CRETE COURSE IN COMPUTATIONAL NEUROSCIENCE
SEPTEMBER 13 - OCTOBER 9, 1998
FORTH INSTITUTE, CRETE, GREECE
DIRECTORS: Erik De Schutter (University of Antwerp, Belgium)
Adonis Moschovakis (University of Crete, Greece)
Idan Segev (Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel)
The Crete Course in Computational Neuroscience introduces students to
the practical application of computational methods in neuroscience, in
particular how to create biologically realistic models of neurons and
The course consists of two complimentary parts. A distinguished
international faculty gives morning lectures on topics in experimental
and computational neuroscience. The rest of the day is spent learning
how to use simulation software and how to implement a model of the
system the student wishes to study. The first week of the course
introduces students to the most important techniques in modeling single
cells, networks and neural systems. Students learn how to use the
GENESIS, NEURON, XPP and other software packages on their individual
unix workstations. During the following three weeks the lectures will
be more general, but each week topics ranging from modeling single cells
and subcellular processes through the simulation of simple circuits,
large neuronal networks and system level models of the the brain will
be covered. The course ends with a presentation of the students'
The Crete Course in Computational Neuroscience is designed for advanced
graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in a variety of disciplines,
including neuroscience, physics, electrical engineering, computer science
and psychology. Students are expected to have a basic background in
neurobiology as well as some computer experience. A total of 28 students
will be accepted with an age limit of 35 years. We will accept students
of any nationality, but the majority will be from the European Union
and affiliated countries (Iceland, Israel, Liechtenstein and Norway).
We specifically encourage applications from researchers who work in
less-favoured regions of the EU, from women and from researchers from
Every student will be charged a tuition fee of 700 ECU (approx. US$770).
In the case of students with a nationality from the EU, affiliated
countries or Japan, this tuition fee covers lodging, local travel and all
course-related expenses. All applicants with other nationalities will
be charged an ADDITIONAL fee of 1000 ECU (approx. US$1100) to cover
lodging, local travel and course-related expenses. For nationals from
EU and affiliated countries economy travel from an EU country to Crete
will be refunded after the course. A limited number of students from
less-favoured regions world-wide will get their fees and travel refunded.
More information and application forms can be obtained:
- WWW access: http://bbf-www.uia.ac.be/Crete_index.html
Please apply electronically using a web browser if possible.
- email: crete_course at bbf.uia.ac.be
- by mail: Prof. E. De Schutter
University of Antwerp - UIA,
APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 1, 1998. Applicants will be notified of the
results of the selection procedures by May 31.
FACULTY: L. Abbott (Brandeis University, USA), M. Abeles (Hebrew
University Jerusalem, Israel), A. Aertsen (Albert Ludwigs
University Freiburg, Germany), T. Bonhoeffer (Max Planck
Institute Munich, Germany), A. Borst (Max Planck Institute
Tuebingen, Germany), R. Calabrese (Emory University, USA),
R. Douglas (Institute of Neuroinformatics, Zurich), G. Dupond
(Free University Brussels, Belgium), O. Ekeberg (Royal
Institute of Technology, Sweden), A. Feltz (University of
Strasbourg, France), T. Flash (Weizmann Institute of Science,
Israel), D. Hansel (Ecole Polytechnique Paris, France), M.
Hines (Yale University, USA), J.J.B. Jack (Oxford University,
England), R. Kotter (Heinrich Heine University Dusseldorf,
Germany), G. LeMasson (University of Bordeaux, France), K.
Martin (Institute of Neuroinformatics, Zurich), M. Nicolelis
(Duke University, USA), J.M. Rinzel (NIH, USA), G. Rizzolatti
(University of Parma, Italy), H. Sompolinsky (Hebrew University
Jerusalem, Israel), M. Spira (Hebrew University Jerusalem,
Israel), S. Tanaka (RIKEN, Japan), C. Wilson (University of
Tennessee, USA), Y. Yarom (Hebrew University Jerusalem, Israel).
The Crete Course in Computational Neuroscience is supported by the
European Commission (4th Framework Training and Mobility of Researchers
program) and by The Brain Science Foundation (Tokyo).
Local administrative organization: the Institute of Applied and
Computational Mathematics of FORTH (Crete, GR).