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Anja Nörenberg at the Sloan-Swartz meeting 2009 at the Harvard University in Cambridge

Anja Nörenberg at the Sloan-Swartz meeting 2009 at the Harvard University in Cambridge

 

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In the final stage of my PhD thesis I got the opportunity to present a poster at the Sloan-Swartz meeting in Cambridge, hosted by Harvard University’s Center for Brain Science. Because of several aspects this meeting was excellent. First, the number of participants attended was not too large, thereby making it easy to find again particular persons within the crowd to ask them about their talk or poster. Second, the organization was well thought out. It was arranged for us (Bernstein members) staying at the student houses of Lesley University near the conference venue. The location of the lecture hall, the poster presentations and breakfast/coffee breaks were close-by. Furthermore, all posters were present at their posterwalls throughout the meeting, thus all of them could be visited easily plus I could present my poster any time. Third, a big banquet was organized for all participants providing an even more convenient atmosphere for many more discussions.

The program was a well chosen combination of experimental and theoretical contributions. Scientists from well-known universities such as Brandeis University, California Institut of Technology, Harvard University, Princeton University, or Yale University presented their work about topics ranging from in-vitro studies from cortical networks (David McCormick), movement processing within the retina (Markus Meister), to theoretical considerations of decision making.
It was also great to meet Bernstein members from other universities. One of them, Tatjana Tchumatchenko, could present her work in a talk. The discussion after the talk was high level and even after the talk there was a crowd around her. It was great to see such a success of one of our Bernstein members.

I very much enjoyed the stay at the Sloan-Swartz meeting as an interesting, exciting and sophisticated scientific event, but also the great environment of Boston and Cambridge made me think that living and working in the US might be imaginable for me in the future.

 

Anja Nörenberg

 


 

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