Transatlantic Behavioural Neuroscience Summer School

Sept 1-10th 2022, Wojciechy, Poland


The field of behavioural neuroscience is changing.
It’s changing on the conceptual level – “neuroscience needs behaviour”, a bold claim in 2017, has become a truism. Behavioural paradigms became much more complex, brain and behaviour are also no longer studied in isolation; we are trying to put them in broader contexts – context of the whole organism and its needs, of its natural environment, and of its evolutionary history.

This change is driven by the recent explosion of new tools. With stunning precision, we can record both the behavior and neural activity of an animal performing various complex tasks.

And the most important aspect of the tool-revolution is its open and worldwide character  – the field of behavioural neuroscience is being democratised on an unprecedented scale. Since money is becoming less of a constraint, the exploration of new theories and ideas is not limited anymore to privileged institutions.

Our Transatlantic Behavioural Neuroscience Summer School is designed to embrace and foster these changes and will interweave three themes: concepts, tools and diversity.

Concepts


The concept part of the school will be all about ideas in behavioural neuroscience. We want to invite behavioural neuroscientists who guide the conceptual revolution in behaviour. We will ask them to give not only talks about their research, but about ideas and theories they developed; we want to organise debates that will stimulate a new wave of innovation. The main topic of the conceptual part will be the brain in contexts.

Our confirmed guests (as of today) are:

  • Anne von Philipsborn (Aarhus University)
  • Ahmad el Hady (University of Konstanz)
  • Daniel Tomsic (University of Buenos Aires)

Tools


We want to show you how those broader ideas can be turned into specific experimental work. Our school will be composed of intense, hands-on tutorials on behavioural experiment design and data analysis. Our workshops will be practice-oriented – you will use the knowledge gained during Arduino programming, 3D design and printing workshops to develop your own behavioural setups for fruit flies. They will perform a closed-loop behavioural experiment using the Bonsai programming language. At the last part of the school, you will use tools developed for behavioural data analysis – such as Deep Lab Cut, JAABA, Deep Ethogram, and others. We want you to develop a deeper understanding of the methods used – not only to make them passive users of the software.

Diversity


Neuroscience needs ideas – it is often said – but there are no ideas without diversity. We believe that for too long our field was listening to a very limited number of voices. We want to encourage people from different regions and backgrounds to take part in our endeavour and to express their ideas freely. We want our school to result in a melting pot of ideas and views about behaviour, and to allow lesser-known frameworks to be discovered and discussed.

Where, when and how


The school will be organized in Sept 1-10th 2022 in Wojciechy, in a beautiful lake region of Masuria. The fee is EUR 750. The deadline for applications will be March 29th 2022. If you have any questions, contact us at nenckiopenlab@gmail.com. The application form will be opened from Jan 15th 2022.