Summer School 2019: Primate Cognitive Neuroscience

For PhD students and early postdocs working in Primate Systems Neurophysiology

July 28 - August 09, 2019 in Bad Bevensen, Germany

Organized by

Hansjörg Scherberger, Stefan Treue, Alexander Gail and Igor Kagan

An extended Program (PDF) can be downloaded here.


1) Sensory Cognition

  • Neural signal routing and network configuration
  • Visual search
  • Multisensory integration
  • Neuronal rhythms
  • Numerosity

2) Motor Cognition

  • Cognitive cerebellum
  • Spatial motor cognition
  • Dimensionality reduction of neural population activity
  • Neural population changes with learning
  • Neural control of reaching and reflexes
  • Hand grasping

3) Decision Making and Social Cognition

  • Visual attention
  • Subcortical control of attention
  • Perceptual decision making
  • Basal ganglia and superior colliculus circuits in perceptual decision-making
  • Attention and decision making in space and time
  • Thalamo-cortical interactions and cognitive functioning
  • Thalamo-cortical decision making
  • Consciousness

General Information

This newly established European Summer School will bring together PhD students, early postdocs, and an international list of faculty for an intense training programme in primate cognitive and systems neuroscience. It will provide an outstanding training opportunity for young scientists working with non-human primates.

Teaching will focus on cognitive processes in primate sensory and motor systems as well as in social settings and decision making, and will include important and novel results and methodologies. Topics of animal welfare, ethics, and media outreach will also be covered. Each faculty member will teach for about one half-day and furthermore will be available for individual scientific discussions, career planning advice, and scientific networking. Participants are expected to present their ongoing work in a poster presentation.

Selection of applicants is competitive, and a limited number of travel grants is available for international participants.


Costs, Funding and Stipends

Thanks to the DFG 1847 and the GTPN the costs per participant of 2100 Euro for the Summer School will be mostly covered, however we require a participation fee of 300 Euro for the twelve days of scientific training. Furthermore, travelling has to be arranged and covered by the participants themselves.

For international students, a limited number of travel grants is available. Please attach a reasoned request to your application.


Funding supports the costs of:

  • course
  • accomodation in twin shared rooms
  • all meals and coffee breaks
  • selected social activities (kayaking, BBQ, guided tour, ...)

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Confirmed Faculty

  • Dora Angelaki, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Michele A. Basso, University of California
  • Aaron Batista, University of Pittsburgh
  • Alexander Gail, German Primate Center
  • Suliann Ben Hamed, Institut des Sciences Cognitives
  • Kari L. Hoffmann, Vanderbilt University
  • Igor Kagan, German Primate Center
  • Richard Krauzlis, National Institutes of Health
  • Andreas Kreiter, University of Bremen
  • Kristine Krug, Oxford University
  • Anna Mitchell, Oxford University
  • Andreas Nieder, University of Tübingen
  • Andrew Pruszynski, University of Western Ontario
  • Hansjörg Scherberger, German Primate Center
  • Markus Siegel, University of Tübingen
  • Peter Thier, University of Tübingen
  • Stefan Treue, German Primate Center
  • Melanie Wilke, University Medical Center Göttingen
  • Byron Yu, Carnegie Mellon University

Application - now closed!

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A committee has select 25 candidates by end of April.

Participation fee of 300 Euro is due by May 15, 2019.


Selected candidates are expected to present a poster about their current project at the summer school (Format: A0 portrait).


The Summer School will take place at the Gustav Stresemann Institute, Bad Bevensen, Germany. It is located idyllically in northern Germany, 90minutes south by train from international airport Hamburg and connected to the fast train network of Germany.

Its modern seminar rooms invite for good learning opportunities and the surrounding nature as well as the institute's bar are inviting for get together for further discussions and socialising with peers and faculty from the field of primate cognitive neuroscience.

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