Neural Coding, Computation and Dynamics (NCCD)

August 30 - September 2, 2015

Bilbao, Spain

This is the second in a series of meetings focusing on topics in theoretical and experimental neuroscience. This year the focus will be on the interplay between excitation (E) and inhibition (I) in cortical circuits. The balance between E and I, an idea proposed twenty years ago to account for the stochastic nature of cortical activity, has been seminal in the understanding of some basic principles of neural network dynamics. We are seeking talks that, building on this paradigm, present recent findings on topics such as neuronal variability and stochastic dynamics, the role of the different subtypes of interneurons, plasticity and structure in EI networks, brain state and network dynamics, etc.

As with the first NCCD, our goal is to foster the strong interactions we believe are so important for this field. So the meeting will be small (~70 people). About half the talks will be invited and half contributed, and there will be poster sessions on two of the nights. Time for informal discussion will be emphasised during breaks and at mealtimes — with breakfast, lunch and dinner at the conference hotel being included in the cost of registration.

Important dates:
May 15: Abstracts due
June 4: Registration due

Preliminary schedule
Starts: August 30, 6 pm
Ends: September 2, 3 pm

Invited speakers (all confirmed)
Dean Buonomano, University of California at Los Angeles
Jess Cardin, Yale
Sophie Deneve, ENS
Brent Doiron, University of Pittsburgh
Andrea Hasenstaub, UCSF
Mike Hausser, UCL
Carl Petersen, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne
Karel Svoboda, Janelia Farm
Tim Vogels, Oxford
Fred Wolf, University of Gottingen

Travel grants
Thanks to very generous grants from the Gatsby Charitable Foundation and the Wellcome Trust, we will have a limited number of travel grants (20-25) for students and postdocs. Click here to apply.

Jaime de la Rocha, IDIBAPS, jrochav -at-
Maneesh Sahani, Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit, UCL, maneesh -at-
Peter Latham, Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit, UCL, pel -at-
Pedro Goncalves, Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit, UCL, pedrog -at-