Global Brain

The Simons Collaboration on the Global Brain (SCGB) aims to expand our understanding of the role of internal brain processes in the arc from sensation to action, thereby discovering the nature, role and mechanisms of the neural activity that produces cognition.

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  • July 9 - 13, 2022

    Paris, France
    Related FENS Forum 2022

    Europe’s largest international neuroscience conference, covering all domains in modern brain research from basic to translational research.

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  • July 11 - 29, 2022

  • July 17 - August 6, 2022

    The Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown, Lisbon
    Related CAJAL Computational Neuroscience Summer Course

    The course teaches the central ideas, methods, and practices of modern computational neuroscience through a combination of lectures and hands-on project work. During the course’s mornings, distinguished international faculty deliver lectures on topics across the entire breadth of experimental and computational neuroscience. For the remainder of the time, students work on research projects in teams of 2 to 3 people under close supervision of expert tutors and faculty.
    Application deadline extended: March 28, 2022

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  • July 25 - 27, 2022

    Janelia Research Campus
    Related NWB User Days 2022

    The Neurodata Without Borders project (NWB, is an effort to standardize the description and storage of neurophysiology data and metadata. NWB enables data sharing and reuse and reduces the energy-barrier to applying data analytics both within and across labs. The purpose of the hackathon is to bring the experimental neurophysiology community together to further adoption and the development of NWB, the NWB software libraries, and the progress of the scientific workflows that rely on NWB. Members of the community will exchange ideas and best practices for using NWB and the libraries, share NWB based tools, surface common needs, solve bugs, make feature requests, brainstorm about future funding and collaboration, and make progress on current blockages. Application deadline June 1.

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  • July 27 - August 24, 2022

    Woods Hole, MA
    Related Methods in Computational Neuroscience

    MCN introduces students to the computational and mathematical techniques that are used to address how the brain solves problems at levels of neural organization ranging from single membrane channels to operations of the entire brain. This course is appropriate for graduate students, postdocs and faculty in a variety of fields, from zoology, ethology, and neurobiology, to physics, engineering, and mathematics. Students are expected to have a strong background in one discipline, and to have made some effort to introduce themselves to a complementary discipline. Deadline: March 30, 2022

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  • August 12 - September 4, 2022

    Cape Town, South Africa
    Related IBRO-Simons Computational Neuroscience Imbizo

    isiCNI is an opportunity for African and international students to learn about cutting edge research techniques in computational neuroscience. The format of the school will be a combination of intensive lectures on advanced topics in computational and theoretical neuroscience as well as practical exercises in simulation and data analysis. In addition, students will perform a mini-research project under the supervision of one of the school tutors, to be presented at the end of the school. Deadline Feb 4, 2022.

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  • August 21 - September 4, 2022

    Seattle, WA
    Related Summer Workshop on the Dynamic Brain

    An intensive, project-based residential course with a focus on the neurobiology of sensory processing, coding, and neural population dynamics. This program is intended for researchers at the graduate and postdoctoral level with an interest in developing the intersection of their scientific knowledge and their computational skills. Applications due February 1, 2022.

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  • September 4 - 15, 2022

    Cluny, France
    Related NeuroBridges 2022

    A Mediterranean, Middle Eastern Summer School in Neuroscience. In this ten-day summer school, students will attend lectures delivered by leading neuroscientists, experimentalists as well as theoreticians, which will address the fundamental questions in the field of decision making. In addition to the lectures, the students will work in groups on small research projects. The school is intended for graduate students and postdocs, primarily (but not only) from the Middle East and the Mediterranean region, either working in their home countries or abroad. We will consider applicants with some background in related fields in neuroscience or cognitive psychology. Application will open March 15, 2022.

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  • September 25 - 30, 2022

    Ascona, Switzerland
    Related The Assembly and Function of Neural Circuits

    The Ascona 2022 Neuronal Circuits Meeting will present work on how specific neuronal circuits encode information and drive behavior, on how brain systems interact to produce specific functions, on the developmental and genetic basis of circuit function, on circuit function in social behaviors, on the function of neuromodulatory systems in animal behavior, and on how circuit adjustments and brain states influence learning and behavior. Application deadline: April 30th, 2022

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  • September 28, 2022

    Related NeuroDataReHack: Generating new insights from existing neurophysiology data through secondary analysis

    September 28th, 2022: Virtual Data Showcase

    October 3-5, 2022: Allen Institute, Seattle, WA, USA

    The DANDI Archive now has over 90 publicly available neurophysiology datasets, standardized using NWB, including cutting edge data produced by the OpenScope project which has been designed and packaged to enable secondary analysis. Come to the Allen Institute to learn how to access and analyze these datasets efficiently and work together or solo on a re-analysis project of your design. Software developers and scientists will be available to assist attendees on their projects. Explore the datasets at Applications are due June 17.

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Research Highlights

Mice exhibit stochastic and efficient action switching during probabilistic decision making

CC Beron, SQ Neufeld, S. Linderman, B. Sabatini

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