ACCN 2014

Advanced Course in Computational Neuroscience 2014

FIAS, Germany, August 3 - 30, 2014

About the course

The course has two complementary parts. Mornings are devoted to lectures given by distinguished international faculty on topics across the breadth of experimental and computational neuroscience. During the rest of the day, students are given practical training in the art and practice of neural modelling, by pursuing a project of their choosing under the close supervision of expert tutors.

The first week of the course introduces students to essential neurobiological concepts and to the most important techniques in modelling single cells, networks and neural systems. Students learn how to solve their research problems using software packages such as MATLAB, NEST, NEURON, XPP, etc. During the following three weeks the lectures cover specific brain areas and functions. Topics range from modelling single cells and subcellular processes through the simulation of simple circuits, large neuronal networks and system level models of the brain. The course ends with project presentations by the students.

The course is designed for advanced graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from a variety of disciplines, including neuroscience, physics, electrical engineering, computer science, mathematics and psychology. Students are expected to have a keen interest and basic background in neurobiology as well as some computer experience. Students of any nationality can apply.

A maximum of 30 students will be accepted. We specifically encourage applications from researchers who work in the developing world. These students will be selected according to the normal submission procedure.

Applications, including a description of the target project must be submitted electronically and will need to be accompanied by the names and email details of two referees who have agreed to furnish references. Applicants will need to ensure that their referees have submitted their references. Applications will be assessed by a committee, with selection being based on the following criteria: the scientific quality of the candidate (CV) and of the project, the recommendation letters, and evidence that the course will afford substantial benefit to the candidate.


OCNS award
The Organization for Computational Neuroscience awards $2000 to one or two participants in need who are members of OCNS at the moment of application.


Brains for Brains Young Researchers' Computational Neuroscience Award

The award of the Bernstein Association for Computational Neuroscience comprises €500 prize money, plus a travel grant of up to €2000 to cover a trip to Germany, including participation in the Bernstein Conference 2014 in Göttingen, and an individually planned to up to two German research institutions in Computational Neuroscience. The travel grant may be spent on the trip to the ACCN. Deadline for applications is April 25. More details can be found here.


We welcome other organizations and private donors wishing to support ACCN participants through similar or different schemes.

Download the poster: A2 (printer friendly), US letter format.


Previous Courses

2013 Advanced Course in Computational Neuroscience
2012 Advanced Course in Computational Neuroscience
2011 Advanced Course in Computational Neuroscience
2010 Advanced Course in Computational Neuroscience
All the previous courses.

Participants of ACCN 2014



The 2014 Advanced Course in Computational Neuroscience is supported by various academic and private institutions.




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