Bernstein Student Workshop Series

The Bernstein Student Workshop Series is an initiative of the student members of the Bernstein Network. It provides a unique opportunity to enhance the technical exchange on a peer-to-peer basis. The series is motivated by the idea of bridging the gap between theoretical and experimental neuroscience by bringing together methodological expertise in the network.

Unlike conventional workshops, a talented junior scientist will first give a tutorial about a specific theoretical or experimental technique, and then give a talk about their own research to demonstrate how the technique helps to address neuroscience questions.

The workshop series is designed to cover a wide range of theoretical and experimental techniques and to elucidate how different techniques can be applied to answer different types of neuroscience questions. Combining the technical tutorial and the research talk, the workshop series aims to promote knowledge sharing in the community and enhance in-depth discussions among students from diverse backgrounds.

To register for the workshop series, please click here.

If you would like to apply to be a speaker, please fill out this form.

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Next Workshop: TBA


Yue Kris Wu
Max Planck Institute for Brain Research, Frankfurt am Main

Roxana Zeraati
Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Tübingen

Past Bernstein Student Workshops


Experimental Session

Lílian de Sardenberg Schmid, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics

Tutorial: Calcium imaging – from molecules to fluorescence to (whole-brain) neural activity data

Talk: Integration of internal brain dynamics and changing environmental resources during zebrafish foraging


Computational Session

James Malkin, University of Bristol

Tutorial: Probabilistic synapses in Bayesian neural networks

Talk: Energy efficient synapses perform approximate Bayesian inference


Computational Session

Natalie Schieferstein, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Tutorial: Analyzing the dynamics of spiking neural networks at microscopic and mean-field scale

Talk: An interneuron network model explains the transient dynamics of hippocampal ripple oscillations


Experimental Session

Franz Mittermaier, Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin

Tutorial: Multi-Neuron Patch-Clamp Recording

Talk: Physiomic Analysis of the Human L2&3 Pyramidal Neuron Network


Computational Session

Friedrich Schuessler, Technion, Isreal Institute of Technology

Tutorial: Analyzing Learning in Recurrent Neural Network via Low-Rank Connectivity

Talk: Aligned and Oblique Dynamics in Recurrent Neural Networks