Connecting European Neuroscience

Memory mechanisms in humans: from physiology to behavior and computational models

11-17 December 2016, Obergurgl, Austria


Since the groundbreaking description of patient H.M. in the 1950’s, our understanding of human memory, and the mechanisms underlying memory functions, has increased dramatically in the last decades.

In this respect, synergetic advances have been made in several fronts: from the study of memory abilities in normal subjects, to the description of dysfunctions following lesions in patients; from the study of detailed molecular mechanisms giving rise to memory formation and consolidation, to the characterization of neuronal mechanisms, at the single cell and the population level, underlying memory processes. All these studies were in turn complemented with animal models and the development of detailed computational modeling.

Through extensive interactions with leaders in the field, this school will provide a comprehensive overview of both the basic and the latest knowledge about memory functions and their underlying mechanisms in humans. The school is aimed at PhD students and postdocs, preferably working on memory or with a strong interest in this area.

Scientific chairs

Rodrigo Quian Quiroga, University of Leicester, UK   Simon Thorpe, CNRS - CerCo (Toulouse University, UMR 5549), FR

Faculty members

Roberto Cabeza - Duke University - USA
Christian Döller - Donders Institute - The Netherlands
Yadin Dudai - Weizmann Institute - Israel
Emrah Duezel - University College London - UK
Guillen Fernandez - Donders Institute - The Netherlands
Edmund Rolls - Oxford University - UK
Haim Sompolinsky - Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Israel
Andreas Tolias - Baylor College of Medicine - USA
Alessandro Treves - International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) - Italy
Sylvia Wirth - University of Lyon - France

Registration and stipends

  • Fee: FENS Members: 495 EUR
             FENS Non-members: 575 EUR
  • Registration fee covers tuition, accommodation and meals.
  • FENS offers 4 stipends (covering the registration fee) for candidates from disadvantaged countries. Any applicant in need of a grant should however first try to request it from the lab, institution or government if possible. You can apply for a stipend inside the application form. 


Universitätszentrum Obergurgl, Austria











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