29-30 June 2020
Europe/Oslo timezone

NMBU Campus


The NEST Initiative is excited to invite everyone interested in Neural Simulation Technology and the NEST Simulator to the NEST Conference 2020. The NEST Conference provides an opportunity for the NEST Community to meet, exchange success stories, swap advice, learn about current developments in and around NEST spiking network simulation and its application.

The virtual NEST Conference 2020

Due to the current restrictions on events and travel, the NEST Conference 2020 will be held as a virtual conference on

 Monday/Tuesday 29/30 June

followed by a virtual NEST Hackathon until Friday 3 July.

Registration and costs

We have now opened for registration. Please find our registration form above. 
Registration deadline is 22 June 2020.

Registration fee is:

  • for members of the NEST Initiative: Free
  • for non-members: CHF 35,00

To qualify for free registration as a NEST Initiative Member, you must submit your NEST Initiative membership application and pay your membership dues by 10 June 2020. Please see the NEST Initiative homepage for information on how to join the NEST Initiative.

Conference Program

Download the conference booklet as PDF.

29 June, 2020

  • 09:05 — Welcome & Introduction (Susanne Kunkel)
  • 09:25 — NEST user-level documentation: Why, how and what’s next? (Sara Konradi)
  • 09:45 — New Fenix resources at the Jülich Supercomputing Centre (Alexander Patronis)
  • 09:55 — Minibreak
  • 10:00 — Toward a possible integration of NeuronGPU in NEST (Bruno Golosio)
  • 10:45 — Coffee breakout
  • 11:15 — Workshop: NEST multiscale co-simulation (Wouter Klijn)
  • 12:15 — Lunch break
  • 13:15 — Thalamo-cortical spiking model of incremental learning combining perception, context and NREM-sleep-mediated noise-resilience (Chiara De Luca)
  • 14:00 — Minibreak
  • 14:05 — An Integrated Model of Visual Perception and Reinforcement (Petia Koprinkova-Hristova)
  • 14:25 — Partial Information Decomposition Contextual Neurons in NEST (Sepehr Mahmoudian)
  • 14:45 — Coffee breakout
  • 15:15 — deNEST: a declarative frontend for specifying networks and running simulations in NEST (Tom Bugnon)
  • 15:35 — Primate perisylvian cortex in NEST: from reflex to small world (Harry Howard)
  • 15:55 — Minibreak
  • 16:00 — Modeling robust and efficient coding in the mouse primary visual cortex using computational perturbations (Stefan Mihalas)
  • 16:45 — Wrap-up (Hans Ekkehard Plesser)
  • 17:00 — Mingle

30 June, 2020

  • 09:00 — A spiking neural network builder for systematic data-to-model workflow (Carlos E Gutierrez)
  • 09:20 — Insite: A Generalized Pipeline for In-transit Visualization and Analysis (Simon Oehrl)
  • 09:40 — Minibreak
  • 09:45 — NEST Component for Modeling Spiking Neuron-Astrocyte Networks (Jugoslava Aćimović)
  • 10:30 — Coffee breakout
  • 11:00 — Atlas-mapped reconstruction and simulation of the cerebellar Lingula in NEST (Alice Geminiani)
  • 11:20 — Cerebro-cerebellar loops for sensorimotor adaptation (Alberto Antonietti)
  • 11:40 — Minibreak
  • 11:45 — Modeling plasticity inducing stimulation protocols in recurrent neuronal networks with homeostatic structural plasticity (Swathi Anil)
  • 12:30 — Lunch break
  • 13:30 — Dendrites in NEST (Willem Wybo)
  • 13:50 — Just-in-time compilation for NESTML models in NEST Simulator (Charl Linssen)
  • 14:10 — NEST Desktop: A web-based GUI for the NEST Simulator (Sebastian Spreizer)
  • 14:30 — Minibreak
  • 14:40 — Evolving interpretable plasticity rules using NEST (Jakob Jordan)
  • 15:25 — Coffee breakout
  • 15:45 — Workshop: deNEST: a declarative frontend for specifying networks and running simulations in NEST (Tom Bugnon & William Mayner)
  • 16:45 — Closing Remarks (Abigail Morrison)

Important dates

  • 01 June 2020 — Deadline for submission of contributions
  • 08 June 2020 — Notification of acceptance
  • 10 June 2020 — Deadline for NEST Initiative membership application (see below)
  • 22 June 2020 — Registration deadline

We extend the abstract submission deadline to Thursday 4 June 2020 10:00 CEST.


We would like you to share your experiences made and results obtained with NEST during the conference. You can do so either by an oral presentation (10–15 minutes), on a "poster", or by organizing a breakout session on a specific topic. We are still exploring precisely how to organize a virtual poster session, but there will be a form for sharing and discussion contributions in a massively parallel fashion.

Please use our Abstract Template to prepare your one-page abstract; take a look at our example abstract before you start. Once finish, send your abstract as PDF via email to conference@nest-initiative.org. Please use the subject line “Abstract Submission (poster)” for a poster contribution, “Abstract Submission (talk)” if you would prefer to present your work as a talk, and “Abstract Submission (breakout)” if you would like to propose a breakout session.


If you have any questions concerning the NEST Conference 2020, please contact us at conference@nest-initiative.org!

Streaming and recording during the event

Conference sessions will be streamed and may be recorded. Recordings may be used for public relation and/or documentary purposes, in online and print media of the NEST Initiative, NMBU, the Human Brain Project, EBRAINS, DEEP-EST or related publications. By participating in the NEST Conference 2020, you declare that image and voice recordings of yourself and your presentations may be used in respective publications.


NEST Initiative     NMBU    FZ Jülich

EBRAINS     HBP    DEEP Projects

Starts 29 Jun 2020 09:00
Ends 30 Jun 2020 17:00