Workshop: How does the brain work?

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How does the brain work?

Copenhagen, September 14th - 16th 2016

This workshop will bring together leading experimentalists and leading theoreticians in neuroscience to openly discuss ideas for a common brain theory. The workshop will take place in at the Carlsberg Academy in Copenhagen Sept. 14-16, 2016. The workshop is funded by the Dynamical Systems Interdisciplanary Network, Copenhagen with additional support from the Carlsberg Foundation.


Neuroscience does not have, as physics does, a standard model that serves as a conceptual structure in which gaps of knowledge and inconsistencies can be isolated and serve as impetus for experiments, technological improvements or elaborate calculations. In this workshop the speakers are asked to present embryos of brain theories that could develop into a “standard model of the functions of the mammalian brain”. As our current experimental knowledge of mechanisms of brain dynamics is sparse, the talks will try to identify the gaps and bridge them by speculative hypotheses. The idea is that this exercise identifies crucial questions for brain science and produce hypotheses, of which some might be testable experimentally.

Confirmed speakers:

Dora Angelaki (Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, USA)
Michael Brecht (Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience Berlin, Germany)
Gustavo Deco (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain)
Sophie Denève (Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, France)
Alain Destexhe (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Gif-sur-Yvette, France)
Riitta Hari (Aalto University, Finland)
Viktor Jirsa (Aix-Marseille Université, France)
Per Roland (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)
Tatyana Sharpee (Salk Institute for Biological Studies, La Jolla, USA)
Sara Solla (Northwestern University, Chicago, USA)
Misha Tsodyks (Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel)
Maria Sanchez-Vives (Idibaps, Barcelona, Spain)

Practical information:

The workshop will be held in the Carlsberg Academy from the 14th to the 16th of September 2016.


The registration is now closed. For questions please contact the organizers (see below).


Per Roland (Department of Neuroscience and Pharmacology, University of Copenhagen)

Henrik Lindén (Department of Neuroscience and Pharmacology, University of Copenhagen)