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Bernstein Conference 2012 held in Munich

The 8th Bernstein Conference took place in Munich from September 12-14, 2012 (October 2012).

This year, the Bernstein Conference was organized by the Bernstein Center Munich under the direction of Andreas Herz and was held consecutively to Neuroinformatics 2012. Approximately 550 participants from the Bernstein Network, German non Bernstein locations, USA, UK, Poland, Switzerland, other European countries as well as Korea, Mexico, Iran, China, Israel, India, Japan and Australia had come for the conference. As in past years, all conference abstracts were published in Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience.

 

Bernstein Award 2012 for Tim Vogels

As in previous years, the first highlight of the conference was the prize giving ceremony of the Bernstein Award. Dr. Christiane Buchholz (Federal Ministry of Education and Research, BMBF) presented the award to Tim Vogels (École Polytechnique Fédérale Lausanne, EPFL, Switzerland).

Preisverleihung BPCN 2012_210912

Image: Bernstein Coordination Site

Further information on the prize giving ceremony, the awardee and his research.

 

1st Braitenberg Award - the Golden Neuron - for Moshe Abeles

Subsequent to the Bernstein Award prize giving ceremony, the first Valentino Braitenberg Award was presented to Moshe Abeles (Bar Ilan University, Israel) by Ad Aertsen (Bernstein Center Freiburg), Carla Braitenberg and Simone Cardoso de Oliveira (Bernstein Coordination Site).

Braitenberg Award 2012

From left to right: Ad Aertsen, Carla Braitenberg, Moshe Abeles, Simone Cardoso de Oliveira.
Image: Bernstein Coordination Site

Further information on the award, the awardee and his research.

 

Lecture for the broad Public

In order to inform both, scientists as well as interested laymen, about the latest scientific results, a public lecture was organized as part of the Bernstein Conference 2012. The lecture "Intelligence without cerebral cortex? How birds found their own way to cognitive top performances" was given by Onur Güntürkün (BFNL Sequence Learning, Ruhr University Bochum) in German language.

Onur Güntürkün öffentlicher Vortrag Bernstein Konferenz 2012

Image: Bernstein Coordination Site


Brains for Brains Awards Prize Giving Ceremony

The Bernstein Association for Computational Neuroscience for the third time awarded Brains for Brains Young Researchers' Computational Neuroscience Awards. This year's awardees were Jeffrey S. Seely (Columbia University, New York, USA) and Michael Eickenberg (Saclay, INRIA, France). The awards were made possible by generous donations of the companies Multi Channel Systems MCS GmbH, Brain Products GmbH and neuroConn.

Preisverleihung B4B 2012

From left to right: Markus Reichardt (Representative of Multi Channel Systems MCS GmbH), awardee Jeffrey S. Seely (Columbia University, New York, USA), awardee Michael Eickenberg (Saclay, INRIA, France), Birgit Trogisch (Representative of Brain Products GmbH).
Image: Bernstein Coordination Site

 

Fellows 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 Munich funded three American PhD students' / postdocs' participation in the Bernstein Conference 2012.

Sloan Swartz Stipendiaten 2012

The fellows from left to right: Robbe Goris (Postdoc, NYU), Marjena Popovic (PhD student, Brandeis University) und Haim Jonathan Dar (PhD student, Brandeis University).
Image: Bernstein Center Munich

 

NeuroVision Film Contest
This year for the second time, the short film competition was held as part of the Bernstein Conference. Under the motto "Can you show us the invisible?", each film was to explain a selected topic from the neurosciences within 5 minutes and in a generally intelligible form. Winner of  both, the jury award for the most creative handling of a neuroscientific topic and the audience award was the film "Phi" by Guillame Dumas and Luc Halard. The second jury award for the film of greatest informational value went to "Vision impossible?" by Anna Stöckl.

NeuroVision Film Contest 2012 Phi_Gewinner_neurovision 2012_210912

Left: Anna Stöckl, author of the film with the greatest informational value, during the prize giving ceremony on September 14, 2012. Right: Preview of the film „Phi“, that was awarded with the jury award for the most creative handling of a neuroscientific topic and with the audience award.

Image: Bernstein Coordination Site

Further information on the competition, the films and winners.

Videos of the scientific talks and photographic impressions from the conference can be obtained here.