LASCON 2016 – VI Latin American School on Computational Neuroscience (Call for applications)


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 at the NeuroMat Center in the University of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, 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, Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA

Marco Huertas, University of Texas Medical School, Houston, TX, 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

Fabio Simoes de Souza, Universidade Federal do ABC, Santo Andre, SP, Brazil

Julian Tejada, Universidade Federal de Sergipe, Aracaju, SE, 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

Sakyasingha Dasgupta, RIKEN Brain Science Institute, Wako, Japan

Sergio Neuenschwander, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, Natal, RN, 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 a 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 of the FAPESP Center for Neuromathematics (NeuroMat – 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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