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This meeting will be conducted in English.

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Twitter hashtag for this meeting: #KSbrain

State of the Brain (R1)

Scientific Organizers: Terrence J. Sejnowski and Sten Grillner


May 22—26, 2016

Alpbach Congress Centrum, Alpbach, Austria


Lead Sponsor: Allen Institute for Brain Science


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Discounted Abstract Deadline: January 21, 2016


Abstract Submission Fee: 100.00 USD*
Submission by this date receives 50.00 USD discount.
*50.00 USD will be applied to Registration Fee when you register

Abstract Details: It is best to submit your abstract early. Abstract and registration spaces are limited and may fill prior to the abstract or discounted registration deadlines. Submitting an abstract does not constitute or guarantee registration.

Submitting your abstract early allows us to:
  • submit your abstract to organizers to be considered for a short talk
  • accept your abstract online
  • include your abstract on our website and in our secure mobile app
  • reserve your space at the meeting for a poster presentation.**
**Submitting an abstract does not constitute or guarantee registration.
(The Abstract Deadline: is February 23, 2016)

Global Health Travel Award Deadline:


Global Health Travel Award Details: You MUST complete your Global Health Travel Award appplication by the Global Health Travel Award Deadline and complete the other required steps (verify your contact information and submit a recommendation letter) to be considered for a travel award.


Click here to learn more about Global Health Travel Awards.

Scholarship Deadline: January 21, 2016


Scholarship Details: You MUST submit your abstract by the Scholarship Deadline and complete the other required steps (submit a scholarship application and submit a mentor letter) to be considered for a scholarship.

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Abstract Deadline: February 23, 2016


Abstract Submission Fee: 100.00 USD*
*50.00 USD will be applied to Registration Fee when you register

Details: It is best to submit your abstract early. Abstract and registration spaces are limited and may fill prior to the abstract or discounted registration deadline. Submitting an abstract does not constitute or guarantee registration.

Submitting your abstract by the Abstract Deadline allows us to:
  • submit your abstract to organizers to be considered for a short talk
  • include your abstract on our website and in our secure mobile app
  • reserve your space at the meeting for a poster presentation.**
**Submitting an abstract does not constitute or guarantee registration.
Abstracts submitted after the Abstract Deadline will NOT be considered for a short talk.

(Discounted Abstract Deadline: is January 21, 2016)

Discounted Registration Deadline: March 22, 2016


Registration Fee: 845.00 USD* (includes 150.00 USD discount)
Student Registration Fee: 620.00 USD* (must complete student verification form)

*Includes 50.00 USD of your abstract submission fee

After the Discounted Registration Deadline:


Registration Fee: 995.00 USD*
Student Registration Fee: 770.00 USD* (must complete student verification form)

*Includes 50.00 USD of your abstract submission fee

Registration spaces are limited and may fill prior to discounted registration deadline.

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Things to Do

Walking distance  = Walking distance (within 1/2 mile of conference center)  FREE Shuttle/Bus available  = FREE Shuttle/Bus available
Shuttle/Bus required  = Shuttle/Bus required  Car/Taxi required  = Car/Taxi required  not available  = Not Available

Suggestion: To find other attendees who may want to join you in activities, use the message board located near the Registration Desk. Post your contact information and activity of interest, and be sure to check the message board during the meeting for posts by fellow attendees.
Biking Walking distance Shuttle/Bus required Fifteen different mountain bike paths are available for enthusiastic riders ranging from easy to difficult. Four shops provide rental bikes.
More Information

Alpbach Congress Centrum: Biking


Listed below are some of the businesses that you may want to contact for this activity.

Biking at Alpbach
  Website: http://www.aktivbiking.com/aktivbiking/index.php
  Notes: Translate page into English.
Walking distance Shuttle/Bus required

Hiking Walking distance With over 160km of footpaths and hiking trails, Alpbachtal Valley is a paradise for walkers and hikers of all ability levels: explore gently rolling hills, precipitous rock faces, or lush green Alpine pastures. For more information, click here.
Sightseeing Car/Taxi required Shuttle/Bus required Visit the spectacular Crystal World in Wattens, only 30 minutes away. Crystal World features artist crystal works by world reknown artists including André Heller, Salvador Dali, Hans Enzensberger, and Hubert Aratym. The museum includes an outdoor park with labyrinth, crystal dome, and the famous green giant. You can sign up for a bus trip to Crystal Worlds and Rattenberg at the meeting.
Site Provided Activity Walking distance Car/Taxi required Paragliding, hiking, ancient churches and modern art. Alpbach provides entertainment to stimulate and lovely vistas to relax.
Other Walking distance Car/Taxi required Shuttle/Bus required You can visit the Alpbach Tourism Office for more information on activities in the area.

Other Walking distance Car/Taxi required Shuttle/Bus required For the complete list of activities and highlights in Alpbach and the surrounding area, click here.
Swimming Walking distance Car/Taxi required Shuttle/Bus required Alpbach boasts an abundance of crystal clear water: fresh springs, brooks, rivers and lakes. You can choose from outdoor swimming baths or indoor swimming pools.

Other Walking distance Car/Taxi required Shuttle/Bus required For the complete list of activities and highlights in Alpbach and the surrounding area, click here.
Museums Walking distance Car/Taxi required Alpbach Museum on Alpine Farmers & Historic Sites showcases several farm buildings built between 1636 and 1638 . The farm site has been restored to its original appearance, including live chickens, cows and farm workers.
Live Music Walking distance Car/Taxi required Music is a strong tradition in Alpbach. Along with summer festivals you will find live music in taverns, pubs and on the streets. Don't be surprised if you hear a few yodels while milling about.

Dining Walking distance FREE Shuttle/Bus available Shuttle/Bus required With 12 restaurants, 5 pubs, 8 taverns and several coffee houses there's something for everybody in Alpbach.
Market/Grocery Walking distance Alpbach has a SPAR Markt right in town for groceries, toiletries, and other small items.
Amounts are in US dollars
The above information is provided as a courtesy to our conferees and is subject to change without notice.