VI Latin American School on Computational Neuroscience – LASCON 2016

VI Latin American School on Computational Neuroscience – LASCON 2016

January 3 – 29, 2016, Sao Paulo, Brazil


Dear Colleagues,

Following the success of the previous editions of LASCON (Latin American School on Computational Neuroscience), I am pleased to announce the 6th LASCON, which will take place between January 3 – 29 2016 in Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil.

LASCON aims at introducing young researchers and graduate and advanced undergraduate students to the use of computational and mathematical methods for modeling neurons and neural networks. These models will be taught via a combination of theoretical lectures and hands-on tutorials with the use of the programs like neuroConstruct, NEURON, NEST, Brian, the Virtual Brain and Matlab.

Students will have to work on small research projects (to be done in groups of two), which they will present orally at the end of the school.

The following lecturers will be in charge of theoretical classes and tutorials:
Arnd Roth, University College, London, UK
Benjamin Lindner, Humboldt-Universitaet zu Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Boris Marin, University College, London, UK
Christophe Pouzat, Universite Paris Descartes, Paris, France
Demian Battaglia, Aix-Marseille Universite, Marseille, France
German Mato, Centro Atomico Bariloche, San Carlos de Bariloche, RN, Argentina
Hannah Bos, Forschungszentrum Juelich, Juelich, Germany
Jannis Schuecker, Forschungszentrum Juelich, Juelich, Germany
John Murray, New York University, New York, NY, USA
Marco Huertas, University of Texas Medical School, Houston, TX, USA
Sam Neymotin, State University of New York, New York, NY, USA
Volker Steuber, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, UK
William Lytton, State University of New York, New York, NY, USA

There will also be some invited lectures. The current list of invited lecturers is:
Andre Kohn, Universidade de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil
Antonio Galves, Universidade de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil
Cesar Renno-Costa, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, Natal, RN, Brazil
Daniele Madureira, Laboratorio Nacional de Computacao Cientifica, Petropolis, RJ, Brazil
Leonardo Maia, Universidade de Sao Paulo, Sao Carlos, SC, Brazil
Marco Idiart, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil
Marcelo Reyes, Universidade Federal do ABC, Santo Andre, SP, Brazil
Mauro Copelli, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Recife, PE, Brazil

The number of students is limited to 20 and applications should be made electronically via the application form in the school’s web page ( Applicants are also requested to submit a detailed CV (in English) and to provide two letters of recommendation.

The application deadline is September 6 2015 (until midnight, US Pacific time).

There is no registration fee for the school. Costs for accommodation will be covered by the school organization. Travel costs have to be covered by the students. Sao Paulo is the major transportation hub in South America, so it is possible to fly from basically anywhere in the world to it.

In the selection procedure, priority will be given to Latin-American students, but students from other parts of the world are encouraged to apply as well.

LASCON 2016 is an activity associated to the NeuroMat project ( and is jointly organized by the University of Sao Paulo and the Federal University of ABC.

I am looking forward to see you in Sao Paulo.
Best regards,

A. Roque, LASCON Director

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