Past Annual Meetings

CNS Meeting Photo site: a place to see many photos from CNS Meetings through time (more to come!) and to add your own photos.

CNS 2015 in Prague

Program book    Tutorials

Workshops        Abstract publication

CNS 2014 in Québec City


Program book                                 Tutorials Program

Workshop program                         Abstract publication


CNS 2013 in Paris

Program Book                             Tutorials Program

Workshop Program                     Abstract publications

Student poster award winners    Travel Awards


CNS 2012 in Atlanta/Decatur, Georgia

Program Book                             Tutorials Program       

Workshops Program                    Abstract Publications

Student poster award winners      Travel Awards


CNS 2011 in Stockholm, Sweden

Program Book                             Workshops Program

Abstract Publications                   Travel Awards

Student poster award winners     Photos

CNS 2010 in San Antonio, Texas

Program Book                   Abstract Publications

Workshops                       Photos

CNS 2009 in Berlin, Germany

Program Book

Abstract Publications



Neuroinformatics Symposium

Travel Awards

CNS 2008 in Portland, Oregon

Program Book

Abstract Publications


Student Poster Awards




CNS 2007 in Toronto, Canada

Program Book

Abstract Publications









CNS 2006 in Edinburg, UK

Program Book

CNS 2005 in Madison, Wisconsin

Program Book

CNS 2004 in Baltimore, Maryland

Program Book


CNS 2003 in Alicante, Spain

CNS 2002 in Chicago, Illinois

CNS 2001 in San Francisco, California

CNS 2000 in Bruges, Belgium

CNS 1999 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

CNS 1998 in Santa Barbara, California

CNS 1997 in Big Sky, Montana

CNS 1996 in Cambridge, Massachusetts

CNS 1995 in Monterey, California

CNS 1994 in Monterey, California

CNS 1993 in Washington, DC

CNS 1992 in San Francisco, California


The annual Computational Neuroscience Meeting (CNS) began in 1990 as a small workshop at the Clark Kerr Campus in Berkeley, California. The workshop was called Analysis and Modeling of Neural Systems, and was a small, local event that included 21 invited talks and 36 posters. The goal of the workshop was to explore the boundary between neuroscience and computation, which by the late 1980s was just starting to become an identifiable field in its own right. Riding on the success of the seminal papers by Hopfield (1982) and Hopfield and Tank (1986), physicists had made "Neural Networks" fashionable, and soon the quantitative methods used in these abstract model networks started permeating the methods and ideas of experimental neuroscientists. As biologists and computational scientists started talking to each other and collaborating, new generations of students became fluent in both experimental and quantitative techniques. The CNS meeting lives at this interface, where experimental neuroscience meets theoretical, statistical and computer-simulation analyses, with the hope of turning large collections of experimental results into a principled understanding of nervous systems.

The first "CNS Meeting" was organized by Jim Bower and John Miller in San Francisco in 1992. In the early 1990s, the CNS meeting received about 100 submissions per year. By 1997 the number was over 200, and in 2009 it included more than 650 submissions.

Still, the aim is to maintain the collegial spirit of the early meetings, which revolves around lively discussions after the talks, during late-night poster presentations, while enjoying the traditional banquet, or even during excursions to local touristic sites (yes, even then). In addition to this fun and casual environment, CNS has two prominent features. First, since its early editions, CNS has been a forum for young scientists -- graduate students, postdocs and junior faculty -- who present their work and have the opportunity to talk with more senior leaders in the field. In fact, the proportion of faculty, postdoc and student attendees has remained quite steady over the years, at about one third each.

Second, it has become a truly international meeting. Reflecting this, in the year 2000 CNS was held in Europe for the first time (in Brugge, Belgium), and since then European sites were chosen in 2003 (Alicante, Spain), 2006 (Edinburgh, Scotland), 2009 (Berlin, Germany) and 2011 (Stockholm, Sweden).

Those of us involved in the OCNS, board members, local organizers, members of the program committee, and many of our sponsors, have been to many CNS meetings throughout the years and want to keep the tradition going -- not for tradition's sake but because we have all been energized, challenged and motivated by these meetings, and believe that new generations will similarly benefit, as both experimental and computational techniques evolve into more sophisticated and powerful tools. Our goal is to organize a high-quality meeting that is both informative and fun.