EBRAINS Workshop

Anatomy and function of the prefrontal cortex across species

14 – 16 March 2023 | Paris, France

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By plane

Paris has three major airports used for international flights: Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, Pairs Orly Airport (both are located about 10 km away from Paris) and Paris Beauvais Airport (about 60 km away from Paris and mainly used cheap airlines). All airports are well connected with Paris via public transportation.

By car

Paris is well connected with other European cities via highways. French highways are tolled. Toll costs depend on the highway, the distance travelled and the type of vehicle.

Please note that Paris is a limited traffic zone. In case of high pollution levels, vehicles are banned from driving. In order to display the pollution level of your car, you need a Crit'Air sticker.

French speed limits are as follows:
Motorways: 130 km/h
Dual Carriageways: 110 km/h
Main Roads Outside Built-up Areas: 80 km/h
Main Roads Within Built-up Areas: 50 km/h

By train

Paris has seven major train stations, which connects the city with France as well as many major European cities:

  • Gare du Nord (Connections to London, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland and France)
  • Gare Saint-Lazare (Connections to the Northwest of France)
  • Gare de l'Est (Connections to the East of France, Luxembourg, Germany and Poland)
  • Gare de Lyon (Connections to the South fo France, Southern Germany, Monaco, Switzerland, Italy and Spain)
  • Gare d'Austerlitz (Connections to Central and Southern France)
  • Gare de Montparnasse (Connections to West and Southwest France)
  • Gare de Bercy (Major hub for coaches coming from the rest of Europe)

Tickets can be bought on the websites of SNCF, which is the main train company operating in France. Other train companies are Thalys and Eurostar.

By bus

Paris can also be reached by coaches, which is probably the cheapest option. The major coach services are BlaBlaBus and Flixbus.

The University Hospitals Pitié Salpêtrière - Charles Foix is easily reachable by public transportation:

Via Metro: Line 5 (Stop: Sain Marcel) or Line 10 (Stop: Gare d'Austerlitz)

Via Bus: Line 91 or line 10 (Stop: Saint-Marcel)

Via RER C and SNCF: Station Gare d'Austerlitz

Since 14 March 2022, the “vaccine pass” has been lifted in France in all areas where it was previously required (cultural and leisure venues, commercial catering, professional trade shows, etc.). Similarly, the COVID certificate is no longer required as of 1 August 2022.

Please check this website to read the most recent regulations in France.


Paris has an oceanic climate typical of Western Europe. The climate is mild and moderately wet.

The daily temperature in March are between 8 and 12°C.

The native language of France is French.

The currency of France is Euro. 1€ is made up of 100 cents. Money can be exchanged in exchange bureaux and some banks. In order to exchange money, you usually need to present an ID. ATMs are available 24 hours a day.

France belongs to the Central European Standard Time zone. They have summer and winter time. Summertime starts in March when clocks are set 1 hour forward and lasts until October.


The norm is 220 volts with a frequency of 50 Hz. The used plug types are C and E.

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Understanding the human brain relies for a large part on work in animal models, which necessitates a careful cross-species comparison. The prefrontal cortex (PFC) is particularly relevant in this regard as its function is poorly understood and potential cross-species differences remain highly debated. This workshop brings together experimental and computational scientists whose work allows a comparison of the anatomy and function of the PFC between species (in particular between humans, monkeys and mice).

EBRAINS is uniquely suited to provide a platform to compare anatomy, physiology and behaviour between species, due to its atlases, numerous datasets, as well as the whole brain models from different species. The interactive format of the workshop will allow speakers as well as participants from largely separated fields to interact and discuss, which is expected to create novel insights as well as lead to more coherence and clarity in the relevant terminology, formats and important research directions in the field.



Extended Early Bird Registration Deadline: 5 December 2022

Late Registration Deadline: 31 January 2023

This workshop offers 100 seats. 56% are taken. (updated weekly - last update: 29 November)
Save your spot!

Registration fees in EUR

  Early Bird Registration Late Registration
Students* 75.00 € 100.00 €
Regular Participants 150.00 € 200.00 €

* A proof of your student status (student ID) will be required on site, otherwise a surcharge (regular participant fee) has to be paid.

What is included in the registration fee?

  • Admission to all scientific sessions
  • Admission to all parallel sessions
  • Meeting material
  • Coffee & lunch breaks during the conference
  • Dinners on Monday 5 September and Tuesday 6 September

The fee does not include travel and accommodation.

Fee waivers
Application deadline for the fee waivers has passed. Fee waiver winners will be informed on 2 December.

Payment modalities

Payment of registration fees can be made in EURO in the form of

-        Credit or debit card
-        PayPal

Confirmation of registration
After the registration has been completed you will receive an automatically generated notification via email. If you need an invoice, please contact workshop.edu@humanbrainproject.eu

Cancellations and refunds
Notice of cancellation has to be made in writing via email to the HBP Education Programme Office to: workshop.edu@humanbrainproject.eu.

The policy for refunding registration fees is as follows:

Written cancellation received:
before 5 December 2022: 100% refund
before 1 January 2023: 80% refund
before 31 January 2023: 50% refund
from 1 February 2023: no refund

No refunds will be granted for unattended events or early termination of attendance, in case of cancellation of speakers, lack of space in the conference room, or any other incidents during the conference that are beyond the control of the conference organisers.

Letter of invitation
Individuals requiring an official letter of invitation from the event organisers can request one by contacting the organisers, by email to: workshop.edu@humanbrainproject.eu. To receive a letter of invitation, delegates must register for the event first and submit any necessary data, as stated in the online form. The letter of invitation does not financially obligate the conference organisers in any way. All expenses incurred in relation to the event, the registration, and the attendance are the sole responsibility of the delegate.

Modification of the programme
The event organisers reserve the right to modify the programme. No refunds can be granted in case of cancellation of speakers, lack of space in the conference room, or any other incidents during the conference that are beyond the control of the conference organisers.

Cancellation of the event
In the case that the event cannot be held or is postponed due to events beyond the control of the conference organisers (force majeure) or due to events that are not attributable to wrongful intent or gross negligence of the event organisers, the event organisers cannot be held liable by delegates for any damages, costs, or losses incurred, such as transportation costs, accommodation costs, costs for additional orders, financial losses, etc.


This programme is subject to change. Times displayed are in CET/GMT+1/UTC+1.

8:30 – 9:00

Registration & Coffee

9:00 – 9:05

Welcome & Introduction

9:05 – 10:45

Session Anatomy I
Cross-species comparison of neuronanatomy

(Chair: Ruth Benavides-Piccione)

Javier DeFelipe
Huib Mansvelder
Nenad Sestan
Suzana Herculano-Houzel

10:45 – 11:15

Coffee Break

11:15 – 13:00

Session Anatomy II

Henry Kennedy
Functional maps of the mouse prefrontal cortex | Marie Carlén

Plenary Discussion

13:00 – 14:00

Lunch Break

14:00 – 15:45

Session Physiology I
Cross-species comparison of physiology (and behaviour)

(Chair: Timo van Kerkoerle)
Wim Vanduffel
Deliberation, Learning, and the Rodent Medial Frontal Cortex | Mark Laubach
Stefan Everling
Hendrikje Nienborg 

15:45 – 16:15

Coffee Break

16:15 – 18:00

Session Physiology II

A cross-species view of cingulate cortex and flexible behaviour

Martha Havenith & Marieke Scholvinck
Yang Dan 

Plenary discussion


Cocktail Dinatoire


9:00 – 9:05

Welcome & Introduction
(Alain Destexhe)

9:05 – 10:45

Session Behaviour I
Cross-species comparison of behaviour (& physiology)

(Chair: Charles Wilson)

Interactions between cortical neurons that give rise to conscious perception | Pieter Roelfsema
Andreas Nieder
Neural representations of learned rules for categorization in mouse prefrontal cortex | Sandra Reinert
Cortico-subcortical contributions to flexible decision-making | Ann Duan

      10:45 – 11:15    

Coffee Break

11:15 – 13:00

Session Behaviour II
Stanislas Dehaene
Jessica Cantlon

Plenary Session Discussion

13:00 – 14:00

Lunch Break

14:00 – 15:45

      Session Computational Modelling I
Cross-species comparison with computational models

(Chair: Alain Destexhe)

Idan Segev
Rodrigo Cofre
Recalling what was there: Looking back at the location of previously shown offers modulates the encoding of offer value in orbitofrontal cortex | Rubén Moreno Bote
Dorsolateral prefrontal cortex and beyond: distributed working memory across neocortical networks | Jorge Mejias

15:45 – 16:15

Coffee Break

16:15 – 18:00

      Session Computational Modelling II

Adrienne Fairhall
Xiao-Jing Wang

Plenary Discussion



   9:00 – 9:05  

Welcome & Introduction

      9:05 – 10:45     

     Hands-on session Anatomy      

10:45 – 11:15

Coffee Break

11:15 – 13:00

Hands-on session Physiology

13:00 – 14:00

Lunch Break

14:00 – 15:45

Hands-on session Modelling

15:45 – 16:00

Closing & Remarks



Day 1


Javier DeFelipe | Cajal Institute, Madrid, Spain
Huib Mansvelder | Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Nenad Sestan | Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, USA
Suzana Herculano-Houzel | Vanderbilt University, Nashville, USA
Henry Kennedy | Stem Cell and Brain Research Institute, Lyon, France
Marie Carlén | Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden


Wim Vanduffel | KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium
Mark Laubach | American University, Washington, USA
Stefan Everling | Western University, London, Canada
Hendrikje Nienborg | National Eye Institute, Bethesda, USA
Martha Havenith & Marieke Scholvinck  | Ernst Strüngmann Institute for Neuroscience, Frankfurt, Germany
Yang Dan | University of California, Berkeley, USA

Day 2

Behavior & physiology:

Pieter Roelfsema | Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Andreas Nieder | University of Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany
Sandra Reinert | Max Planck Institute for Biological Intelligence, Martinsried, Germany 
Ann Duan | Sainsbury Wellcome Centre, London, UK
Stanislas Dehaene | NeuroSpin, Gif-sur-Yvette, France
Jessica Cantlon | Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA

Computational modelling:

Idan Segev | Edmond & Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences, Jerusalem, Israel
Rodrigo Cofre | NeuroPSI, Gif-sur-Yvette, France
Rubén Moreno Bote | University Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain
Jorge Mejias | Universiteit van Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Adrienne Fairhall | University of Washington, Seattle, USA
Xiao-Jing Wang | New York University, New York, USA

Scientific Chairs & Local hosts



Supported by 



In Collaboration with







Timo van Kerkoerle | NeuroSpin, CEA Saclay, France
Ruth Benavides-Piccione | Cajal Institute, CSIC & Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
Alain Destexhe | NeuroPsi, CNRS, EITN, France







ICM Institute for Brain and Spinal Cord
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