We are excited to announce a student-organised symposium titled Grounding higher cognition in systems neuroscience: how can we study generalisation and abstraction in rodents? Hallmarks of intelligence and capacities such as generalisation and abstraction have traditionally been studied only in primates. Working with these species gives easy access to such behaviours, but imposes limitations on how we can access the underlying neural activity. However, researchers have recently begun to adapt experimental tasks to study such cognitive functions in rodents, potentially allowing us to apply state-of-the-art systems neuroscience methods to simultaneously record and manipulate the underlying neural activity.

This symposium is a timely opportunity to bring together researchers from related fields to discuss current and future methods of studying the neural underpinnings of these higher cognitive functions.

We are thrilled to host the following speakers and panelists:


Tim Behrens University of Oxford
Alla Karpova, HHMI Janelia
Irina Higgins, DeepMind
Stefano Fusi, Columbia


Athena Akrami, Sainsbury Wellcome Centre
Christopher Summerfield, University of Oxford


If you would like to attend please register here.

SWC/Gatsby Systems Seminars Team

The Systems Seminars series is organised jointly by PhD students of the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour and the Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit of UCL. We host an annual discussion-based event that aims to bring together neuroscience researchers from the UK and abroad to engage with current and future problems in neuroscience.