Wednesday, April 1, 2009

CNS workshop “Python in Neuroscience”: call for participation

We wish to announce the workshop “Python in Neuroscience”, to be held July 22nd-23rd, 2009 at the CNS’09 conference in Berlin, made possible by generous support from the European Union under the Bio-inspired Intelligent Information Systems program, project reference IST-2004-15879 (FACETS,, and by the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience (BCCN), Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg, Germany (

Python is rapidly becoming the de facto standard language for systems integration. Python has a large user and developer-base external to the neuroscience community, and a vast module library that facilitates rapid and maintainable development of complex and intricate systems. In this
workshop, we highlight efforts to develop Python modules for the domain of neuroscience software and neuroinformatics. Moreover, we seek to provide a representative overview of existing mature Python modules for neuroscience and neuroinformatics, to demonstrate a critical mass and show that Python is an appropriate choice of interpreter interface for future neuroscience software development.

There will be tutorial & demo sessions where visitors with laptops can install and get introduced and acquainted with Python and the various software. A preliminary program can be found on the CNS web site:

The workshop will include several sessions of lightning talks (, which are 5 minutes talks on any subject relevant to Python for neuroscience. Please send us an abstract proposal by email ( if you are interested in giving such a talk. It could be about your own personal software contribution or about your experience with an existing Python module or tool that you think could be relevant for neuroscience. We will select a limited number of abstracts from the submissions. The deadline for
submission is April 30th.

We look forward to seeing you in Berlin.

Eilif Muller, Jens Kremkow, Andrew Davison and Romain Brette

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