28 February – 03 March 2019
Lisbon, Portugal

04 – 05 March 2019
Cascais, Portugal



In an effort to coordinate submissions, the organizers are *strongly encouraged* to submit a pre-proposal by *30 September 2018.* Pre-proposals will be shared among submitters. Pre-proposals are not mandatory, but workshops with a pre-proposal will have priority. The organizers may submit the full proposal by its deadline.

A series of workshops will be held after the main Cosyne meeting ( The goal is to provide an informal forum for the discussion of important research questions and challenges. Controversial issues, open problems, comparisons of competing approaches, and alternative viewpoints are encouraged.

The overarching goal of all workshops should be the integration of empirical and theoretical approaches, in an environment that fosters collegial discussion and debate. Preference will be given to proposals that differ substantially in content, scope, and/or approach from workshops of recent years (examples available at -> Workshops).

Relevant topics include, but are not limited to: sensory processing; motor planning and control; functional neural circuits; motivation, reward and decision making; learning and memory; adaptation and plasticity; neural coding; neural circuitry and network models; and methods in computational or systems neuroscience.

In order to foster discussion within Workshops and reduce overlap between workshops, organizers should inform invited speakers that a single person should not speak in more than one of the Workshops taking place on the same day.


– There will be 4-8 workshops/day, running in parallel.
– Each workshop is expected to draw between 15 and 80 people.
– The workshops will be split into morning (8.00-11.00 AM) and afternoon
(4.30-7.30 PM) sessions.
– Workshops will be held at Cascais, a coastal village ~34 km west of Lisbon. Buses from the main conference will be provided.


Submission instructions for workshop (pre)-proposals are available at -> Workshops.

PRE-PROPOSALS should include:

– Name(s) and email address(es) of the organizers (no more than 2 organizers per session, please). A primary contact should be designated.
– A title.
– A brief description of 1) what the workshop will address and accomplish, 2) why the topic is of interest, 3) who is the targeted group of participants.
– Names of potential invitees, with indication of confirmed speakers.
Preference will be given to workshops with the most confirmed speakers.
– Proposed workshop length (1 or 2 days). Most workshops will be limited to a single day. If you think your workshop needs two days, please explain why.
– A brief resume of the workshop organizer along with a short list of workshop-relevant publications (about half a page total).

FULL PROPOSALS should include the list of confirmed speakers in addition to components required for a pre-proposal.

Workshop organizer responsibilities include coordinating workshop participation and content, scheduling all speakers and submitting a final schedule for the workshop program, and moderating the discussion.
Organizers can be speakers but need not speak depending on scheduling constraints.


Experience has shown that the best discussions during a workshop are those that arise spontaneously. A good way to foster these is to have short talks and long question periods (e.g. 30+15 minutes), and have plenty of breaks. We recommend fewer than 10 talks.

When preparing pre-proposals and full proposals, the organizers are encouraged to:

– address timeliness of workshop in the proposal: what new insights have been generated (new papers, data, techniques, whatever) over the past few years that make now the right time for discussing them and for presenting them to the wider community?

– directly describe how speakers address the central topic, e.g. which are the big question(s), which speakers represent different viewpoints on the same question, which experimentalist addresses the theories addressed by which theoretician (and vice versa);

– address controversies and bring together speakers from different “camps” in the same field, or from different fields that they think should talk more to each other for whatever reason;


Detailed registration costs, etc, will be available at
Please note: Cosyne does NOT provide travel funding for workshop speakers. All workshop speakers are expected to pay for workshop registration fees. Participants are encouraged to register early, in order to qualify for discounted registration rates. One complementary
(free) organizer registration is provided per workshop. For workshops with 2 organizers, the free registration can be given to one of the organizers or split evenly between them.


Catherine Hartley (NYU) and Ralf Haefner (University of Rochester)


email: workshops [at]


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