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International Workshop on Neural Coding

In early October 2014, more than 80 persons participated in the 11th Neural Coding Workshop.

International workshop
Updated on 11/10/2014
Published on 11/07/2014

Organized under the auspices of INRA Versailles-Grignon, the International Workshop on Neural Coding took place from October 6 to 10, 2014 in Versailles. Its main theme was the search for common principles of neural coding.

Beyond the disciplines, listening to the nervous system

For four days, the subjects went from cell transduction pathways to behavior, from experiments on invertebrates to clinical studies, from mathematical modeling to large-scale simulations of neural networks.
Young scientists as well as experienced researchers, all interested in the study of the nervous system, either through theory, modeling or via computational approaches have thus exchanged beyond their disciplines to compare results from different functional levels and their implications for sensation, cognition and autonomous action.
The highlight of the workshop was unanimously the inaugural conference conducted masterfully by Jean-Pierre Changeux, renowned French neurobiologist, member of the Academy of Sciences and connoisseur of arts, and devoted to selective stabilization of synapses and the epigenesis of higher brain functions.

International workshops since 1995

This workshop on neural coding is the eleventh in a series that Petr Lansky and Jean-Pierre Rospars launched in 1995 in Prague (CZE) in a vibrant scientific context. The series has continued with great success every two years. The workshop was organized successively in Europe, Asia and America: Versailles (1995), Osaka (1999), Plymouth (2001), Aula (2003), Marburg (2005), Montevideao (2007), Tainan (2009), Cyprus (2010) and Prague (2012) before returning to Versailles this year.

This eleventh edition was organized by Philippe Lucas and Jean-Pierre Rospars, JRU Institute of Ecology and Environmental Sciences - Paris (Université Pierre et Marie Curie, CNRS, INRA, IRD, Université Paris-Diderot, Université Paris -Est Créteil).

Neural coding, in a few words

Neural coding is a neuroscience-related field concerned with the representation of sensory or other information through the nervous system.

Neural coding aims at understanding how individual neurons or network address and then forward this information in the form of electrical pulses. In a broad sense, neural coding is also seen as understanding the neural bases of cognitive abilities and behavior.

Institute of Ecology and environmental sciences – Paris

IEES Paris gathers about 230 people, organized into 13 research teams and 4 scientific departments, and has two main objectives: Analyzing and modeling the structure, functioning and evolution of ecological systems for predictive ecology and environmental sciences;  Contributing to innovation in sustainable management of biodiversity, ecosystems and biological resources and to development of global change adaptation strategies

Several colleagues from the INRA Versailles-Grignon Research Centre work in the following research teams:

  • Microbial communities in continental ecosystems led by Jean-François Humbert (INRA) / Community diversity and ecosystem functioning Department;
  • Chimio-reception and adaptation led by Philippe Lucas (INRA) and Neuro-ethology of olfaction / Sensorial ecology Department led par Emmanuelle Jacquin-Joly (INRA).
  • Biogeography and diversity of interactions in soil / Soil and water sciences Department.