Venue: National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore, India
Organizer: Upinder Bhalla (NCBS, Bangalore, India)
Duration: 28 June to 12 July, 2014
CAMP @ Bangalore (Computational Approaches to Memory and Plasticity at NCBS, Bangalore) is a 15-day summer school on the theory and simulation of learning, memory and plasticity in the brain. PhD students and post-docs from theoretical and/or experimental backgrounds (physics, math, neuroscience, engineering, etc.) are welcome. Familiarity with programming, dynamical systems, and/or computational neuroscience is highly desirable. Master's or Bachelor's degree students can apply if they have sufficient background via courses and especially via project / hobby work related to these areas (write in your statement of interest & CV). The course will start with remedial tutorials on neuroscience / math / programming and then work upwards from sub-cellular electrical and chemical signaling in neurons, onward to micro-circuits and networks, all with an emphasis on learning, memory and plasticity.
We plan to have two 1 hour 30 min lectures in the mornings, hands-on tutorials in the afternoon/evenings, and also research lectures/discussions/project work in the evenings. Tentative schedule will be up by ~Feb end. Students should work on a short project and present it at the end of the school. Projects may be self-chosen or from those suggested by the lecturers.
Schedule can be seen here.
Students worldwide are encouraged to apply. We plan to have ~30 full-time students comprising international and Indian students, and ~20 Indian wait-listed students for the lectures only. Accommodation and food will be free for these students. There is no registration fee. (These details are being finalized and liable to change.)
Students are advised to obtain independent travel grants. See for example: International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility, Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds, Company of Biologists (last date 30th April), and the bottom of: http://ncbs.res.in/rdo/grants_for_junior_researchers).
Application Instructions: First create a new account by providing your e-mail id. A one-time activation link will be sent to it (check spam too), using which you should change your password, and then follow the 'click here to apply for the course' link. Be ready with your CV, and a statement of interest (~250-500 words) to upload as pdf or doc files. In your statement of interest, mention the related projects you have done / are doing and how you will benefit from the course. You must enter required fields in all the tabs to save your application, but you can modify the fields till the last date. Please ask two referees to e-mail a letter of recommendation each to "camp2014 at ncbs.res.in". These letters are mandatory for the application. Non-Indians are requested to provide their passport details to be forwarded to the appropriate ministry for visa clearance (takes 2-3 months, so apply early). Passport information will be kept strictly confidential.
Last date for applying is
30th Mar, 2014. extended to 14th April, 2014. (CLOSED)
Update on 23 June, 2014: No anticipated vacancies in the full-time or lectures-only categories.
Any enquiries may be e-mailed to camp2014 at ncbs.res.in .
Funding is from NCBS and Department of Biotechnology, Government of India.
Lecturers (in order of first lecture)
Teaching Assistants (in order of first tutorial):