From Maps to Circuits: Models and Mechanisms for Generating Neural Connections


Michael Reber, Michael Crair, Stephen Eglen, David Feldheim.

Aim of the meeting

Understanding the development of the nervous system is a key challenge that has been approached by both experimental and theoretical neuroscientists. In recent years there has been a gradual move towards the two groups working more with each other. The idea of this workshop is to bring key people together who have shown an interest at combining theoretical and experimental techniques to discuss current problems in neuronal development, and plan future collaborative efforts.

Time at the end of each day of the workshop will be devoted to a group discussion about questions that have been raised during the day to identify possible research directions and people willing to pursue them.

This meeting follows on from our first meeting on this theme held in Edinburgh, July 2014 (details at


The draft version of the program is now available.


Here is a poster if you would like to help advertise our meeting.

Confirmed speakers


This meeting is supported by the University of Strasbourg Institute for Advanced Study (USIAS), Neurôpole Strasbourg, City of Strasbourg (Communaute Urbaine de Strasbourg), Idex Joint Master in Neurosciences - University of Strasbourg, Institute of Cellular and Integrative Neurosciences (INCI), Strasbourg, Wellcome Trust, The Company of Biologists and Région Alsace.



The workshop will be held at the University of Strasbourg.

The nearest international airport is Entzheim (SXB), just a ten-minute train ride from Strasbourg city centre. Other nearby airports that will require a train/bus connection include Baden-Baden, Basel and Zurich.

December is a great time to visit Strasbourg, as the world-famous Christmas market is ongoing, attracting up to 250,000 visitors each year. Strasbourg is also regarded as a "capital" of Europe, with the European Congress and Parliament, and also the Parliament of Human Rights. See below for photos.


Please see the list of local hotels if you are looking for accommodation. Please note that due to the Christmas market, hotels tend to be very busy and early booking is recommended.




The meeting will begin on a full moon, Monday 7th December at 09:00 and finish on Wednesday 9th December at 13:00. We therefore recommend people to arrive on Sunday, and we will arrange an informal gathering on Sunday night.

A detailed programme will appear here when ready.


There will be a visit and dinner at the Christmas Market on Monday December 7th.

There will be a gala dinner for all participants on Tuesday December 8th.


In addition to the guest speakers, we will select three junior scientists to give talks about their works. These talks will be selected based on an abstract submitted before the meeting. All abstracts submitted, for talks or posters, will be made available in the programme.

Poster session

There will be a poster session for people to present their work. We anticipate offering several poster prizes for the best student posters.


Attendees are invited to bring a poster to present your work. The posters will be on display throughout the entire meeting. If you would like to submit a poster, please send a title and abstract (maximum 350 words) to with the subject line

Abstract submission by SURNAME

replacing SURNAME with your surname.

A few posters will be selected for a short talk (20 minutes plus questions) by the organizing committee. If you would like to be considered for a short talk, please send your abstract to us by Friday 30th October. Otherwise, we will accept abstracts for posters until Monday 30th November.

We also intend to have a lightning poster session whereby you will have one minute to highlight the material on your poster using one powerpoint slide. Attendees will be contacted about this closser to the meeting.

Posters should be made in "A0 portrait" size (841 mm wide x 1189 mm high).


If you have any queries about the meeting, please contact the organizers via our email: