FENS Brain Function CoE 2018 Satellite Meeting

Date: Friday, 6 July 2018
Time: 9am – 5pm CEST/Germany (Berlin) Time
Venue: Hotel NH Collection Berlin Friedrichstrasse, Friedrichstraße 96, 10117 Berlin, Germany
Cost: €50 (AU$80)
Registration includes refreshments, lunch and snacks.
Registrations close: 22 June 2018

Receptive fields: analysis, models and applications

The Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Integrative Brain Function and Ruhr-University Bochum are co-hosting a satellite meeting as part of the 11th FENS Forum on Neuroscience in Berlin, Germany.

Eight world-leading researchers, including Professors Tatyana Sharpee and Jose-Manuel Alonso, will discuss modern perspectives about formation and analysis of visual receptive fields, bringing together insights and discoveries from around the globe. Topics discussed will include state-of-the-art experimental and computational approaches to receptive field analysis, visual pathways and adaptation to the statistics of the visual environment.

The venue is in a prime location on the world famous Friedrichstrasse, close to Berlin’s most famous sights including the Brandenburg Gate, Reichstag and Friedrichstagt Palace. The hotel is conveniently located with direct access to the S-Bahn Friedrichstrasse, which also directly provides access to the ‘City Cube Berlin’ where the FENS forum will commence the following day.

Keynote Speakers:
  • Tatyana Sharpee, The Salk Institute, USA
  • Michael Ibbotson, National Vision Research Institute, Australia
  • Yves Fregnac, CNRS, France
  • Jose-Manuel Alonso, State University of New York, USA
  • TR Vidyasagar, University of Melbourne Australia
  • Dirk Jancke, Ruhr University, Germany
  • Elizabeth Zavitz, Monash University, Australia
  • Simon Schultz, Imperial College, UK
Download the meeting Abstracts.

The receptive field is a fundamental concept in our understanding of how visual stimuli are processed in the brain. For example, in visual cortex it describes the region of visual space to which a neuron responds, but also, through the RF structure, the selectivity for certain visual features. Modern analysis techniques have allowed us to reduce the reliance on human intuition about which stimulus features are relevant to activate given RFs, thus allowing objective assessment of RF characteristics. These techniques have had a particularly significant impact on understanding nonlinear processing in the cortex. Aligned with these advances, we have seen major progress in understanding the neural circuits involved in creating the observed RF characteristics. Experimental approaches have been greatly supported by the development of computational frameworks based on the idea that the visual system is predictive, efficient and adaptive.

This satellite meeting will highlight recent advances in several linked fields, including new computational approaches to capture the non-linear feature selectivity of neurons in higher centres of the visual hierarchy, analysis of the actual neural pathways in the brain that lead to observed RFs and the relationship of RF structure to theories of efficient and predictive coding.

Hosted by Professor’s Michael Ibbotson and Ulf Eysel. An initiative of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Integrative Brain Function.

Supported by the SFB874 (www.rub.de/sfb874) of the German Research Foundation


For event enquiries, please contact Tenille Ryan.

Download the FENS satellite meeting flyer.

For more information on the main Forum, visit 11th FENS Forum on Neuroscience.

Australian and New Zealand Brain Bee Challenge 2018 – Round 1

Date: 12-16 March 2018
Where: Your local secondary school in Australia and New Zealand
Who: Year 10 students
Cost: Free

Teacher registrations are open for round 1 of the Australian Brain Bee Challenge, a neuroscience competition for Year 10 students.

For this round, students study the book Neuroscience: Science of the Brain. An Introduction for Young Students by The British Neuroscience Association and European Dana Alliance for the Brain. They then complete an online quiz in their schools under exam conditions to test their understanding of the structure and function of the brain.

Round 1 is held during Brain Awareness Week (12-16 March 2018), and administered by Education Perfect.

Visit our Australian Brain Bee Challenge website page for more information.