Past Events

Science Digest - Nobuaki Mizumoto on Evolutionary perspectives of collective behavior in termites

Monday, August 31, 2020 - 12:00
C210 and Zoom
*Postponed due to typhoon*
Monday, August 31 2020, at 12:00 in C210 and on Zoom, Nobuaki Mizumoto (Evolutionary Genomics Unit led by Tom Bourguignon) will give a Talk on "Evolutionary perspectives of collective behavior in termites"

Diversity open forum

Friday, August 28, 2020 - 17:30

You are invited to C700 on Friday 28th of August at 5.30PM for this open forum. It will be a safe space to discuss any shortcomings that you have noticed at OIST and wish could be fixed, any topic under diversity is welcome.

"Transforming visual information between areas V1 and MT" - Dr Nic Price, Monash University

Thursday, August 27, 2020 - 16:00

An OIST neuroscience online seminars (ONOS) talk.


The visual system is a complex, hierarchically-organised information processing network. Counter-intuitively, successive areas contain less information about a scene, but neural activity is structured to better represent specific information. For example, neurons in primate area MT convey little colour information, but motion direction can be linearly decoded from their activity. The ongoing activity of individual neurons is highly variable, meaning reliable computation depends on collaborative processing across neural populations. However, it remains unclear how visual information is reliably represented across neurons within an area, and how these representations are transformed between areas to extract specific stimulus properties. To address this, we record visually-evoked activity simultaneously from dozens of neurons in V1 and MT in marmosets.

We use decoding techniques to predict stimulus orientation or direction from activity across a neural population. This has allowed us to show that neural representations are affected by stimulus history: recent motion biases predictions in a manner consistent with perceptual illusions; and luminance and contrast changes affect orientation coding, again in a manner consistent with human sensitivity.

We study inter-area communication by comparing the timing of action potentials in V1 with local field potentials (LFP, a population measure of local dendritic activity) in MT. We have shown that action potentials preferentially occur at specific phases of the LFP, and that motion information is best communicated from V1 to MT at specific phases.

Collectively, this suggests that hierarchical information processing depends on action potentials in privileged subsets of neurons occurring in privileged time windows.

Zoom details

Zoom Meeting link:

Meeting ID: 957 0014 9323
Passcode: 855303

QuickFix: "Using LinkedIn to achieve your goals”.

Thursday, August 27, 2020 - 13:00 to 16:00
For RSVP only.

“QuickFix”- learn how to use LinkedIn in an interactive and a time-efficient manner! 

To register CLICK HERE

Post-event survey SUMMARY

PacBio Sequel2 Analysis Webinar

Thursday, August 27, 2020 - 13:00 to 16:00
Microsoft Teams

PacBio provides Sequel2 Analysis Webinar at 27 Aug.

Journal club seminar: More quantum noise from wormholes

Wednesday, August 26, 2020 - 14:00 to 16:00
E 01 (Lab 4)

Title: More quantum noise from wormholes

Abstract: We are going to discuss the nice paper by Douglas Stanford  "More quantum noise from wormholes". Sudip Ghosh will lead the discussion. 

Sharepoint Open Hours

Wednesday, August 26, 2020 - 14:00

Sharepoint Open Hours

Location: B646

Time: 14:00-15:00

Date: 8/26/2020

Seminar : Search for spin liquids in three-dimensional materials

Tuesday, August 25, 2020 - 16:00 to 17:00

TQM unit is pleased to invite you to our seminar!

[Zoom] IAS Users Meeting & Seminar: Mass Spectrometry

Tuesday, August 25, 2020 - 15:00 to 17:00
Zoom / D014, Lab 1

For OIST members:

Users meeting and Seminar are registration free. We look forward to your participation via Zoom. 

For Non-OIST members:

Please contact for Seminar sign up. (Users meeting is an internal event.)