Main Content

S U M M E R   S C H O O L  -
Visual Neurosciences: from Spikes to Awareness

Rauischholzhausen Castle (near Frankfurt, Germany)
September 6-18, 2020

Application opens: February 10, 2020
Application deadline: March 27, 2020

Organizers: Wolfgang Einhäuser-Treyer, Roland Fleming, Alexander Schütz

Visual neuroscience involves a wide variety of methods and approaches - computational theory, neurophysiology, neuroanatomy, functional imaging, psychophysics, neuropsychology, and others - and illustrates perhaps more clearly than any other area of brain research, the overriding need to combine and coordinate these diverse efforts.

The European Summer School exposes young vision researchers - at the late pre-doctoral or early post-doctoral level - to the principal methods and seminal issues of contemporary visual neuroscience. In addition, it seeks to build a basic fluency in the emerging lingua franca of computational neuroscience. The range of topics is broad, literally from spikes to awareness, and the pace correspondingly brisk. This intensive experience should allow participants to take a broader view of, and make more informed decisions about, their future research direction.

The European Summer School is taught by leading researchers in neurobiology, neuropsychology, psychophysics, and theoretical neuroscience. Two thematically related topics are covered each day, with approximately 3 hours allotted to each (including discussion time). An after-dinner discussion provides an opportunity to contrast and compare the day’s lectures. In addition, students pursue computational and theoretical projects (based on Matlab) during the afternoon, to experiment with key concepts and techniques of computational neuroscience.

Confirmed speakers in 2020 are:

  • Wyeth Bair (Seattle),
  • James Bisley (Los Angeles),
  • Karl Gegenfurtner (Giessen),
  • Ulrike Grünert (Sydney),
  • Zoe Kourtzi (Cambridge),
  • Larry Maloney (New York),
  • Pascal Mamassian (Paris),
  • Paul Martin (Sydney),
  • Tony Movshon (New York),
  • Anitha Pasupathy (Seattle),
  • Pieter Roelfsema (Amsterdam),
  • Ruth Rosenholtz (MIT),
  • Claire Sergent (Paris),
  • Stefan Treue (Göttingen),
  • Andrew Welchman (Cambridge),
  • Felix Wichmann (Tübingen)

The European Summer School meets at idyllic and inspiring Schloss Rauischholzhausen in Hessia, Germany. The main selection criterion for participants is the degree of benefit that each applicant can be expected to derive from the course. In addition, the organizers attempt to balance fields, nationalities, and genders among participants.

The tuition, which covers the room plus all meals (breakfast/lunch/dinner) during the school amounts to 500 €.

Details for the application process can be found at the website.

We look forward to welcoming you to the summer school.

Wolfgang Einhäuser-Treyer, Roland Fleming, Alexander Schütz

PS: A poster for advertising this school at your department can be downloaded here