ESI Systems Neuroscience Conference 2024

Time in the brain: How does the brain encode and use time to make sense of and interact with the world?

General Information

We are pleased to announce that the Ernst Strüngmann Institute Systems Neuroscience Conference (ESI SyNC) 2024 will take place on September 26 and 27 at the Ernst Strüngmann Institute in Frankfurt, Germany.

This year’s topic is: Time in the brain: How does the brain encode and use time to make sense of and interact with the world? Ten experts will present their research, ranging from basic network interactions, probed at the single-neuron level, to population responses to behavior and its cognitive underpinnings.

This year’s ESI SyNC integrates different aspects of time in the brain, using approaches from neuroscience, biology, psychology and cognitive science. Specifically, the topics include timing as a computational primitive, the perception of time, temporal attention and expectancy, interval timing, rhythmic and multi-person timing. Neural timing mechanisms will be explored at cortical and sub-cortical levels in non-human animals, including rodents and non-human primates, and in humans.

Please note that this year, ESI SyNC will be an in-person only conference. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage in discussions, raise questions and exchange ideas. We especially encourage young researchers to attend. There will be a poster session and we look forward to your abstract submissions! Program highlights include demonstrations of human musical timing by a highly accomplished professional drummer and bass player. There will be an on-site dinner on the first evening.


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Registration & Fees

Registration is now open. Conference attendance is free for students and scientific staff. Postdocs and PIs are asked to pay a registration fee of 100€ using the bank details provided after registration. Postdocs and PIs who opt to present a poster are exempt from paying the registration fee. Please note that the conference will be catered for. Please consider our privacy notice regarding events.

Registration link: Registration
Abstract submission link: Abstract


You can contact the organizing committee with any queries regarding the conference by sending an email to: esi-sync (at) or to the individual organizers.

Organizing Committee

Berfin Bastug | Nisa Cuevas | Giuliana Giorjiani | Matthias Grabenhorst | David Poeppel | Wolf Singer | Cordula Ullah | Renata Vajda

Past events

To ease the wait until our next Systems Neuroscience conference, we recommend taking a look at the talks from the last three ESI SyNCs on our ESI YouTube channel:

ESI SyNC 2023 - Linking hypotheses: where neuroscience, computation, and cognition meet
ESI SyNC 2022 - The ever changing brain: through development and evolution
ESI SyNC 2021 - The Natural Brain: understanding neuronal computation in its natural habitat

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