AREADNE 2024 Logo   AREADNE 2024
Research in Encoding And Decoding of
Neural Ensembles


Eliopoulos Conference Center
Milos, Greece
25–29 June 2024
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Site Overview

Introduction (scroll down)
Important Dates
Call for Abstracts
Poster Information
Registration
Travel Information
Hotel Information
Practical Information
Restaurant Information
Additional Activities
Frequently Asked Questions
Scholarships and Resources for Travel Grants
Archives of Previous Meetings
Google Group for Official Announcements
Contact the Conference Organizers


Introduction

One of the fundamental problems in neuroscience is to understand how the activation of ensembles of neurons gives rise to the higher order functions of the brain including learning, memory, cognition, perception, action and ultimately conscious awareness. Electrophysiological recordings in behaving animals over the past fifty years have revealed considerable information about what the firing patterns of single neurons encode in isolation, but it remains largely a mystery how collections of neurons interact to perform these functions.

Fishing Skiff Recent technological advances have provided new glimpses into the global functioning of the brain. These technologies include multi-microelectrode array electrophysiology, optical imaging and stimulation, functional magnetic resonance imaging, high-density electroencephalography and magnetoencephalography, and genetic manipulation. These technologies have expanded our knowledge of brain functioning beyond the single neuron level into the realm of ensembles.

At the same time, our understanding of how neuronal ensembles carry information has allowed the development of brain-machine interfaces (BMI) to enhance the capabilities of patients with sensory or motor deficits. Knowledge of how neuronal ensembles encode sensory stimuli has made it possible to develop perceptual BMIs for the hearing and visually impaired. Likewise, research in how neuronal ensembles decode motor intentions has resulted in motor BMIs by which people with severe motor disabilities can control external devices.


Conference Mission Statement

There are three major goals of the AREADNE Conferences. First and foremost, the meetings are intended to gather global scientific leaders who work on neural ensembles and create a touch-point for a widely disparate and hybrid field. Second, with an idyllic setting on Milos, the conferences have been carefully planned to foster discussion and interaction between attendees to encourage the establishment of lasting professional relationships. Third, these meetings continue our efforts to promote systems neuroscience in Greece through creating a world-class forum for cutting-edge research.


Conference Location and Format

Eliopoulos Conference Center The 2024 conference will take place on the Greek island of Milos from Tuesady through Saturday, 25-29 June 2024, starting with an informal Welcome Reception the evening of Tuesday, 25 June 2024 -- this schedule is a day earlier in the week than previous meetings, and our location has changed. The conference will be at the George Eliopoulos Conference Center in the town of Adámas; (see photo to the right). The conference will be single-track. Morning talks will be followed by a working lunch. After an afternoon break, participants will reconvene for early evening talks and poster presentations, ending in time for late dinner in accordance with local customs. Although delegates arrive from around the world, AREADNE speakers are selected primarily from the United States, Europe, and the Middle East.


Submission of Poster Abstracts

We anticipate being oversubscribed for 2024 as in previous years, and so strongly encourage anyone who is considering attending the conference to submit a poster abstract. Accepted posters will have one registration reserved for the presenter. Other registration spots will be on a first come first served basis. We are typically able to accommodate only an exceedingly small number of delegates who are not a designated poster presenter.

Abstract submission has closed. All notifications have been sent by email to the corresponding author.


Registration and Fees

Boathouse and Stairs Conference fees are USD 500 for students, USD 700 for post-docs, USD 900 for faculty members or professionals, and USD 1500 for on-site registrants, space permitting. On-site fees are considered full price; the other levels are discounted thanks to the generosity of our sponsors. Registration fees are payable in USD by credit card.

Registration fees cover coffee breaks, hot lunches, the Welcome Reception, the Gala Banquet, and an optional excursion. Attendance will be strictly limited. Registration is separate from proposal submission. Once registration has filled, a waiting list is established; at previous meetings, only a few people on the waiting list were eventually offered a registration spot. If the conference is full, on-site registrations will not be accepted.

Refund Policy. If you have registered but will be unable to attend, a full refund of paid fees will be given until 28 May 2024, a 50% refund will be given from then until 11 June 2024, and no refund will be given after 11 June 2024.

Registration is open for presenters, and a waitlist has been started for non-presenters. Click here to start the registration process.


Important Dates

AREADNE 2024 will be Tuesday to Saturday, 25-29 June 2024, starting Tuesday evening with a Welcome Reception. This schedule is a day earlier in the week than previous meetings.

2024-01-08  Abstract submissions open
2024-01-26  Abstract submissions close
2024-03-10  Abstract notifications sent (currently delayed)
2024-03-22  Registration opens (subject to change)
2024-06-04  Registration closes
2024-06-24  Suggested arrival date for intercontinental travelers
2024-06-25  Conference Welcome Reception (late PM)
2024-06-26  Conference opens (early AM)
2024-06-29  Conference closes (late PM)
2024-06-29  Conference Gala Banquet (late PM)
2024-06-30  Suggested departure date

Attendees should plan to arrive in Milos by 25 June 2024 (or the day before, especially for intercontinental travelers), and depart on or after 30 June 2024.


Accommodations

Many hotels are available in and around Adámas. The conference center is located 15 minutes by foot from the center of of town. We encourage conference attendees to follow the lead of the organizing committee, and stay in hotels that are walking distance from the Eliopoulos Conference Center. Plan to arrive by Tuesday, 25 June 2024 if coming from Europe or Monday, 24 June 2024 if traveling intercontinentally, and depart Sunday, 30 June 2024.

We suggest booking your hotel room as early as possible.


Meals

Succulent Plants Daily coffee breaks, lunches, and a Welcome Reception will be provided at the conference center. Working lunches will be provided on three of the four days. A Gala Banquet will be held at a local restaurant on the final day of the conference. These meals are included in the conference package for participants; guests are welcomed to the Welcome Reception, and additional tickets are available for purchase during on-line registration to bring guests to the Gala Banquet.

Breakfasts are typically included in hotel rates, or available with bookings for a nominal charge, and are thus not provided at the conference center. There is a wide selection of nearby restaurants for evening meals, and we anticipate making loosely organized excursions to different restaurants each evening, except the last, when we have the banquet.

Restaurant recommendations are available.


Activities on the island

We are planning an optional boat excursion around the island. This event may not be able to accommodate everyone.

Additional suggested activities are available.


Transportation

Wildflowers Air transportation to Athens International Airport (ATH) is available through the major international airlines, many discount companies, and numerous charter companies. Air transport from Athens to Milos (MLO) is available multiple times per day and takes less than an hour. It is usually possible to arrange flight schedules so that overnight stays in Athens are not required when connecting to and from Milos.

Sea passage from Athens to Milos can be a relaxing experience. Ferries for the island leave from the port of Piraeus, about one hour by taxi from the Athens airport, and from the town of Rafina, about 25 minutes by taxi from the airport in the other direction. Rail and express bus transportation are also available from the airport to the ferries in Piraeus.

Getting around on Milos can be done by bus and taxi. Cars and mopeds are readily available for hire. The conference center is located at the edge of the port town of Adámantas (often called just Adámas), and is walking distance to many hotels and restaurants, so having a motorized vehicle is not required.

More transportation information is available here.


Visa Requirements

European citizens have free Schengen access to Greece.

UK citizens have visa-free travel to the Schengen zone (supported by a UK passport) for 90 days out of 180.

United States citizens traveling on regular passports (excluding diplomatic and governmental passports) are currently able to enter the Schengen zone without prior authorization, although that is expected to change in 2025 with the introduction of ETIAS (European Travel Information and Authorization System).

Citizens of other countries will need to contact their home governments to determine visa requirements. We are happy to assist with visa letters.


Schedule

Church Courtyard with Banners The schedule for the four-day conference follows the Greek lifestyle of having a long lunch, afternoons free for siestas or swimming, and a late dinner. To encourage participants to stay for the entire event, the detailed speaker and poster schedule will not be available until the start of the conference, even to the speakers and poster presenters. Unlike previous meetings, our schedule for AREADNE 2024 spans Tuesday to Saturday.

All attendees should plan a stay that includes arrival on Milos no later than Monday, 24 June 2024 for intercontinental travelers or Tuesday, 25 June 2024 for those arriving from Europe, and departure no earlier than the following Sunday, 30 June 2024.

Tuesday, 25 June 2024
19:30-22:00   Welcome Reception (wine and cheese) and Registration

Wednesday, 26 June 2024
08:00-08:30   Registration
08:30-12:30   Lectures and coffee break
12:30-14:00   Lunch
17:00-21:30   Lectures, coffee break, and poster session

Thursday, 27 June 2024
09:00-12:30   Lectures and coffee break
12:30-14:00   Lunch
17:00-21:30   Lectures, coffee break, and poster session

Friday, 28 June 2024
09:00-13:00   Optional boat excursion
17:00-21:30   Lectures, coffee break, and poster session

Saturday, 29 June 2024
09:00-12:30   Lectures and coffee break
12:30-14:00   Lunch
17:00-19:30   Lectures and coffee break
21:00-24:00   Gala Banquet (full dinner)

By long-standing policy we do not release the detailed speaker or poster schedule before the start of the conference. (Why not?)


Confirmed Speakers

Our confirmed speakers include many global luminaries in the field of Computational and Systems Neuroscience.

Beth Buffalo   University of Washington
Edward Chang   University of California, San Francisco
Bob Desimone   MIT
Tatiana Engel   Princeton University
Michale Fee   MIT
James Fitzgerald   Northwestern University
Scott Imbrie   University of Chicago
Gilles Laurent   MPI Brain Research
Lee Miller   Northwestern University
Ilya Monosov   Washington University in St. Louis
Tirin Moore   Stanford
Anne-Marie Oswald   University of Chicago
Cengiz Pehlevan   Harvard University
Carlos Ponce   Harvard Medical School
Sophia Sanborn   Science Corporation
Terry Sanger   University of California, Irvine
Haim Sompolinsky   Harvard University
Jiannis Taxidis   University of Toronto
Marty Usrey   University of California, David
Melissa Warden   Cornell University
Ziv Williams   Massachusetts General Hospital
Anthony Zador   Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory


Moderators

In addition to our expert speakers, we have special session moderators with extensive AREADNE experience to keep the discussions lively and interesting.

Leslie Osborne   NIH/NINDS/SCH
Barry Richmond   NIH/NIMH


Organizing Committee

Dora Angelaki   Baylor College of Medicine
Kenny Blum   Harvard University
Nicholas Hatsopoulos, co-chair   University of Chicago
John Pezaris, co-chair   Harvard Medical School
Panayiota Poirazi   Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas
Thanos Siapas   Caltech
Andreas Tolias   Baylor College of Medicine


The Myth of Ariadne

Bougainvilleas We take the conference name AREADNE from the subtitle, Research in Encoding And Decoding of Neural Ensembles, combined with the name of the mythological figure Ariadne.

Theseus, an Athenian hero, journeyed to Crete to slay the Minotaur, a half-bull, half-human creature. King Minos of Crete kept the Minotaur at the center of a large maze he built, known as the Labyrinth.

Minos' daughter Ariadne, after whom we've named the conference, gave Theseus a sword and a ball of silk thread, both of which had been given to her by Daedalus, designer of the labyrinth. Theseus tied one end of the thread at the entrance, unwinding the rest as he navigated the Labyrinth, so that after slaying the Minotaur, he could easily escape by following the thread back out.


Practical Information

We have assembled a body of practical information to guide planning for attending an AREADNE Conference.


Και τα λοιπά (Et Cetera)

AREADNE 2024 will be Tuesday to Saturday, 25-29 June 2024, starting Tuesday evening with a Welcome Reception. This schedule is a day earlier in the week than previous meetings.

The language of presentation for AREADNE Conferences is English.

To be sent important email announcements about AREADNE 2024, please add yourself to the Google Group for Official AREADNE Announcements.

Internet access will be provided at the Eliopoulos Conference Center only to a limited extent. This is a conscious decision to encourage attendees to participate in the conference rather than to be distracted by email and the Web. Internet cafes are readily available in Adámas for emergencies and extended access. The response from attendees on this policy was overwhelmingly positive at all of our previous conferences.

Abstracts of all presentations will be published in the conference book that is provided to attendees during registration, and available as a downloadable PDF after the meeting. Copies from previous meetings are available on our archives page.

We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions.

For additional information on other conference-related topics, please contact the Organizing Committee Co-Chairs, John Pezaris and Nicholas Hatsopoulos, at info@areadne.org.

Photographs on this site were taken on Milos 2022-2023 by John Pezaris (except the satellite view published by NASA), to display the beauty of the island. Click on any of them to view a larger version (and use the BACK button on your browser to return to the previous page). Images are copyrighted by the artist and are used by The AREADNE Foundation with permission.




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