CNS*2018 Seattle: Event Venues

The Allen Institute and University of Washington are thrilled to be hosting CNS 2018 in Seattle.

The Allen Institute

Founded in 2003 by Paul G. Allen, the Allen Institute has expanded from its initial pursuit of understanding the brain to encompass an investigation of the inner workings of cells and the funding of transformative scientific ideas around the world. The Allen Institute for Brain Science is a division of the Allen Institute and is dedicated to accelerating the understanding of how the human brain works in health and disease. Using a big science approach, the Allen Institute generates useful public resources used by researchers and organizations around the globe, drives technological and analytical advances, and discovers fundamental brain properties through integration of experiments, modeling and theory. The Allen Institute for Brain Science’s data and tools are publicly available online at


The University of Washington

The University of Washington is a national leader in computational neuroscience, with award-winning research underway across the full spectrum of scales, mechanisms, and functions of the brain. Topics range from ion channel stochasticity in auditory processing to insect flight control to human/computer interfaces. Faculty members’ interests span many areas of theory, computation and data analysis and interact extensively with colleagues in quantitative experimentation and imaging. The new UW Computational Neuroscience Center capitalizes on this strength, along with the UW Institute for Neuroengineering (UWIN) and the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering (CSNE).


Tutorials and Workshops will be held at the Allen Institute, a 270,000-square-foot life sciences building, is at the northwest corner of Mercer St. and Westlake Avenue North in the South Lake Union neighborhood of Seattle. The building is purpose-built for life science research and facilitates our trademark team science approach amid abundant natural light and with stunning views of Seattle.

The building design incorporates the historic elements of the Ford and Pacific McKay buildings, including the terra cotta facades that were located on the site previously and have been disassembled, restored and reinstalled. At six stories, the building also includes about 9,000 square feet of ground floor retail space and two levels of subterranean parking.