Venue: National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore, India
Organizers: Upinder Bhalla (NCBS, Bangalore, India), Arvind Kumar (Bernstein Center, Freiburg), Rishikesh Narayanan (Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore)
Duration: 27 June to 12 July, 2015
CAMP @ Bangalore (Computational Approaches to Memory and Plasticity at NCBS, Bangalore) is a 16-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 invited to apply. Familiarity with programming, dynamical systems, and/or computational neuroscience is desirable, but not necessary. We may also select a small number of exceptional undergraduate and Masters level students for the course, 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. 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.
Students worldwide are encouraged to apply. We plan to have ~40 international and Indian students. Accommodation and food will be free for these students. There is no registration fee. In case you applied last year for CAMP but didn't get selected, you can login with the same email address and password, and then resubmit the form with necessary changes.
Students are advised to obtain independent travel grants. See for example: International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility, Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds, 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 "camp2015 at ncbs.res.in". These letters are mandatory for the application. International applicants 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.
Any enquiries may be e-mailed to camp2015 at ncbs.res.in .
This course is funded by NCBS.