Connecting European Neuroscience

Biosensors and actuators for cellular and systems neuroscience

23 June – 13 July 2019, Bordeaux Neurocampus, France

Applications are open    

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Deadline: 4 March 2019

Optical techniques have become indispensable for biological research in recent decades. Systems neuroscience has seen some of the most exciting developments in this regard, following the development of genetically-encoded biosensors and actuators that allow multi-modal interrogation of neural circuit function. This course will provide participants with an in-depth understanding of the principles behind the design and application of these tools, and enable hands-on experience with optogenetic and chemogenetic actuators and with genetically encoded reporters of calcium, voltage and metabolism. Experimental work will span a wide range of systems and experimental preparations, utilizing standard microscopy methods as well as advanced hardware for parallel excitation and imaging of neuronal circuits. In addition to the practical aspects of utilizing these powerful tools, the course will cover the conceptual issues of data analysis and interpretation.

Course director

Ofer Yizhar
Weizmann Institute of Science


Michael Lin
Stanford University
Sandrine Pouvreau
University of Bordeaux


Keynote Speakers

Haruhiko Bito - Tokyo University, Japan
Karl Deisseroth - Stanford University , USA
Stéphane Dieudonné - Inserm - Institut de Biologie de l'École Normale Supérieure (IBENS), France
Valentina Emiliani - Paris Descartes University, France
Oliver Griesbeck - MPI for Neurobiology , Germany
Peter Hegemann - Humboldt University , Germany
Thomas Kash - University of North Carolina , USA
Thomas Oertner - Hamburg Eppendorf University, Germany
Scott Sternson - Janelia Research Campus, HHMI, USA
Ryohei Yasuda - Max Planck Florida Institute , USA



Applications will open in January 2019.

Fee : 3.500 € (includes tuition fee, accommodation and meals)

The CAJAL programme offers 4 stipends per course (waived registration fee, not including travel expenses). Please apply through the course online application form. In order to identify candidates in real need of a stipend, any grant applicant is encouraged to first request funds from their lab, institution or government.

Kindly note that if you benefited from a Cajal stipend in the past, you are no longer eligible to receive this kind of funding. However other types of funding (such as partial travel grants from sponsors) might be made available after the participants selection process, depending on the course.

If you are a member of the Japan Neuroscience Society (JNS), please check the application call for partial grants on the JNS website. Deadline 22 January 2019.

If you are a member of the Australasian Neuroscience Society (ANS), partial grants are available. To be considered for funding, please indicate that you are a member inside the course application form in the stipend section.


This course is organised in partnership with the Bordeaux Imaging Center (BIC).




Bordeaux Neurocampus, France

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Boost your technical skills

The following Cajal hands-on courses are open for applications:

Brain Homeostasis and Neurovascular Coupling
19 May - 8 June 2019
Deadline: 3 February

Biosensors and actuators for cellular and systems neuroscience
23 June – 13 July 2019
Deadline: 4 March

Interacting with neural circuits
14 July – 3 August 2019
Deadline: 11 March

Computational Neuroscience
11-31 August 2019
Deadline: 11 March