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PCN 2024 - Primate Cognitive Neuroscience Summer School 2024

July 28 - August 09, 2024 in Bad Bevensen, Germany

for PhD students and early postdocs working in Primate Systems Neurophysiology

Organized by

Hansjörg Scherberger, Alexander Gail, Igor Kagan, Raymundo Báez-Mendoza, and Stefan Treue

Impressions from PCN 2022



1) Sensory Cognition

  • Neural signal routing and network configuration
  • Visual search
  • Visual attention
  • Subcortical control of attention
  • Plasticity in visual perception
  • Visual Consciousness

2) Motor Cognition

  • Spatial motor cognition
  • Hand grasping control
  • Thalamo-cortical interactions
  • Cognitive cerebellum
  • Dimensionality reduction of neural population activity
  • Neural population changes with learning
  • Neural control of reaching and reflexes 
  • Cognitve motor control with sensory feedback

3) Decision Making and Social Cognition

  • Perceptual decision making
  • Decision making and the superior colliculus 
  • Attention and decision making in space and time
  • Multisensory integration and decision making
  • Social decision making

General Information

The third instantiation of this European Summer School will bring together PhD students, early postdocs, and an international list of faculty for an intense training programme in primate cognitive and systems neuroscience. It will provide an outstanding training opportunity for young scientists working with non-human primates.

Teaching will focus on cognitive processes in primate sensory and motor systems as well as in social settings and decision making, and will include important and novel results and methodologies. Topics of animal welfare, ethics, and media outreach will also be covered. Each faculty member will teach for about one half-day and furthermore will be available for individual scientific discussions, career planning advice, and scientific networking. Participants are expected to present their ongoing work in a poster presentation.

Selection of applicants is competitive, and a limited number of travel grants is available for international participants.

Please note: Due to the currently relaxated situation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, we do not require, but highly recommend that all faculty and students are adequately vaccinated for this event. ­­

Costs, Funding and Stipends

Thanks to external funding sources, the costs for the Summer School are largely covered. However we require a participation fee of 1000 Euro for the twelve days of scientific training. Funding supports the costs of:

  • course
  • accomodation in twin shared rooms
  • all meals and coffee breaks
  • selected social activities (kayaking, BBQ, guided tour, ...)

Travel has to be arranged and covered by the participants themselves. However, a very limited number of travel grants might available for international students in special situations. Please attach a reasoned request to your application.

Supported by

extended to: May 17, 2024 (final)!!

To apply, download, fill out, and submit this application form to GTPN(at)dpz.eu !


Participating Faculty

  • Raymundo Báez-Mendoza, German Primate Center
  • Paul Cisek, University of Montréal
  • Stefan Everling, University of Western Ontario
  • Alexander Gail, German Primate Center
  • Suliann Ben Hamed, Institut des Sciences Cognitives
  • Kari L. Hoffman, Vanderbilt University
  • Marcus Jeschke, German Primate Center
  • Igor Kagan, German Primate Center
  • Richard Krauzlis, National Institutes of Health
  • Andreas Kreiter, University of Bremen
  • Kristine Krug, University of Magdeburg
  • Emily Oby, University of Pittsburgh
  • Hansjörg Scherberger, German Primate Center
  • Caspar Schwiedrzik, University of Göttingen
  • Peter Thier, University of Tübingen
  • Stefan Treue, German Primate Center
  • Melanie Wilke, University Medical Center Göttingen

Organized by

  • Hansjörg Scherberger
  • Stefan Treue
  • Alexander Gail
  • Igor Kagan
  • Raymundo Báez-Mendoza

Selected participants

Selected candidates are expected to present a poster about their current project at the summer school (Format: A0 portrait) and to pay the Participation fee (1000 Euro) prior to the meeting (June, 2024)



The Summer School will take place at the Gustav Stresemann Institute, Bad Bevensen, Germany. It is located idyllically in northern Germany, 90minutes south by train from international airport Hamburg and connected to the fast train network of Germany.

Its modern seminar rooms invite for good learning opportunities and the surrounding nature as well as the institute's bar are inviting for get together for further discussions and socialising with peers and faculty from the field of primate cognitive neuroscience.


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