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Program Committee

  • Harold Zakon (Chair)

    I am in the Departments of Neuroscience and Integrative Biology at the University of Texas at Austin. I am fascinated by the function, regulation, and evolution of ion channels that underlie adaptive behaviors in a variety of animals. We mainly study ion channels that generate communication signals of weakly electric fish. We also study how ion channels of venomous or toxic predators have evolved resistance to their own toxins. Finally, we have begun to study how ion channels of polar organisms have evolved to function at or below freezing temperatures.

  • Karin Nordstrom (Chair)

    Karin Nordström studies the visual system of hoverflies using electrophysiology, behaviour and field work to understand the constraints and optimizations that allow small neural systems to extract vital information with high spatial and temporal resolution. She is passionate about spreading information about the importance of basic, curiosity driven science, and about the amazing science that the members of the ICN do.


  • Martin Giurfa

    Université Paul Sabatier, France

    Martin Giurfa is the director and founder of the Research Center on Animal Cognition, which depends on the University of Toulouse and the French research council CNRS. His research focuses on insect learning and memory at different organization levels, from behavior to molecules. He uses 'bottom-up' and 'top-down' approaches and research tools from neuroethology, experimental psychology, and molecular biology in order to understand the complexity, rules and mechanisms underlying associative learning in honey bees.

  • Benny Hochner

    Hebrew University, Israel

    I am studying motor control of the long and flexible arms of Octopus vulgaris as an inspiration for soft robotics, and the neural bases of learning and memory in octopus and cuttlefish - a fascinating example of the independent evolution of highly complex cognitive behavior in molluscs.

  • Paul Katz

    Georgia State, USA

    Paul Katz is interested in the evolution of neural circuits underlying behavior. He is studing central pattern generator circuits the underlie swimming behaviors in nudibranch molluscs. His lab uses electrophysiology, confocal imaging, single neuron RNAseq, and bioinformatic analysis to compare homologous neurons and the neural circuits that they form.

  • Cindy Moss

    John Hopkins, USA

    My research subjects are echolocating bats, animals that exhibit a rich display of sensory-guided behaviors. Studies in my lab combine behavior, neurophysiology and acoustics to investigate the mechanisms of auditory, visual and somatosensory information processing, natural scene perception, spatial memory and navigation, acoustic communication, sensorimotor integration and flight control.

  • Constance Scharff

    Berlin, Germany

    Why are there so many parallels between human speech acquisition and vocal production learning in songbirds? Are the underlying mechanisms really similar? Why does FoxP2 and its molecular interactions partners play an important role in both behaviors? These are some of the questions my group is trying to answer, studying songbirds (mostly) but also mice, drosophila and honeybees. In the process I have come to doubt many of the human uniqueness claims about language and music. Clearly, only we speak human language and make human music, but many components of the language and music toolkit do not seem to be so unique after all.

  • Daniel Tomsic

    University of Buenos Aires, Argentina

    Daniel is the Professor of the University of Buenos Aires and Principal Investigator of the National Research Council of Argentina. His investigations focus on visually guided behaviors, learning and memory, using crabs as experimental model. In his lab we use multidisciplinary approaches that include behavioral experiments in the field and in the laboratory, neuroanatomy, in vivo electrophysiology, calcium imaging and modeling.

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Key Dates

Notification to Authors 9 April 2018
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ICN2018 Conference 15 - 20 July 2018
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