neural basis of emotion

Guillaume Hennequin | University of Cambridge, UK
Failing to prepare is preparing to fail: a network theory of movement preparation and execution

Jennifer Li & Drew Robson | Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Tübingen, Germany
A dynamical systems view of neuroethology: uncovering stateful computation during zebrafish foraging

Scott Linderman | Stanford University, USA
Finding sequences in neural spike trains with Neyman-Scott processes

Ashok Litwin-Kumar | Columbia University, New York City, USA
Generalizing theories of cerebellum-like learning

Ida Momennejad | Microsoft Research, New York City, USA
Multi-scale Predictive Representations & Human-like RL

Cristina Savin | New York University, New York City, USA
Task-specific routing of information in neural circuits via structured noise

Marion Silies | Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany
Strategies for vision in dynamically changing environments

Daniela Vallentin | Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Seewiesen, Germany
Neural control of vocal interactions in songbirds

Valentin Braitenberg Award Winner

Eve Marder | Brandeis University, Waltham, USA
Perturbations Reveal that Degenerate Circuits Hide Cryptic Individual Variability

Contributed Talks

Badr Albanna |University of Pittburgh, Pittsburgh PA, USA
Distinct synaptic plasticity mechanisms determine the diversity of cortical responses during behavior

Manuel Beiran | École Normale Supérieure – PSL University, Paris, France
Learning parametric models of cognitive tasks through low-dimensional neural manifolds

Yul HR Kang |University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Spatial uncertainty provides a unifying account of navigation behavior and grid field deformations

Anna Kutschireiter | Harvard Medical School, Boston MA, USA
A Bayesian Perspective on the Fruit Fly’s Internal Compass

Claire Meissner-Bernard | Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, Basel, Switzerland
Co-tuned, balanced excitation and inhibition in olfactory memory networks

Alireza Modirshanechi | Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland
Novelty drives exploration, whereas surprise modulates learning: the interaction of novelty, surprise, and reward in human behavior

Torben Ott | Washington University in Saint Louis, USA
Near-optimal time investments under uncertainty in humans, rats, and mice

Ahnaf Ashhab Pathan | Quantitative Neuroscience Lab, Systems Cortex, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Fully topographic deep artificial neural network for reconstructing functional heterogeneity and internal representations of visual cortex

Satellite Workshops


  • Dietmar Plenz
  • Claudius Gros
  • Stefanie Miller
  • Anna Levina
  • Joern Davidsen
  • Christian Meisel
  • Serena di Sant
  • Miguel Munoz

Confirmed speakers:

  • Joe Patoe
  • Klaus Wimmer
  • Ann Kennedy
  • Robert Froemke
  • Kiyohito Iigaya
  • Lea Duncker

Confirmed speakers:

  • Peter Dayan
  • Mitsuko Watabe-Uchida
  • Marc Bellemare
  • Rachel Lee
  • Jan Drugowitsch
  • Martha White
  • Arif Hamid
  • Jakob Foerster

Confirmed speakers:

  • Pascal Fries
  • Arvind Kumar
  • Jorge Mejias
  • Farzan Nadim
  • Carmen Canavier
  • Rodrigo Pena
  • Michelle McCarthy
  • Eran Stark
  • Horacio G. Rotstein
  • Warren M. Grill
  • Zeinab Esmaeilpour
  • John White

Confirmed speakers:

  • Florencia Iacaruso
  • Pulin Gong
  • Simon Rumpel
  • Julijana Gjorgjieva
  • Sven Dorkenwald
  • Ramin Khajeh
  • Merav Stern
  • Carl Petersen
  • Lukasz Kusmierz

Confirmed speakers:

  • Janne Lappalainen
  • Stefano Panzeri
  • Bernd Illing
  • Viola Priesemann
  • Roxana Zeraati | Oleg Vinogradov
  • Kate Storrs
  • Andrew Saxe

Confirmed speakers:

  • Taro Toyoizumi
  • Cian O’Donnell
  • Júlia Gallinaro
  • Paul Manz
  • Bastian Eppler
  • Lee Susman
  • Michael Rule
  • Andrew Fink | Carl Edward Schoonover
  • Noa Sadeh | Meytar Zemer
  • Federico Devalle
  • Sara Solla
  • Ji Xia
  • William Mau

Confirmed speakers:

  • Simona Olmi
  • David Dahmen
  • Tilo Schwalger
  • Gianluigi Mongillo
  • Matteo di Volo
  • Halgurd Taher
  • Alain Destexhe
  • Áine Byrne
  • Maurizio Mattia

Confirmed speakers:

  • Carsen Stringer
  • Mattia Rigotti
  • Jonathan Pillow
  • Friedrich Schuessler
  • SueYeon Chung
  • Sara Solla
  • Alex Cayco-Gajic
  • Abigail Russo

Confirmed speakers:

  • Hye Yoon Park
  • Daniel Choquet
  • Timothy O’Leary
  • Mark van Rossum
  • Paul Bressloff
  • Marina Mikhaylova
  • Anne-Sophie Hafner
  • Ashley Bourke
  • Noam Ziv