Past events

Past Conferences, Symposia, Workshops, Courses and other events, where Bernstein Network members were involved.

Simulate with EBRAINS

07.11. – 10.11.2022

This online workshop aims at giving an overview of how to simulate with EBRAINS, from the infrastructure level to simulations at multiple scales. It covers a large variety of topics, e.g. computing and data services of or related to the Fenix infrastructure, Neuromorphic Computing, and simulations on a scale from molecules via small and large networks of point or structured spiking neurons to simplified whole brain activity and virtual environments Participants can choose from a large number of sessions what is relevant for them.

Bernstein Members involved:
Abigail Morrison
Petra Ritter

SNUFA 2022

09.11. – 10.11.2022

This online workshop brings together researchers in the fields of computational neuroscience, machine learning, and neuromorphic engineering to present their work and discuss ways of translating these findings into a better understanding of neural circuits. Topics include artificial and biologically plausible learning algorithms and the dissection of trained spiking circuits toward understanding neural processing. We have a manageable number of talks with ample time for discussions.

Bernstein Members involved:
Friedemann Zenke

Minds in Mainz: Brain Dynamics and Information Processing

09.11. – 10.11.2022
Mainz, Germany

The international neuroscience symposium is dedicated to research on the processing of information in the brain. Understanding information processing, thinking, remembering or consciousness are some of the toughest riddles for humankind. Solving them will help us to understand ourselves – as well as dysfunctions in brain and mind occurring from birth or during aging.

The symposiums will bring together neuroscientists with experimental and computational expertise. It aims to bridge the gap from synaptic transmission to cognition. Thus, it will cross borders among neuroscientific disciplines to inspire discussions on state-of-the-art findings about information perception, processing, consolidation and transfer for storage.

Participants are invited for vivid discussions to advance the insight of brain dynamics and information processing.
Registration deadline has been prolonged until November 1, 2022.

Bernstein Members involved:
Viola Priesemann
Ilka Diester
Andreas Draghun
Anton Sirota
Markus Diesmann

Criticality in Neural Systems 2022: Collective Behavior, Synchronization, and Complexity

07.11. – 09.11.2022
Hybrid event: Bethesda, MD, USA and online

Keeping line with previous editions of the Brain Criticality conferences series, this conference will present the latest experimental and theoretical advancements in the study of critical phenomena in brain activity and their functional relevance. While preserving emphasis on criticality, this edition will feature as well communications about general collective behavior and dynamic complexity in the brain (and other biological systems).

Bernstein Members involved:
Ad Aertsen
Moritz Helias
Anna Levina
Pawel Romanczuk

EITN Fall School in Computational Neuroscience 2022

21.09. – 30.09.2022
Paris, France
Fall School

The EITN Fall School in Computational Neuroscience consists of a 10-day course in theoretical and computational neuroscience, from cellular to whole-brain levels. The course is structured in thematic days with lectures, tutorials, and project work.

The course is typically aimed for PhD students, young postdocs, or master students interested to learn more about techniques of computational neuroscience, and the use of various simulation environments for model building. The students will form thematic groups to work on predefined subjects, with the help of tutors.

Bernstein Members involved:
Hermann Cuntz
Moritz Helias
Sacha van Albada

Interdisciplinary Approaches in the Neurosciences: From Mitochondria to Behaviour and Neuromorphic Engineering

12.09. – 12.09.2022

Understanding the brain remains a fascinating challenge that requires the exchange across many disciplines – from the molecular to behavioural sciences – and also involves computational and engineering approaches. In this scientific symposium we bring together researchers from diverse neuroscientific backgrounds who will share their latest insights into neural processing and engage into a lively interdisciplinary debate.

Bernstein Members involved:
Susanne Schreiber

Einblicke ins Denken: Von Nervenzellen, Orientierungssinn und dem Glück andere zu verstehen

11.09. – 11.09.2022
Public Event Bernstein Conference in Kooperation mit der Berlin-Brandenburgischen Akademie der Wissenschaft

Unser Gehirn ist ein faszinierendes Organ. Täglich werden wir Zeuge seiner komplexen Fähigkeiten, aber seine Funktionsweise ist immer noch nicht vollständig verstanden. Selbst die einfach aufgebauten Nervensysteme kleinerer Tiere, wie etwa von Insekten, stellen uns noch vor große Rätsel. Besonders spannend ist dabei die Frage, wie aus der elektrischen Aktivität von Hunderten bis Millionen von Nervenzellen Verhalten entsteht.

Bernstein Members involved:
Susanne Schreiber

International Interdisciplinary Computational Cognitive Science Summer School

05.09. – 09.09.2022
Tübingen & Online
Summer School

The Interdisciplinary Computational Cognitive Science Spring School (IICCSSS) is an annual educational meeting for students and young researchers interested in computational approaches to brain and cognitive sciences.

Bernstein Members involved:
Jan Kirchner

AI, Neuroscience and Hardware: From Neural to Artificial Systems and Back Again

07.09. – 08.09.2022
DZNE Campus, Bonn, Germany

“Nature”-Conference “AI, Neuroscience and Hardware” focuses on exchange between biology and IT technology Bonn - Experts from Germany and abroad are invited to Bonn from September 7 to 8, 2022, to discuss current developments at the interface between Artificial Intelligence (AI), brain research, and neuroscience. The conference is hosted by DZNE and presented jointly with the scientific journals Nature Electronics, Nature Machine Intelligence and Nature Communications.

Bernstein Members involved:
Matthias Bethge

KogWis 2022 – Understanding Minds

05.09. – 07.09.2022
Freiburg, Germany

The theme “Understanding Minds” reflects two perspectives: The conference provides a forum for all topics in the study of how minds – both human and artificial – operate. The theme also puts a specific spotlight on how cognitive systems make sense of the world, in particular in language comprehension and communication.

IBRO-SIMONS Computational Neuroscience IMBIZO

12.08. – 04.09.2022
Muizenberg Cape Town, South Africa

Imbizo is a Xhosa word meaning "a gathering to share knowledge". The IBRO-SIMONS Computational Neuroscience Imbizo, or ISi-CNI is exactly that: an opportunity for African and international students to learn about cutting edge research techniques in computational neuroscience.

Bernstein Members involved:
Henning Sprekeler, Technical University Berlin

MBL – Methods in Computational Neuroscience

27.07. – 24.08.2022
Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, USA
Summer School

Methods in Computational Neuroscience introduces students to the computational and mathematical techniques that are used to address how the brain solves these problems at levels of neural organization ranging from single membrane channels to operations of the entire brain.
Application deadline: March 30, 2022

Bernstein Members involved:
Julijana Gjorgjieva, Max Planck Institute for Brain Research, Frankfurt, & TU Munich, Germany

CAJAL training course Computational Neuroscience

17.07. – 06.08.2022
Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown, Portugal
Training Course

This three-weeks school teaches the central ideas, methods, and practice of modern computational neuroscience through a combination of lectures and hands-on project work.

Bernstein Members involved:
Julijana Gjorgjieva, Max Planck Institute for Brain Research, Frankfurt, Germany

Primate Cognitive Neuroscience Summer School 2022

24.07. – 05.08.2022
Bad Bevensen
Summer School

This newly established European Summer School will bring together PhD students, early postdocs, and an international list of faculty for an intense training programme in primate cognitive and systems neuroscience. It will provide an outstanding training opportunity for young scientists working with non-human primates.

Bernstein Members involved:
Hansjörg Scherberger, German Primate Center
Alexander Gail, German Primate Center
Stefan Treue, German Primate Center

MBL – Neural Systems & Behavior

28.05. – 24.07.2022
Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, USA
Summer School

The Neural Systems and Behavior (NS&B) Course is the premier discovery-driven training opportunity for the next generation of neuroethologists and systems neuroscientists. It is an 8 week intensive lecture and laboratory course held at the Marine Biological Lab in Woods Hole, MA, every summer.
Application deadline: February 1, 2022

Bernstein Members involved:
Michael Brecht, HU Berlin

FENS Forum 2022

09.07. – 13.07.2022
Paris, France

Europe’s largest international neuroscience conference, covering all domains in modern brain research from basic to translational research.

5th Göttingen Night of Knowledge (German only)

09.07. – 09.07.2022
Science fair

More than 420 events at 34 locations!
At the 5th Night of Knowledge, the scientific institutions at the Göttingen Campus show what they got: Discover what is going on behind the doors of lecture halls, libraries, collections and labs.

Bernstein Members involved:
Alexander Ecker
Fabian Sinz
Michael Wibral
Tim Gollisch


07.07. – 08.07.2022
Paris, France
Student Conference

The main aim of ENCODS is to provide a space for early-career neuroscientists where they can share their research in the form of talks and poster presentations. The ENCODS meeting is organised in partnership with the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS).

2022 International Conference on Mathematical Neuroscience – Digital Edition

06.07. – 08.07.2022

The International Conference on Mathematical Neuroscience (ICMNS) is an inter-disciplinary conference series, bringing together theoretical/computational neuroscientists and mathematicians. The conferences are aimed at scientists interested in using or developing mathematical techniques for neuroscience problems.

Bernstein Members involved:
Tilo Schwalger, TU Berlin
Wilhelm Stannat, TU Berlin

9th Baltic-Nordic Summer School on Neuroinformatics (BNNI 2022)

04.07. – 08.07.2022
Krakow, Poland
Summer School

The course is interdisciplinary and covers modeling at different levels of organization of the brain as well as elements of machine learning. The course combines lectures, tutorials and computer exercises for computational modeling and analysis of brain functions at multiple physiological and anatomical scales.

Bernstein Members involved:
Hermann Cuntz
Gaute Einevoll
Peter Jedlicka

FENS satellite symposium “Understanding Neural Circuit Evolution”

07.07. – 08.07.2022
Paris, France

The FENS satellite symposium “Understanding Neural Circuit Evolution” will present exciting lines of research into neural circuit evolution from paleobiology to computational neuroscience and to the molecular and genetic generation of neuro-behavioral diversity. Organized by the German Research Foundation Priority Program “Evolutionary Optimization of Neuronal Processing”, the symposium is designed to make the full spectrum of progress in neural circuit evolution accessible to a wide neuroscience audience, to build bridges between experimental, computational and paleobiological research approaches, and to foster the emergence of a comprehensive conceptual framework for studies of neural circuit evolution.

Bernstein Members involved:
Marion Sillies
Fred Wolf
Fabian Pallasdies
Susanne Schreiber


28.06. – 02.07.2022
Nomikos Conference Centre Santorini, Greece

Research in Encoding And Decoding of Neural Ensembles

Bernstein Members involved:
Stefan Treue, German Primate Center Göttingen

OIST Computational Neuroscience Course

13.06. – 29.06.2022
Okinawa, Japan
Summer School

A project-oriented course designed to teach computational neuroscience based on the STEPS, NEURON, Brian, NEST and Python software packages.

Bernstein Members involved:
Gaute Einevoll, Norwegian University of Life Sciences
Viola Priesemann, MPG Göttingen, Germany

NEST Conference 2022

23.06. – 24.06.2022

The NEST Conference provides an opportunity for the NEST Community to meet, exchange success stories, swap advice, learn about current developments in and around NEST spiking network simulation and its application.

Bernstein Members involved:
Hans Ekkehard Plesser

Brain Connectivity Workshop 2022

13.06. – 15.06.2022

Founded in 2002, the Brain Connectivity Workshop (BCW) is an annual international meeting for in-depth discussions of all aspects of brain connectivity research. By bringing together experts in computational neuroscience, neuroscience methodology and experimental neuroscience, it aims to improve the understanding of the relationship between anatomical connectivity, brain dynamics and cognitive function.

Bernstein Members involved:
Petra Ritter

EMBO Workshop – Dendrites 2020: Dendritic anatomy, molecules and function

23.05. – 26.05.2022
Heraklion, Greece

The goal of this EMBO Workshop is to bring together scientific leaders from around the world whose latest work on molecular, biophysical, anatomical, computational and/or functional aspects of dendrites can further our understanding of how these beautiful structures contribute to different brain functions and their abnormalities.

Bernstein Members involved:
Hermann Cuntz, Ernst Strüngmann Institute for Neuroscience, Frankfurt a. M.
Julijana Gjorgjieva, Max Planck Institute for Brain Research, Frankfurt a.M.; Technical University of Munich

Online conference: How do brains work?

18.04. – 21.04.2022

In this workshop experts penetrate these questions in depth and summarize the experimental evidence for stationarities and attractors in central nervous systems dynamics.

Bernstein Members involved:
Daniel Durstewitz, University of Heidelberg
Tatjana Tchumatchenko, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

Was ist Riechen? Die Physiologie eines uralten Sinnes

07.04. – 07.04.2022
Öffentlicher Vortrag und Diskussion

Es ist ein weites Forschungsfeld, wie das Riechen über Rezeptoren in der Nasenschleimhaut bis zur Reizsynthese in der Großhirnrinde funktioniert – während die Erforschung des Sehens schon deutlich weiter vorangeschritten ist. Wie funktioniert Riechen? Warum ist der Geruchssinn besonders anfällig für Infektionen mit CoVid? Inwiefern ist der Geruchssinn mit dem Geschmackssinn verknüpft? Weshalb wird der menschliche Geruchssinn häufig unterschätzt?

Zeit: 19:30 - 21:00 Uhr

Kostenbeitrag: frei – Spende erbeten

Bernstein Members involved:
Veronika Egger, Universität Regensburg

Growing Up in Science (GUIS) – Berlin

28.10. – 31.03.2022
Seminar series

In Growing Up in Science (GUIS) – Berlin, we would like to present more honest stories about working in academia. In every talk, we feature a scholar’s story focusing on doubts, struggles, detours and failures throughout all career stages. In this series, we aim to examine the hidden human factors of working and succeeding in academia in depth and in the context of a broader narrative.

Bernstein Members involved:
Martin Rolfs, HU Berlin
Anna-Lena Eckert, Charité Berlin

Cosyne 2022

17.03. – 22.03.2022
Lisbon/ Cascais, Portugal

The annual Cosyne meeting provides an inclusive forum for the exchange of empirical and theoretical approaches to problems in systems neuroscience, in order to understand how neural systems function.

Bernstein Members involved:
Susanne Schreiber, HU Berlin
Laura Busse, LMU Munich
Alexander Ecker, University of Göttingen
Jens Kremkow, Charité Berlin

Hybrid Interdisciplinary College 2022

07.03. – 17.03.2022
Möhnesee-Günne/ online
spring school

The Interdisciplinary College (IK) is an annual, intense one-week spring school which offers a dense state-of-the-art course program in neurobiology, neural computation, cognitive science/psychology, artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics and philosophy. It is aimed at students, postgraduates and researchers from academia and industry. By combining humanities, science and technology, the IK endeavours to intensify dialogue between the various disciplines. Participants come mainly – but not exclusively – from European countries, lecturers from all over the world.

Bernstein Members involved:
Jutta Kretzberg, University of Oldenburg

Menschliches Bewusstsein und Künstliche Intelligenz – eine grenzüberschreitende Beziehung?

15.03. – 15.03.2022
Öffentliche Veranstaltung

Die Frage, wodurch sich menschliches Bewusstsein auszeichnet, gewinnt angesichts der Entwicklungen auf dem Feld der Künstlichen Intelligenz besondere Brisanz. Wie lässt sich künstliche Intelligenz von menschlicher Intelligenz abgrenzen? Kann ein selbstlernendes System ein Bewusstsein entwickeln? Lernen wir in der Interaktion mit Maschinen Neues über unser Mensch-Sein und welche ethischen Fragen werden dabei aufgeworfen? Wie verhält es sich mit der Beziehung zwischen Mensch und Künstlicher Intelligenz, wenn Emotionen ins Spiel kommen?
Eine Veranstaltung im Rahmen der Brain Awareness Week.

Bernstein Members involved:
John-Dylan Haynes


10.03. – 12.03.2022

The congress will be held in German.

2nd Expert Summit on the Future of Deep Brain Stimulation

07.03. – 09.03.2022
Würzburg, Germany

organized by the Collaborative Research Centre Retune 295 „Retuning dynamic motor network disorders by neuromodulation“

Bernstein Members involved:
Julian Neumann, Charité Berlin

Winter School “Ethics of Neuroscience and AI” 2022

28.02. – 04.03.2022
Berlin and/ or online
Winter School

The 11th Winter School "Ethics of Neuroscience and AI" is taking place on Feb 28 - March 4, 2022. 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, BCCN Berlin

6th HBP Student Conference on Interdisciplinary Brain Research

22.02. – 25.02.2022
online, Innsbruck, Austria (Hybrid Event)
Student Conference

The 6th HBP Student Conference provides an open forum for the exchange of new ideas among early career researchers working across various scientific fields relevant to the Human Brain Project (HBP).

Bernstein Members involved:
Sandra Diaz, Forschungszentrum Jülich

Künstliche Intelligenz, Data Science und Gesellschaft

26.10. – 08.02.2022

Im Rahmen des Vorlesungsprogramms sollen die verschiedenen Aspekte der Künstlichen Intelligenz und Data Science vorgestellt und diskutiert werden. Somit wird ein umfassender Einblick in dieses facettenreiche Forschungsfeld gewährt, welches sowohl die Grundlagen und Anwendungen von Künstlicher Intelligenz und Data Science als auch deren Auswirkungen in unserer Gesellschaft umfassen. Zugleich bietet diese Veranstaltung die Möglichkeit die Zusammenhänge zwischen den einzelnen Disziplinen aufzuzeigen und über Grenzen und Möglichkeiten aufzuklären.

Bernstein Members involved:
Florentin Wörgötter, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
Alexander Ecker, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
Viola Priesemann, Max-Planck-Institut für Dynamik und Selbstorganisation, Göttingen
Fabian Sinz, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen

Wege zur Erforschung des Gehirns

18.10. – 07.02.2022

Das Bernstein Center Freiburg und die Fakultät für Biologie laden im Wintersemester 2021/2022 wieder zur Ringvorlesung "Wege zur Erforschung des Gehirns" zu vielen spannenden Fragen, kreativen Ansätzen und praxisbezogenen Methoden rund um das Thema Neurowissenschaften ein.

Großer Hörsaal Biologie II/III, Schänzlestraße 1, 79104 Freiburg – Montags 19:00 Uhr

Einlass ab 18:15 Uhr!

Bernstein Members involved:
Alexander Borst, MPI für Neurobiologie, Martinsried
Stefan Treue, Deutsches Primatenzentrum, Georg-August Universität Göttingen
Christian Leibold, BCF Freiburg
Ad Aertsen, BCF Freiburg (Organisation)
Stefan Rotter, BCF Freiburg (Organisation)

Information Day 2022 – “International Graduate Program(s) Computational Neuroscience”

26.01. – 26.01.2022
Berlin & online

The BCCN Berlin will hold an information day regarding the Master- and PhD-Programs in Computational Neuroscience offered by the center.

Bernstein Members involved:
Klaus Obermayer, TU Berlin

Advancing your neuroscientific research to the next level

18.01. – 20.01.2022
Jülich/ online

How to use high performance computing and cloud services to answer your scientific questions

Bernstein Members involved:
Abigail Morrison, Simlab Neuroscience, Jülich
Maren Frings, Simlab Neuroscience, Jülich