Workshop: Developing a theory on how brains work – University of Copenhagen

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The Copenhagen Initiative Workshop:

Developing a theory on how brains work


Neuroscience does not have, as physics does, a standard model that serves as a conceptual structure in which gaps of knowledge and inconsistencies can be isolated and serve as impetus for experiments, technological improvements or elaborate calculations. In this workshop the speakers are asked to present embryos of brain theories that could develop into a “standard model of the functions of the mammalian brain”. As our current experimental knowledge of mechanisms of brain dynamics is sparse, the talks will try to identify the gaps and bridge them by speculative hypotheses. The idea is that this exercise identifies crucial questions for brain science and produce hypotheses, of which some might be testable experimentally.

This is the second workshop in a series; the first workshop took place in 2016 and the outcome was published in a special issue of Neuron (Cell press):


May 23rd-25th 2019


The Carlsberg Academy, Copenhagen, Denmark. Information about the venue can be found here: Carlsberg Academy

Confirmed contributors

- Adrienne Fairhall, Univ. Washington, Seattle, USA
- Alexa Riehle, CNRS, Marseille, France
- Bing Brunton, Univ. Washington, Seattle, USA
- Gaute Einevoll, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Ås, Norway
- Gyorgy Buzsaki, NYU, New York, USA
- Haime Hirase, RIKEN, Wako, Japan
- Peter Dayan, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Tübingen, Germany
- Richard Morris, Univ. Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK
- Sara Solla, Northwestern Univ., Chicago, USA
- Sophie Denève, ENS, Paris, France
- Terry Sejnowski, Salk Institute, San Diego, USA
- Wulfram Gerstner, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland
- Yiota Poirazi, IMBB-FORTH, Heraklion-Crete, Greece
- Zhaoping Li, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Tübingen, Germany


Registration is closed


Steering board: Sophie Denève, John Hertz, Richard Morris, Maiken Nedergaard, Henrik Lindén and Per Roland.


The Lundbeck foundation


For any question please contact the local organizers:
Prof. Per Roland
Dr. Henrik Lindén