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    Applications open for the IBRO-SIMONS Computational Neuroscience Imbizo

    IBRO-SIMONS Computational Neuroscience Imbizo

    Cape Town, South Africa

    January  7 - 28, 2018


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    • Prof. Joseph Raimondo (University of Cape Town),  
    • Alex Antrobus (University College London), Tim Vogels (University of Oxford),
    • Peter Latham (University College London) 

    Aims and Description of the School

    Computational neuroscience is a rapidly expanding subject whose methods are essential for understanding and modeling the brain, as well as for designing and interpreting experiments. This school aims to promote computational neuroscience in Africa by bringing together international and local students under the tutelage of world-leading experts in the field. The format of the school will entail intensive lecturing on advanced topics in computational and theoretical neuroscience as well as practical exercises in simulation and data analysis. In addition, students will perform a mini-research project under the supervision of one of the school tutors to be presented at the end of the school. The school is structured in three thematic weeks.

    • Week 1: Higher order brain function. What are the problems brains need to solve?
    • Week 2: Neural biophysics, plasticity and machine learning.
    • Week 3: Computations in spiking networks

    For more information please see the isiCNI website

    Who should apply to this School?

    This course is aimed at Masters and PhD level students though Honours or Postdoctoral students may also apply. Students should sufficient quantitative skills, (e.g. a background in mathematics, physics, computer science, statistics, engineering or related field). Some knowledge of neural biology will be useful but not essential. Experimental neuroscience students are encouraged to apply but should ensure that they have a reasonable level of quantitative proficiency (i.e. at least second-year level mathematics or statistics and have done at least one course in computer programming).

    Applications will open on the 1 st of June 2017 and close on the 15 th of August 2017. (please see the isiCNI website)

    What costs will be covered for selected applicants?

    The course fee amounts to €1100 and includes accommodation, meals, and transport to and from the airport. Partial and full scholarships for the course fee are available and distributed on the basis of merit and need. Additional travel bursaries are also available. If you would require either of these forms of financial assistance, please be sure to specify this in the application form.

    Application deadline: August 15th, 2017 (11:59 p.m. CET). Applicants will be notified by end of September.

    Apply here

    For all enquiries, please contact isiCNI at

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