We are grateful to the Medical Research Council and the Company of Biologists for sponsoring this workshop.

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Workshop location:

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

Map and directions

Nearby hotels:

All within walking distance (< 30 minutes).

Oxford Road is a main bus route through the city, and so has frequent buses between the hotels/railway stations and the workshop location.

The bus network route planner is here .

Main conference hotel

Holiday Inn Express, Oxford Road

Other options:

Travelodge, Upper Brook Street

Ibis Hotel, Princess Street


Each session of the programme will comprise a pair of talks where both speakers are working on the same (broad) theme, with one primarily focussed on experimental approaches and the other primarily focussed on computational approaches. 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 be a poster session and wine reception.

Final programme:ISN Workshop Programme


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 details:

Abstracts should include:

  • Title
  • Author list with affiliations
  • Presenting author email address
  • Summary of work (max 300 words)

Submission process

Email: isn2015@manchester.ac.uk
Subject line: ISN2015 abstract
Attach: PDF of abstract

Selection process

Abstracts will be considered by the organisers

The top 20 abstracts will have their registration fee waived (details to follow).

A maximum of 30 poster abstracts will be selected.


Abstract submission opens: December 10th 2014
Abstract submission closes: January 30th 2015
Decision notification: February 13th 2015


About the Workshop

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.


Rafal Bogacz (Oxford)
Matteo Carandini (UCL)
Peter Dayan (Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit, UCL)
Ken Harris (UCL)
Peter Magill (MRC Brain Network Dynamics Unit, Oxford)
Daniel O’Connor (John Hopkins University)
Michael Orger (Champalimaud Institute, Lisbon)
Srdjan Ostojic (Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris)
Alex Thiele (University of Newcastle)
Gasper Tkacik (IST Austria)

Integrated Systems Neuroscience Workshop 2015