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Bernstein Conference 2015 held in Heidelberg

The 11th Bernstein Conference took place in Heidelberg from September 14-17, 2015 (November 2015).

This year, the Bernstein Conference was organized by the Bernstein Center Heidelberg-Mannheim. For the third time, pre-conference workshops took place on September 14. About 450 participants from Germany, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Finland, France, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Russian Federation, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, and the USA attended the conference. The conference abstracts - more than 220 in total - were published on the server of the German INCF Node (G-Node) under the following link: http://www.g-node.org/abstracts/bc15/

Bernstein Award 2015 for Philipp Berens
As in previous years, a highlight of the conference was the prize giving ceremony of the Bernstein Award. Dr. Matthias Kölbel (Federal Ministry of Education and Research, BMBF), presented the award to Philipp Berens (Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen).
Further information on the awardee and his research.

From left to right: Dr. Matthias Kölbel (Federal Ministry of Education and Research, BMBF), Philipp Berens (Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen),
Image: Bernstein Coordination Site

Valentino Braitenberg Award for Computational Neuroscience
The biennially conferred Valentino Braitenberg Award for Computational Neuroscience honors scientists whose research has high impact on the neurosciences. In the spirit of Valentino Braitenberg's research, special emphasis is given to theoretical studies elucidating the functional implications of brain structures and their neuronal network dynamics. In 2014, Alexander Borst (Max Planck Institute for Neurobiology, Martinsried) was selected for the award. Since the 2014 prize giving ceremony including a talk of the awardee could not take place it was rescheduled for the Bernstein Conference 2015. Further information on the award.

From left to right: Almut Schüz (Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Tübingen), Carla Braitenberg (Università degli Studi di Trieste), Alexander Borst (Max Planck Institute for Neurobiology, Martinsried), Ad Aertsen (Bernstein Center Freiburg), Andrea Huber Brösamle (Bernstein Coordination Site). Image: Bernstein Koordinationsstelle

Brains for Brains Award Prize Giving Ceremony

For the sixth time, the Bernstein Association for Computational Neuroscience awarded the Brains for Brains Young Researchers' Computational Neuroscience Award. This year's awardee was Lea Ankri (Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel). The award was made possible by the Bernstein Association for Computational Neuroscience and generous donations by the companies npi electronic GmbH and NVIDIA GmbH.

From left to right: Jens Looser (representative of the company npi electronic GmbH, donor), awardee Lea Ankri (Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel), Ralph Hinsche (representative of the company NVIDIA GmbH, donor), Andrea Huber Brösamle (Bernstein Coordination Site). Image: Bernstein Coordination Site

Fellow of the Sloan-Swartz Centers for Theoretical Neurobiology

Within the framework of the German-US-American exchange program between the Bernstein Network and the Sloan-Swartz Centers for Theoretical Neurobiology, the Bernstein Center Heidelberg-Mannheim funded the participation of the postdoc Julijana Gjorgjieva (Brandeis University, USA) in the Bernstein Conference 2015.

Event for the broad public
The general public was invited to a German talk by Christian Büchel (BFNL complex human learning, Universitätsklinikum Hamburg Eppendorf) entitled "Pain and pain modulation: from spinal to cortical processing" in order to learn about latest developments in the field of pain research.

Information booth of the Bernstein Network
For the second time, the Bernstein Network presented itself with an information booth at the Bernstein Conference. The booth was also used for special activities, such as a Meet the Expert event where students and postdocs could discuss with the Valentino Braitenberg Award for Computational Neuroscience winner Alexander Borst. The Bernstein Association for Computational Neuroscience was also involved in the Meet the Expert event and held a special welcome event for its members at the information booth of the Bernstein Network on the first evening of the conference. Members of both - the Association and the Bernstein Network - enjoyed using the booth as a central contact and meeting place.


Meet the expert event where students and postdocs could discuss with the Valentino Braitenberg Award for Computational Neuroscience winner Alexander Borst. Image: Bernstein Coordination Site.

Hermann Cuntz, winner of the Bernstein Award 2013, and his PhD student Marvin Weigand (both Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies, FIAS and Ernst Strüngmann Institute, ESI) presented a forest of simulated neurons that could be viewed three-dimensionally by using virtual reality glasses.

Since the Bernstein calendar 2015 was such a great success, a new Bernstein calendar with impressions from the field of Computational Neuroscience will appear for the year 2016. The pictures were kindly provided by members of the Bernstein Network and the Bernstein Association for Computational Neuroscience. The individual calendar images were presented during a vernissage at the Bernstein Conference 2015.