Connecting European Neuroscience

Advanced Course in Computational Neuroscience

9 - 29 August 2015, Champalimaud Foundation, Portugal

  • Computational Neuroscience is a rapidly evolving field whose methods and techniques are critical for understanding and modeling the brain, and also for designing and interpreting experiments. Mathematical modeling is one of the few tools available to cut through the vast complexity of neurobiological systems and their many interacting elements. 
  • This 3-weeks school teaches the central ideas, methods, and practice of modern computational neuroscience. The course will provide a broad overview of theoretical techniques that are critical for understanding and modeling the brain, and for designing and interpreting experiments. A range of theoretical topics is covered, including cellular biophysics, neural network dynamics, neural coding and computation, and behavioral and cognitive aspects of neural function.

Course directors

5 – 7 August 2015: Pre-school on Programming and Mathematics

The main course ‘Advanced Course in Computational Neuroscience’ is aimed at students with a biological/experimental background (“experimentalists”) and with a quantitative background (“theorists”). Two of the primary objectives of the course are to help students cross the traditional discipline boundaries that most are still trained in, and to get experimentalists and theorists to collaborate on a research project.

As a consequence, the experimentalists will have to improve their level of mathematics and programming skills; and the theorists, their level of (neuro-)biology. However, while theorists engaged on a course project would usually manage with limited neurobiological background, experimentalists would need some proficiency in programming and a solid understanding of the underlying mathematics.

To level the playing field and counterbalance this asymmetry, we wish to offer a pre-school to teach students with little or no programming skills the basics of modern programming languages (e.g., MATLAB or Python). The pre-school will also provide refreshers on standard math topics such as linear algebra and calculus, important to better follow the course.

It is understood that a three-day school cannot be a replacement for the mathematical education that students from quantitative disciplines enjoy. However, many experimentalist course applicants have had mathematics in high school and at university, but are no longer used to working with those disciplines on a daily basis. The pre-school is thus considered as a helpful review, which will prevent students from losing time during the actual course.

Please note that the Pre-school is not included in the main course tuition fee and therefore, an extra € 245 fee applies. In order to register for the pre-school, please click on the "yes" option under the "Do you wish to register for the Pre-school on Math and Programming?" question in the main application form.

For further information on the course programme, instructors and techniques go to the course local website.

  • Registration
  • Fee for the main course: 2.250€ (it includes tuition fee, accommodation and meals)
  • Additional fee for the Pre-school:  € 245

Funding will be available for this course. A message will be sent to applicants with more information closer to the course starting date. Any applicant in need of a grant is encouraged to request it from their lab, institution or government, if possible. 

Champalimaud Foundation, Portugal

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