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European Summer School Visual Neuroscience: from spikes to awareness

Karl Gegenfurtner E U R O P E A N   S U M M E R   S C H O O L
Visual Neuroscience: from spikes to awareness
Rauischholzhausen Castle (near Frankfurt, Germany)
September 3-15, 2006
Application deadline: May 15, 2006
Organizers: Jochen Braun, Frank Bremmer, Karl Gegenfurtner
Funded by the Volkswagen-Foundation

Visual neuroscience studies the neural underpinnings of visual function and
visual sensation. Its results contribute to our understanding of cognitive brain
processes in general and also help to boost the capabilities of technological
vision systems.

Visual neuroscience involves a wide variety of methods and approaches ---
computational theory, neurophysiology, neuroanatomy, functional imaging,
psychophysics, neuropsychology, and others --- and illustrates perhaps more
clearly than any other area of brain research, the overriding need to combine
and coordinate these diverse efforts.

The European Summer School exposes young vision researchers --- at the late
pre-doctoral or early post-doctoral level --- to the principal methods and
seminal issues of contemporary visual neuroscience. In addition, it seeks to
build a basic fluency in the emerging lingua franca of computational
neuroscience. The range of topics is broad, literally from spikes to awareness,
and the pace correspondingly brisk. This intensive experience should allow
participants to take a broader view of, and make more informed decisions about,
their future research direction.

The European Summer School is taught by leading researchers in neurobiology,
neuropsychology, psychophysics, and theoretical neuroscience. Two thematically
related topics are covered each day, with approximately 3 hours allotted to each
(including discussion time). An after-dinner discussion provides an opportunity
to contrast and compare the day?s lectures. In addition, students pursue
computational and theoretical projects (based on Matlab) during the afternoon,
to experiment with key concepts and techniques of computational neuroscience.

The program for this year's school is not final yet, but the list of topics
covered will be similar to the summer school in 2004.
Speakers in 2004 included Pascal Barone (Toulouse), Heinrich Bülthoff
(Tübingen), David Burr (Florence), Jochen Braun (Magdeburg), Frank Bremmer
(Marburg), Gemma Calvert (Oxford), Gustavo Deco (Barcelona), Heiner Deubel
(Munich), Andrew Derrington (Nottingham), Karl Gegenfurtner (Giessen), Concetta
Morrone (Milano), Tony Movshon (New York), Gregor Rainer (Tübingen), Petra
Stoerig (Düsseldorf), Simon Thorpe (Toulouse), Stefan Treue (Göttingen), Heinz
Wässle (Frankfurt) and Christoph Zetzsche (Bremen). The exact list of speakers
for 2006 will be presented at the above website as soon as it is finalized.

The European Summer School meets at idyllic and inspiring Schloss
Rauischholzhausen in Hessia, Germany. The main selection
criterion for participants is the degree of benefit that each applicant can be
expected to derive from the course. In addition, the organizers attempt to
balance fields, nationalities, and genders among participants. All participants
receive full stipends and partial travel support.

Application forms can be downloaded from the website Please fill in the
form and return it by email to
You are also be asked to arrange for at least one letter of recommendation to
be sent separately by email to The
deadline for receipt of the complete application is 15 May 2006.

We look forward to welcome you to the summer school.

Jochen Braun, Frank Bremmer and Karl Gegenfurtner

Prof. Karl Gegenfurtner, Abteilung Allgemeine Psychologie
Justus-Liebig-Universität, Otto-Behaghel-Str. 10, 35394 Giessen
phone:  +49 641 9926100
fax:    +49 641 9926119