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Summer Workshop on the Dynamic Brain 2023

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The 2023 Summer Workshop on the Dynamic Brain is an intensive, project-based residential course with a focus on the neurobiology of sensory processing, coding, and neural population dynamics. This program is intended for researchers at the graduate and postdoctoral level with an interest in developing the intersection of their scientific knowledge and their computational skills. Applications are now closed for 2023. Applications for 2024 will open in December.

Aug 20, 2023 - Sep 3, 2023

Friday Harbor, WA

Time

8:00AM PST

Audience

Graduate, Scientists

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About This Event

The Summer Workshop on the Dynamic Brain is an intensive, project-based residential course with a focus on the neurobiology of sensory processing, coding, and neural population dynamics. This program is intended for researchers at the PhD student and postdoctoral level with an interest in developing the intersection of their scientific knowledge and their computational skills.

Founded by Adrienne Fairhall and Christof Koch, the Summer Workshop on the Dynamic Brain is co-hosted by the Allen Institute and the Computational Neuroscience Center at the University of Washington. It is directed by Drs. Michael A. Buice, Saskia de Vries, Adrienne Fairhall, Shawn Olsen, and Eric Shea-Brown.

The workshop is geared towards PhD students and postdoctoral fellows in neuroscience, biology, physics, engineering, and computer science as well as other early-career researchers at the equivalent level. Ideal candidates have a planned or established research agenda related to the course topics.

By the end of the course, students will have:

  • Developed skills in large-scale neural data analysis and computational methods.

  • Gained familiarity with work in an interdisciplinary collaborative environment and modern collaborative tools.

  • Learned about data and software from the Allen Institute, and how these can inform their own current and future work.

  • Interacted with leading computational and experimental neuroscientists exploring cutting edge questions.

  • Completed a collaborative project with other workshop students.

Throughout the course, students attend lectures by leading neuroscientists. Lecture topics include neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, neuronal cell types, connectomics, optical and electrophysiological methods for measuring and analyzing cell populations, theories and modeling of neocortex and associated structures, big data approaches, and perceptual and behavioral neuroscience, with a focus on the visual system.

All tutorials and software packages in the course use the Python programming language. The workshop includes an optional Python bootcamp and ongoing software tutorials in modeling, data analysis, and computational methods. While previous experience with Python is not required or expected, it is highly recommended that students have some previous coding experience.

Students will have the opportunity to receive training with featured large-scale datasets generated by the Allen Institute. Examples from past workshops include the Allen Brain Observatory Visual Coding and Neuropixels datasets. Other Allen Institute resources are available also for students to explore.

A core component of the workshop curriculum is the completion of short research projects. With faculty guidance, students collaborate in teams to develop and carry out a project that explores the featured open data sets. Student teams present their project proposals at the end of the first week of the course and the outcome of their work at the conclusion of the workshop to faculty and fellow participants. Previous projects from this course have been developed into publications and presented at scientific conferences.

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Workshop Details

Workshop dates: August 20 – September 3, 2023

Optional Python boot camp: August 19-20, 2023

Application deadline: Tuesday, February 1, 2023, at 11:59pm Pacific Time. We will not accept late applications.

Preference will be given to advanced PhD students and postdocs. Applicants must have completed at least one year of a PhD program to be eligible. International applications are welcome.

Cost: Conference fees, housing and meals during the workshop will be covered by the organizers. Additional expenses, including transportation to and from Seattle and incidentals, are the responsibility of the attendee. There is no additional cost to participate in the Python boot camp. There is no additional fee for international attendees.

Applicant notification: All applicants will be notified of the decision on their application by April 1, 2023.

Additional information

COVID-19 information

The 2023 Summer Workshop on the Dynamic Brain is being planned as an in-person event. You will be required to receive a full course of any of the Covid vaccines approved by the US, EU, UK, or other national government by August 7, 2023, and provide proof of vaccination. You may also be required to provide proof of a negative Covid test before arrival. You will be required to follow other Covid safety measures as directed. We reserve the right to add, remove, or modify Covid safety procedures or cancel the event at any time for safety reasons.