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ISN Workshop 2017

Bringing together computational and experimental neuroscientists, to demonstrate the state-of-the-art in integrated systems and computational approaches to key neural circuits.

The second Integrated Systems Neuroscience Workshop, 7-8th September 2017, at The University of Manchester

Systems neuroscience has been thrust centre-stage by the extraordinary advances in technology for recording and manipulating neural circuits at single-cell resolution.

Yet with this rapid increase in data yield has come formidable challenges in analysing and understanding experimental results. Consequently, a tight integration between experimental and computational neuroscience approaches is increasingly necessary for tackling these challenges.

The goal of this workshop is to present the state-of-the-art in integrated systems and computational approaches to key neural circuits, to demonstrate their power and potential.

Confirmed Speakers

  • Rune Berg (Copenhagen University)
  • Tiago Branco (Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits)
  • Neil Burgess (Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, UCL)
  • Megan Carey (Champalimaud Institute, Lisbon)
  • Claudia Clopath (Imperial College, London)
  • Kate Jeffery (UCL)
  • Christian Machens (Champalimaud Institute, Lisbon)
  • Jonathan Pillow (Princeton)
  • Simon Peron (New York University)
  • Manuel Zimmer (IMP, Austria)


Meeting registration will be from 12:00 – 12:45 on Thursday 7th September. Tea and coffee will be served during registration.

Each session of the programme will comprise a pair of talks where both speakers are working on the same broad theme. Breaks between each session will allow for plentiful discussion of the work just seen and how it may translate to other circuits and problems in systems neuroscience.

The first evening will include a poster session and wine reception.

ISN 2017 Final programme with abstracts


We invite poster abstract submissions from PhD and postdoctoral researchers, for presentation at the evening poster session. Abstracts should be in the area of systems neuroscience, including:

  • experimental work on circuits and systems;
  • computational modelling of circuits and systems;
  • data analysis for large-scale recordings.

Abstract submissions should include:

  • title;
  • author list with affiliations;
  • the presenting author’s email address;
  • summary of work (maximum 300 words).
  • Consider for talk? (Y/N)

Submission process

Submit by email to with the subject line ISN2017 abstract. Attach a Word, RTF, or plain text (.txt) file of the abstract submission to the email.

Selection process

Abstracts will be considered by the organisers.

Twenty abstracts have been awarded registration fee waivers for their first authors only. All other attendees, including their co-authors, must please register.

Two abstracts will be selected for short (15 minute) spotlight talks in the main programme. Please indicate in your submission if you would like your abstract to be considered for a talk.


Abstract submission opens: April 24th 2017

Abstract submission closes: June 30th 2017

Decision notification: July 28th 2017


Registration open: April 24th 2017

Late registration closes: September 1st 2017

Registration fee: £75 (includes all refreshments, wine reception, and lunch on second day)


Location and accommodation

Workshop location

Hulme Hall
The University of Manchester
Oxford Place
Victoria Park
M14 5RR

Map and directions

Nearby hotels

There are many hotels within walking distance (< 30 minutes) of the workshop location.

In addition to this, there is a main bus route through the city with frequent buses between hotels/railway stations and the workshop location.

See the bus network route planner.

Main conference hotel

Holiday Inn Express, Oxford Road

Other options

Travelodge, Upper Brook Street

Ibis Hotel, Princess Street

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We are grateful to the Medical Research Council for sponsoring this workshop.

Melanopsin-expressing retinal ganglion cell axons exiting the retina (Lucas lab)

Getting in touch

Registration and accommodation

ConferCare (The University of Manchester)
T: +44 (0)161 306 4082

Organising committee

Dr Rasmus Petersen
Dr Mark Humphries