1st Swiss Early-career Researchers Symposium

Neural population coding and

emergent properties of cell assemblies

The registration is now open for the first Swiss Early-career Researchers Symposium, “Neural population coding and emergent properties of cell assemblies”, scheduled on 31 January 2019 at the Campus Biotech in Geneva (link to their event page). This event is taking place on the day preceding the annual SSN meeting. This event is supported by the Swiss Society for Neuroscience (SSN) and is organized by the young division of the SSN, the ySSN, who is a team of PhD students and postdocs with the aim to improve synergy and scientific exchange between young scientists in Switzerland. 


The symposium will explore the latest developments on how neural populations and circuits solve the different computational tasks underlying cognition, such as perception, memory, and action. The event aims at bringing together empirical, computational and theoretical scientists to discuss the latest scientific challenges in our field. Prof. Valerio Mante (Institute of Neuroinformatics, Zurich) will open the event with an introductory lecture on the topic, followed by a plenary talk by Dr. Johannes Letzkus (Max Planck Institute for Brain Research, Frankfurt). They will later join the speakers in a panel discussion, where different viewpoints will be highlighted to promote a stimulating conversation between disciplines. 

If you are a PhD student or a postdoc, we would like to invite you to present your work as a speaker. It doesn’t matter if your project is in early stages and not paper-ready. You can showcase your pioneering work through a typical oral presentation, or during a flash-talk session, in which you can highlight an aspect of your work in a shorter format. If you are presenting on the next day at the annual SSN meeting this symposium is ideal to tease the audience into visiting your poster! Whereas if you are not presenting this year at SSN because your work has not yet reached conclusive evidence for a poster, participating to this symposium as speaker can be an excellent opportunity to get feedback from scientists at the same career stage as you from across the country.

Registration for speakers is closed.

If you would like to register as a speaker, please click on the "Register as speaker" button at the top of this page, or alternatively send an email to the youngSSN at 
web.yssn@gmail.com. Please specify in the subject “ERS 2019”, your name, and

“flash talk”. A regular talk will typically last for 10 minutes followed by 5 minutes of open discussion, whereas flash talks will last 7 minutes, should be accompanied by a light presentation to show an aspect of the work, and will not be followed by open discussion. Both presentation formats will take place in front of the entire audience. In the application email, please tell us about yourself and why you would like to speak at the event. Don’t forget to mention your work topic or a title we could use for your presentation.

Pre-registration for attendants is closed. Registration on site will be possible from 8:00 AM. Please be on time.

If you would like to attend but not present, please fill in the form below. Please specify your full name and affiliation. It will also help us organize catering and social events according to the number of participants.

If you are a group leader, or a Neuroscience student not working toward a PhD or postdoc, or simply interested in the topic, do feel free to come and join us at this event. You will find a vibrant and friendly atmosphere to discuss the latest neuroscientific advances in Switzerland. 

The symposium is open only to SSN members who have renewed their subscription for the year 2019. If you haven't yet, please follow the instructions at https://www.swissneuroscience.ch/membership-benefits/ to become a member.

Participation and meals are free of charge.

We look forward to seeing you all in Geneva!

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Program outline

8:00 Registration

8:50 Opening remarks

8:55 Introduction (Prof. Valerio Mante, INI, Zurich)
9:20 Keynote lecture (Dr. Johannes Letzkus, MPI for Brain Research, Frankfurt)
10:20 Coffee break
10:35 6 presentations
12:05 Lunch break
13:05 Flash-talk session

14:05 Coffee break
14:20 6 presentations
15:50 Coffee break
16:05 Panel discussion

16:35 Best presentation awards
16:40 Concluding remarks

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