18th Conference of the Junior Neuroscientists of Tübingen

This years NeNa conference takes place October 16-18 in the Black Forest.

Brain scaling in evolution and evolution of systems

16-18th October, 2017

The Conference of the Junior Neuroscientists of Tübingen (NeNa) brings together PhD and Master-Students from various backgrounds in the diverse field of neuroscience. It provides a forum for junior scientists to present and discuss their scientific work, exchange their knowledge and experience with peers in an interdisciplinary and intercultural environment.

Keynote lecture topics and invited speakers

Hailing from Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Prof. Suzana Herculano-Houzel now works at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, where she spends her days liquefying brains with detergents and preparing brain soup. Most recently, Herculano-Houzel was in Tubingen for the CIN-NIPS conference last October, and we are glad to have her on board with us this year for NeNa 2017, where she will share her insights into the age-old question of what makes us human, our unique position amidst the animal kingdom; and introduce us to the evolution of brain scaling. If you have not yet had the chance to get your hands on her latest book, ‘The Human Advantage: A New Understanding of How Our Brain Became Remarkable’, then join us this year for NeNa and ask about how she debunked the myth that a larger brain bestows greater intelligence, what makes Vanderbilt University students so happy, or how to get brains through customs. Seriously, we hope she’ll be able to get some brain soup through customs for us.

TED Talk: www.youtube.com/watch

Hailing from Germany, Prof. Günther Palm started his scientific work at the Max-Planck-Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tübingen on the topics of nonlinear systems, associative memory and brain theory, where he published seminal works with and as one of the founders of cybernetics and systems neuroscience, such as Valentino Braitenberg, David Marr and Tomasso Poggio. In 1983/84 he was a fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin. From 1988 to 1991 he was the professor for theoretical brain research at the University of Düsseldorf. Since then he is professor for computer science and head of the Department of Neural Information Processing at the University of Ulm. His scientific works are in the field of information theory, neural networks, associative memory and Hebbian cell assemblies. He has been the editor of various journals including Neural Networks and Neurocomputing, apart from having published many books on theoretical neuroscience. Join us at NeNa this year to hear from a legend of computational neuroscience.

Registration: The conference is from Monday, 16th October to Wednesday, 18th October, 2017. The deadline for registration is September 15th, 2017. For registration. Please click here to register - sites.google.com/site/nenaconference/home

Once participants have successfully registered, they can enter their data and upload their abstract. Note that any changes in the abstract and all desired information can be made until the deadline.

The conference language is English and the conference fee is Euro 45.- (price includes bus transfer from Tübingen to the conference location, accommodation, meals as well as coffee and beverages during the day).

Travel Funds: A restricted number of travel awards for students outside Tübingen and Germany are available. Early registration will facilitate the travel award application process.

Location: The conference will take place at the Tagungshaus Schramberg in the black forest.(http://familienerholungswerk.de/projekt01/de/schramberg).

Sponsors: The NeNa 2017 is supported by the Graduate Training Centre of Neuroscience/International Max Planck Research School Tübingen and the Centre for Integrative Neuroscience.

For further information please have a look at http://www.neuroschool-tuebingen-nena.de/ and feel free to contact us at nena-konferenz@uni-tuebingen.de

Yours sincerely,