July 18 – July 23, 2009
Berlin, Germany

CNS*2009 will be held in Berlin, Germany July 18-23, 2009. CNS*2009 will consist of three days of main meeting (Sunday July 19th-Tuesday July 21st), preceded by a day of tutorials on July 18th and followed by two days of workshops and a Neuroinformatics mini-symposium on July 22nd and 23rd (Wednesday-Thursday). A welcome reception will be held on the evening of Saturday July 18th and the meeting banquet held on the evening of July 20th.
The main meeting will take place at the Hilton hotel in central Berlin on the Gendarmenmarkt. Pre-meeting “Bernstein tutorials” covering various topics in Computational Neurosciences will be held at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences (BBAW), located on the opposite side of the Gendarmenmarkt. The workshops and Neuroinformatics mini-symposium will be held in the same location. The meeting banquet will be held at the Palace of Charlottenburg. Berlin hosts a large neuroscientific community within its “Bernstein center for Computational Neuroscience” funded by the BMBF (the Ministry for Education and Research), which is also sponsoring the CNS*2009 meeting.
Talks and posters presented at CNS*2009 will include experimental, model-based, as well as more abstract theoretical approaches to understanding neurobiological computation. This year we are having a Special Lecture Series on Neuroinformatics.
Sten Grillner (Karolinska Institute, Sweden) – “Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience Lecture”
Idan Segev (Hebrew U, Israel)
Georgio Ascoli (George Mason U, VA, USA)
Gwen Jacobs (Montana Sate U, MO, USA)
The Bernstein-Tutorials on various topics in Computational Neurosciences will be held on Saturday July 18th, prior to the main meeting, in the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften. They will provide students a comprehensive introduction to various topics in Computational Neurosciences, as well as to give advanced researchers an overview of the state-of-the-art in the topic area. Ten tutorials are available. The tutorials will be held in morning or afternoon sessions, giving participants the opportunity to attend two different tutorials. All attendees will be provided a DVD with scripts and slides from all tutorials.
The day following the main meeting (Wednesday, July 22nd) features a special symposium on the Neuroinformatics theme of CNS 2009 organized by Andreas Herz (LMU Munich), Martin Nawrot (FU Berlin) and Thomas Wachtler (LMU Munich) This symposium organized by the German National Node of the International Neuroinformatics Coordination Facility, brings together experts in the area of data sharing and data analysis in neurophysiology, who will present specific approaches and tools that have also fostered their own scientific research. It will feature full-length talks by the main speakers and will take place in the 150 seat Einstein lecture hall in the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences. Attendance is open to all holding a workshop registration. http://www.cnsorg.org/2009/informatics.shtml

Main Speakers:
Ad Aertsen (BCCN Freiburg), Jan Benda (BCCN Munich), Hemant Bokil (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory), Eilif Muller (EPFL), Colin Ingram (University of Newcastle), Fritz Sommer (UC Berkeley), Shiro Usui (Japan National Node).
15 workshops were selected and are scheduled for July 22nd and 23rd. During the workshops a wide range of topics in Computational Neuroscience will be presented and discussed. Workshops will range from half-day sessions to two full-days. http://www.cnsorg.org/2009/workshops.shtml
Workshop registrants are free to attend the neuroinformatics symposium or their selection of workshops.
Student posters presented at CNS*2009 will be judged for cash prizes awarded at the meeting.
Please check www.cnsorg.org for announcement of additional categories of awards for postdoctoral fellows in late May.
The CNS*2009 meeting is organized by the Organization for Computational Neurosciences, Inc.
President: Ranu Jung (Arizona State U, USA)
Program chair: Don H. Johnson (Rice U, USA)
Local organizers: Udo Ernst (U Bremen, Germany), John-Dylan Haynes (BCCN Berlin, Germany), Andreas Herz (BCCN München, Germany), Klaus Obermayer (Technical University Berlin, Germany).
Workshop coordinator: Dieter Jaeger (Emory U, USA)
Neuroinformatics Symposium organizers: Andreas Herz (LMU Munich), Martin Nawrot (FU Berlin) and Thomas Wachtler (LMU Munich)
Program Committee:
Victoria Booth (U Michigan, USA)
Hide Cateau (RIKEN, Japan)
Markus Diesmann (RIKEN, Japan)
Alex Dimitrov (Montana State U, USA)
Boris Gutkin (ENS, France)
Jeanette Hellgren-Kotaleski (Karolinska Institute, Sweden)
Astrid Prinz (Emory U, USA)
Harel Shouval (U Texas Medical Center, USA)
Volker Steuber (U Herfordshire, UK)
Susan Wearne (Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, USA)
Miriam Zacksenhouse (Technion, Israel)

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