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[Bionews] Call for Applications/Papers - ESF-EMBO Symposium: Functional Neurobiology in Minibrains: From Flies to Robots and Back Again, 17-22 October 2010 - Spain

Aurélie Sissler via bionews%40net.bio.net (by ASissler from esf.org)
Fri May 14 04:54:56 EST 2010

- Call for Applications/Papers - ESF-EMBO Symposium: Functional Neurobiolog=
y in Minibrains: From Flies to Robots and Back Again, 17-22 October 2010 - =

hair: Matthieu Louis, CRG-Centre for Genomic Regulation, EMBL-CRG Systems B=
iology Unit, ES
Co-Chairs: Richard Benton, University of Lausanne, CH
Bertram Gerber, Wuerzburg University, DE

Understanding the mechanisms allowing brains to collect sensory input and c=
ontrol adaptive behaviour represents one of the most challenging endeavours=
 in science. The goal of this symposium is to review progress towards an in=
tegrated understanding of the genetic, molecular, and neuronal basis of beh=
aviour in the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster. We will examine how our k=
nowledge about biological neural processes can influence (and be influenced=
 by) the design of robotic neural systems. Our aim is to bring together res=
earchers from the Drosophila and insect community with experts in computati=
onal neurobiology and robotics. We will promote discussion on how to quanti=
tatively describe working hypotheses about brain functions and behavioural =
control, and how bio-inspired robots may be used to test the validity and l=
imits of our current models.

Conference format:

=B7         lectures by invited high level speakers

=B7         short talks by young & early stage researchers

=B7         poster sessions, round table and open discussion periods

=B7         forward look panel discussion about future developments

Invited speakers will include:

=B7         Alexander Borst - NEURO-MPG, DE

=B7         Michael Dickinson - Caltech, US

=B7         Barry Dickson - Research Institute of Molecular Pathology, AT

=B7         Dario Floreano - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), =

=B7         Nicolas Franceschini - The Institute of Movement Sciences, FR

=B7         Mark Frye - University of California, Los Angeles, US

=B7         Steven Fry - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), CH

=B7         Martin Goepfert - University of Cologne, DE

=B7         Bill Hansson - Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, DE

=B7         Martin Heisenberg - University of Wuerzburg, DE

=B7         Mikko Juusola - The University of Sheffield, UK

=B7         Holger Krapp - Imperial College London, UK

=B7         Gero Miesenb=F6ck - University of Oxford, UK

=B7         Gerry Rubin - HHMI-Janelia Farm Research Campus, US

=B7         Marla Sokolowski - University of Toronto Mississauga, CA

=B7         Roland Strauss - Johannes Gutenberg University, DE

=B7         Barbara Webb - University of Edinburgh, UK

A certain number of grants will be available for young researchers to cover=
 the conference fee and possibly part of the travel costs. Grant requests s=
hould be made by ticking appropriate field(s) in the paragraph "Grant appli=
cation" of the application form<http://www2.esf.org/asp/esfrcaf.asp?confcod=

Full conference programme and application form accessible online from www.e=

ESF contact for further information: Jean Kelly - jkelly from esf.org<mailto:jke=
lly from esf.org>

Closing date for applications: 17 August 2010


This conference is organised by the European Science Foundation (ESF)<http:=
//www.esf.org/> in partnership with the European Molecular Biology Organiza=
tion (EMBO)<http://www.embo.org/>.

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