About

With this symposium, we are bringing together leading scientists from Stanford University and EPFL to discuss the future of Neuroscience and Neurotechnologies. The speakers will describe new technologies as well as state-of-the-art studies investigating cognition and behavior across animal models and robots. This symposium is organised by the EPFL‘s Brain Mind Institute with the generous support of Firmenich.

The EPFL Neuro Symposium is organized by Pavan Ramdya and Carmen Sandi from the EPFL Brain Mind Institute

Guests

Geneviève Berger
Speaker

Firmenich
Chief Research Officer

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Geneviève Berger
Speaker
Auke Ijspeert
Speaker

EPFL
Full Professor
Bioengineering BIOROB

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Auke Ijspeert
Speaker
Felix Naef
Speaker

EPFL
Associate Professor
Brain Mind Institute IBI UPNAE

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Felix Naef
Speaker
Xiaoke Chen
Speaker

Stanford
Associate Professor - Biology

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Xiaoke Chen
Speaker
Julia Kaltschmidt
Speaker

Stanford
Associate Professor - Neurosurgery

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Julia Kaltschmidt
Speaker
Allison Okamura
Speaker

Stanford
Professor - Mechanical Engineering

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Allison Okamura
Speaker
Tom Clandinin
Speaker

Stanford
Professor - Neurobiology

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Tom Clandinin
Speaker
Brian McCabe
Chair

EPFL
Associate professor
Brain Mind Institute UPMCCABE

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Brian McCabe
Chair
Pavan Ramdya
Speaker

EPFL
Assistant Professor
Brain Mind Institute & Bioengineering UPRAMDYA
Firmenich Next-Gen Chair

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Pavan Ramdya
Speaker
Johannes Gräff
Speaker

EPFL
Professor Assistant Tenure Track
Brain Mind Institute UPGRAEFF
Chair Nestlé

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Johannes Gräff
Speaker
Bill Newsome
Speaker

Stanford
Professor - Neurobiology
Director of the Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute

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Bill Newsome
Speaker
Carmen Sandi
Speaker

EPFL
Full Professor
Brain Mind Institute LGC

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Carmen Sandi
Speaker

Program

9:00-9:30

Welcome Coffee and Registration

SV Hall

9:30-10:30

Bill Newsome
Opening Lecture

Stanford Professor - Neurobiology
Director of the Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute

10:30 – 12:30   Panel 1: Forward and reverse engineering behavior

Chair: Brian McCabe EPFL Brain Mind Institute
10:30-10:45

Tom Clandinin
Lecture

Stanford Professor - Neurobiology

10:45-11:00

Pavan Ramdya
Lecture

EPFL Assistant Professor
Brain Mind Institute & Bioengineering UPRAMDYA
Firmenich Next-Gen Chair

11:15-11:30

Allison Okamura
Lecture

Stanford Professor - Mechanical Engineering

11:30-11:45

Auke Ijspeert
Lecture

EPFL Full Professor Bioengineering BIOROB

14:00 – 16:00   Panel 2: Neuroscience beyond the brain

Chair: Johannes Graeff – EPFL Brain Mind Institute
14:00-14:15

Julia Kaltschmidt
Lecture

Stanford Associate Professor - Neurosurgery

14:15-14:30

Felix Naef
Lecture

Associate Professor Bioengineering UPNAE

14:30-14:45

Xiaoke Chen
Lecture

Stanford Associate Professor - Biology

14:45-15:00

Carmen Sandi
Lecture

EPFL Full Professor
Brain Mind Institute LGC

15:30-16:00

Geneviève Berger
Lecture

Firmenich Chief Research Officer

Sponsor

Registration

To take the course ” State-of-the-Art Topics in Neuroscience IX (2019)” BIO-696(9) worth 1 ECTS, please click here

Practical information

Check out the FAQs to find the answers to common questions. Can't find your question answered here? Contact us.

When will the conference take place ?

The conference will take place from January 16, 2020.

Where will the conference take place ?

The conference will take place in the SV1717 room located on the EPFL campus.

Accomodation

Recommended options for accommodation include the Starling Hotel and the Swisstech Hotel for proximity of the conference venue, the Lausanne Guesthouse for budget accommodation.

Other options include the Hotel Ibis-Centre, Hotel Elite and Hotel Alpha-Palmiers.

Please also see the Lausanne Tourist Office for a comprehensive list of hotels in Lausanne.

Other options include the Hotel Ibis-Centre, Hotel Elite and Hotel Alpha-Palmiers.

Please also see the Lausanne Tourist Office for a comprehensive list of hotels in Lausanne.

Unfortunately, we will not be able to assist attendees with the booking of their accommodation.

From Geneve airport (Cointrin) to Lausanne

The journey to Lausanne takes about 45 minutes. There are 3 departures per hour. Most connections are direct from the “Geneve aéroport” bus station to Lausanne.

You will find the timetables at this adress:

From Zurich airport (Kloten) to Lausanne

The journey to Lausanne takes about 2½ hours. There are 2 departures per hour. Some trains have a connection in Bern or  Zürich Hauptbahnhof (Zürich HB). Follow the link below and type as your departure location : “Zürich Flughafen”.

From Bâle airport (EuroAirport) to Lausanne

There isn’t any train station in the airport. You’ll have to take a shuttle to the central railway station (Basel SBB) which takes about 20 minutes. The journey to Lausanne takes about 2½ hours. There are 2 departures per hour. There will be a connection weather in Berne or Bienne. Follow the link below and type as your departure location : “Basel Airport”.

Coming by train

All train timetables can be find through this link :

From Paris to Lausanne

4 TGV per day connect Paris-Gare de Lyon to Lausanne. The journey is direct and takes about 4 hours.

From Lyon to Lausanne

The journey from Lyon-Part-Dieu” to Lausanne takes 2½ heures. There is a train every 2 hours. Please note that there is a connection in Genève.

From Milan to Lausanne

From Milan central train station, the journey takes 4 hours (3 hours with the cisalpin). There is a departure every 2 hours. Usually there is no connection.

Getting to the conference

Due to severely restricted parking availabilities on EPFL grounds, we strongly recommend using taxi or public transportation to get there. You can reach EPFL using metro line M1 from Lausanne or Renens, bus lines 701 from Morges and 31 from Ecublens/Renens/Prilly.

If driving is the only option, you can purchase parking tickets at the meeting reception desk (CHF 10 for the day).

Public transportation

Please buy a ticket for the needed number of zones (between 3 and 4CHF)

  • From Lausanne (20 to 30 minutes)

From Lausanne, take the M2 from the CFF train station (next to the Mc Donald). Go down at the Flon stop and take the M1 in direction of Renens and go down at the EPFL stop. Then walk across the EPFL campus to the SV building.

  • From Renens (20mn)

Take the bus n°31 in direction of “Venoge Sud” go down at the stop “Paqueret”, don’t forget to press the red button in the bus to ask the bus to stop. Then walk to the SV building.

Or take the metro m1 in direction of Lausanne Flon, go down at the EPFL stop. Then walk across the EPFL to the SV building.

  • By Uber

There are Uber drivers in Lausanne. Please download the app on your phone to book a ride.

  • By taxi

Find below the link to the website of Lausanne taxis.

Meals

EPFL Campus offers a variety of restaurants open to the public.

The coffee breaks, lunch are included in the registration and will be served in the SV hall.

Will I be able to connect to the internet ?

Wireless internet access will be granted to the symposium participants: please ask for details at the welcome desk.

Event location

Here, you will find directions to the conference venue. More space to meet and network!