Workshop: Spatial Brain Dynamics

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Traditionally, the term dynamics means changes in a system evolving over time. However, in the brain action potentials propagate along axons to induce postsynaptic currents with different delays at many sites simultaneously. This fundamental computational mechanism evolves spatially to engage the neuron populations involved in brain functions. To identify and understand the spatial processing in brains, this workshop will focus on the spatial principles of brain dynamics that determine how action potentials and membrane currents propagate in the networks of neurons that brains are made of. We will focus on non-artificial dynamics, which excludes in vitro dynamics, interference, electrical and optogenetic stimulations of brains in vivo. Recent non-artificial studies of spatial brain dynamics can actually explain how sensory, motor and internal brain functions evolve. The purpose of this workshop is to discuss these recent results and identify common principles of spatial brain dynamics.

Confirmed participants

  • György Buzsáki  NYU .N.Y. USA
  • Sonja Grün, Forschungscentrum Jülich, Germany
  • Kenneth Harris, UCL, London, UK
  • Jennifer Li & Drew Robson, Max Planck, Tübingen, Germany
  • David McCormick, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, USA
  • Bruce McNaughton, University of California Irvine, CA, USA
  • Thomas Mrsic-Flogel , Sainsbury Wellcome Center, UK
  • Carl Petersen, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Terry Sejnowski, Salk Institute, La Jolla , CA, USA


This meeting will take place online (zoom) over three consecutive days between 17:00- 19:30 CET and will consist of talks followed by discussions:

Tuesday May 11th

17.00: Jennifer Li and Drew Robson: Uncovering the spatial dynamics of internal brain states in zebrafish larvae by whole brain calcium imaging
17:40 Thomas Mrsic-Flogel: Brain-wide dynamics during decision making in mice
18:20 David McCormick: Rapid cortical dynamics: a view from the macro to the synaptic
19:00-19.30 Discussion

Wednesday May 12th

17:00 Carl Petersen: Neural circuits for goal-directed sensorimotor transformation
17:40 Bruce McNaughton: Transferring the hippocampal index code to neocortex
18.20 Sonja Grün:  Spatio-temporal spike patterns in primate cortex
19:00-19.30 Discussion

Thursday May 13th

17:00 Kenneth Harris: Dynamics of spiking across the brain during a decision task
17:40 György Buzsáki: Coding: time is a segment of neuronal space
18:20 Terrence Sejnowski: Principles of spatial dynamics in primate cerebral cortex
19:00-19.30 Discussion


The meeting is free but registration is required. Please register here (a zoom link will be sent with the registration confirmation)


This workshop is the third the series “How does the brain work?:” organised by the Copenhagen Initiative funded by the Lundbeck foundation.


Per E. Roland

Professor of Neurodynamics, M.D., PhD
Department of Neuroscience
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
University of Copenhagen
Blegdamsvej 3B, 2200 Copenhagen N

Henrik Lindén

Assistant professor, PhD
Department of Neuroscience
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
University of Copenhagen