October 8-10, 2018, Museum Volkenkunde, Leiden

Meeting on Spontaneous Activity in Brain Development

The discovery that the developing brain generates spontaneous activity already before the senses become active excited many neuroscientists. Since its discovery, many studies have shown that spontaneous activity is required for normal wiring of the brain. However, only recent technological advances have allowed investigating how spontaneous activity actually drives cellular and molecular processes, such as synaptic plasticity, to prepare the brain for computing sensory inputs. The goal of this meeting is to bring together scientists working in this field from across the world to present and discuss the latest, ideally unpublished, data on the role of spontaneous activity in the developing brain.

Organizers: Christian Lohmann (Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience, Amsterdam, The Netherlands) and Guillermina Lopez-Bendito (Institute of Neuroscience, Alicante, Spain).

Arrival & departure: The meeting will be in Leiden (see map below) and will start on Monday 8th October at 1:00pm and finish with a light lunch on Wednesday 10th October.


Brochure and A3 flyer for the meeting.

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Museum Volkenkunde Leiden, Steenstraat 1. Leiden, Netherlands
Leiden is about 40 km to the south of Amsterdam. The venue is just a few minutes walk from Leiden train station.

If you are looking for local accommodation, one possibility is the IBIS Leiden Centre Stationsplein 240-242. This is just a few minutes walk away from the meeting.


Registration for the meeting is now open. To register, visit this form and submit your details. You will get an automatic email confirming your details. Within a few days you should then hear from us whether your registration has been accepted, and if so, asking for payment.

The fees for registration are: Corporate 500€, PI 350€, postdocs 300€, students 250€. (Early registration closed 31st July.) Payment can be made by bank transfer.

The registration fee includes registeration to the meeting, lunches, coffee breaks and a gala dinner on the second evening.


To contact us about the meeting, please email spont2018@gmail.com