The 4th workshop on Advanced Methods in Theoretical Neuroscience

Structure and disorder: From random connections to functional circuits

July 10-12 2019, Göttingen, Germany (tutorials July 9)

Two central approaches guided many theoretical advances in the neurosciences in the last couple of years: One is by training large networks, so their responses match neuronal data or behavior and then hypothesizing on the relation between the model and the brain. The other is a forward approach, where one derives an ab-initio dynamics of a simplified model, and tries to understand how changes of the structure can affect computation. In this workshop, we will focus on the theoretical tools used to capture and understand forward and backward modeling of network dynamics and computation.

In this meeting, we aim to gather researchers from different disciplines, who use different methodologies and promote sharing of ideas and collaborations. The format will allow in-depth presentations of scientific results alongside the employed mathematical techniques. The workshop is the fourth installment in a series that began in 2015 and set to push forward the frontier of theoretical studies in the neurosciences, as well as the shaping of the next generation of researchers.


  • Yashar Ahmadian (Oregon)
  • Naama Brenner (Technion)
  • Nicolas Brunel (Duke)
  • Carson C Chow (NIH)
  • Carina Curto (Penn State)
  • Julijana Gjorgjieva (MPI Brain, Frankfurt)
  • Valerio Mante (Zurich)
  • Raoul Martin Memmesheimer (Bonn)
  • Andreas Neef (Göttingen)
  • Cengiz Pehlevan (Harvard)
  • Kanaka Rajan (Mount Sinai)
  • Maria V. Sanchez-Vives (Barcelona)
  • Silvia Scarpetta (Salerno)
  • Elad Schneidman (Weizmann Institute)
  • Jordi Soriano (Barcelona)
  • Naftali Tishby (Hebrew University)


Accepting application through April 30. Notifications of acceptance will be emailed by May 10. Space is limited. Preference will be given to presenting authors (posters) and by order of application so early registration is encouraged.

A fee of 50€ (+ 20€ for tutorials) will be collected prior to arrival.

Poster submission

Poster submissions are highly encouraged. Please submit your abstracts before April 30, 2019. You will be informed about your registration by May 10. Some submitted abstracts may be selected for contributing talks.


Farzad Farkhooi (BCCN-Berlin) • Rainer Engelken (Columbia) •

• Jonathan Kadmon (Stanford) • Viola Priesemann (MPI-DS) •

On-site coordinators: Christina von Behren, Annika Hagemann

Contact: kadmonj [at]


Max Planck Society