OIST neuroscience online seminars (ONOS)

This is a series of online seminars hosted by the OIST Neuroscience Club, trying to foster the discussion and interaction between computational and experimental neuroscience.

This initiative was motivated in part by the COVID-19 epidemic and the need for social distancing. We hope to make this online series an ongoing, standard way of continuous scientific interaction with various labs across the world.

We happily receive guest talk suggestions from OIST members and give priority talks that combine both experimental and computational perspectives. A number of OIST professors are helping us in the selection and invitation process, also.

Please send us your suggestions or feedback. 

2023 organizers: Yuma (Yuma.Kajihara1@oist.jp), Naohiro ( Naohiro.Yamauchi@oist.jp) and Miyu (Miyu.Nambu@oist.jp)

2022 organizers: Yuma (Yuma.Kajihara1@oist.jp), and Miyu (Miyu.Nambu@oist.jp)                                               2021 organizers: C.Galetzka (cedric.galetzka@oist.jp) and K.Tsaridis(Konstantinos.Tsaridis@oist.jp)
2020 organziers: T.Burns and M. ElTabbal

2023 schedule

Date Seminar title Presenter(s) Location

Wednesday, February 22nd, 5:00 pm

Complex memory, sleep, and plasticity 

Prof. Lisa Genzel  

Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition, and Behaviour, Radboud University 


Thursday, March 30th, 16:00 pm Induction of hibernation-like state in mice

Prof. Takeshi Sakurai

Faculty of Medicine/WPI-IIIS, University of Tsukuba


Thursday, April 20th, 10:00 am

How movements during sleep teach infant brains how their bodies move

Prof. Jimmy Dooley

Department of biological sciences,          Purdue University, USA





2022 schedule

Date Seminar title Presenter(s) Location

Thursday, February 3rd, 4:30 pm

Quantum Birds: The Magnetic Compass Sense of night-migratory Songbirds

Prof. Henrik Mouritsen

Institute of Biology and Environmental Sciences, University Oldenburg, Germany



Thursday, April 7th, 9:00 am

Brain region evolution by duplication and divergence -- lessons from the cerebellar nuclei

Prof. Justus Kebschull

Department of Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine


Thursday, April 21st, 12:00 pm A midbrain-thalamus-cortex circuit reorganizes cortical dynamics to initiate planned movement 

Prof. Hidehiko Inagaki

Research group leader, Max Plank Florida Institute for Neuroscience 


Thursday, May 12th, 5:00 pm Neural mechanisms for memory and emotional processing during sleep

Prof. Gabrielle Girardeau (Postponed to September)

Principal Investigator, CRCN Inserm, France


Thursday, June 2nd, 9:00 am Multiple maps for navigation

Prof. Lisa Giocomo

Associate Professor of Neurobiology, Stanford University School of Medicine


Thursday, August 25th, 4:00 pm Multimodal, multi-timescale signals in the visual system orchestrate robust, rapid, and flexible walking control

Dr. Terufumi Fujiwara

Postdoctoral Fellow, Champalimaud Foundation, Portugal (Incoming PI at RIKEN from November)


Thursday, October 20th, 2:30 pm Learning in intelligent systems

Prof. Hiroshi Makino

Nanyang Assistant Professor, Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Nanyang Technological University




2021 schedule

Date Seminar title Presenter(s) Location

Thursday, November 25th, 4pm

Note from Underground: vocal communication in a eusocial rodent

Prof. Alison Barker

Research Group Leader, Max Planck Institute for Brain Research, Frankfurt



Thursday, October 28th, 4pm

Emergence of organization and computation in neural circuits

Prof. Julijana Gjorgjieva

Assistant Professor in Computational Neuroscience, Max Planck Institute for Brain Research, Technical University of Munich


Thursday, October 21st, 10am Flexible identification of cognitive computations from spikes

Prof. Tatiana Engel

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Engel Laboratory, United States



Thursday, October 7th, 9 am Cell type-specific transcriptional networks in brain evolution and disease

Professor Genevieve Konopka

Jon Heighten Scholar in Autism Research, Department of Neuroscience, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, USA

Konopka Lab - UT Southwestern Medical Center

Thursday, August 19th, 9 am Learning in neocortex-cerebellum networks

Dr. Mark J. Wagner

Stadtman Investigator, National Institutes of Health, USA

Wagner Lab


Thursday, July 8th, 4:00 PM


Visual motion processing from retina to visual cortical areas in mice

Professor Keisuke Yonehara

DANDRITE, Nordic EMBL, Department of Biomedicine, Aarhus University, Denmark



Thursday 27th May, 16:00 pm

Intrinsic Reward in Birdsong Learning

Prof. Richard Hahnloser

Professor, Institute of Neuroinformatics,
University of Zurich and ETH Zurich



April 14 - April 15, 4:00 pm

Active Dendritic Processing in the Cerebral Cortex

April 15: Dr. Naoya Takahashi

Team Leader, Université de Bordeaux

April 14: Dr. Athanasia Papoutsi

Principal Staff Scientist, Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology of the Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas

Thursday 18th February, 10:00 am

Hippobellum in health and disease: cerebellar influence on the hippocampus

Prof. Esther Krook-Magnuson

Assistant Professor, Department of Neuroscience, University of Minnesota



2020 schedule

Date Seminar title Presenter(s) Location
Thursday 4th June, 4:00pm

Stabilization of perceptual representations by thalamic input


Dr. Ian Schmitt 
Group leader at RIKEN-CBS

Laboratory of distributed cognitive processing


Thursday 2nd July, 4:30 pm

Adult-neurogenesis for memory consolidation during sleep

 Masanori Sakaguchi, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor
International Institute for Integrative Sleep   Medicine (WPI-IIIS), University of Tsukuba



Thursday 27th August, 4:00pm Transforming visual information between areas V1 and MT

Dr Nic Price
Senior Lecturer, Physiology
Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute
Monash University, Australia


Friday 9th October, 4:00pm Higher-Order thalamus encodes correct goal-directed action 

Prof. Lucy Palmer 
Head of the Neural Networks Laboratory Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health. 


Friday 23rd October, 4:00pm

Which way to go in neuroscience?

From behavior to brain activity and vice versa. 

Prof. Joshua Johnson 

Prof.Kenji Doya

Friday 20th November, 4:00pm Visual information processing through the interplay between fast and slow pathways

Prof Si Wu

School of Electronics Engineering and Computer Science,
PI of IDG/McGovern Institute for Brain Research,
PI of Center for Life Science,
Peking University, China

Co-editor-in-chief of Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience


Friday 11th December, 4:00pm

Unraveling cortical circuits for perceptual decision making


Prof Lee Seung-Hee

Associate Professor, Sensory processing lab , KAIST