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Our 2022 in-person participants forming the letters of our unpronouncable name :wink: (Photo: Franziska Brändle)

IICCSSS 2023 will be a five-day in-person event in Tübingen, Germany, September 11–15, 2023. Our 2023 speakers will cover topics ranging from computational psychiatry to language and cognitive modeling.


Many summer schools and conferences take high attendance fees. We want to make the event inclusive for everyone and keep the event free of charge. However, for your own commitment, you will be asked to pay a deposit of 20€. If you attend the summer school, we will reimburse the deposit in cash.

Who can attend?

The event is targeted mainly at bachelor’s and master’s students in Cognitive Science, Neuroscience, Linguistics and related fields. Also PhDs and postdocs are of course very welcome. However, due to limited room capacity, we have to limit the number of participants to a maximum of 90 people, assigned on a first come, first served basis.

Accommodation in Tübingen

We have reserved 36 beds in Tübingen’s youth hostel, and we recommend staying there together for a better group experience. There are rooms with 2-4 beds, and breakfast is included for a price of 33.90€ per night. If you want to stay at the hostel, please indicate so in the registration form — again, first come first served! For people who want to organize their own accommodation, we recommend having a look at uni accommodations. Of course you can also try to book a place at the youth hostel directly (beyond our 36 beds reservation). Or you can book an AirBnB or couch-surf or camp…

NOTE: As of June 12th, the 36 beds at the youth hostel are booked out already. However, you can still indicate your interest in staying at the hostel in the registration form, and you will be placed on the hostel waiting list. We will notify you if a spot becomes available. Again, you can still try to make a reservation with the youth hostel directly.


The main events of the summer school will take place at Keplerstraße 2, 72074 Tübingen. We will be in the lecture hall HS01 and the two seminar rooms SR02 and SR03 on the ground floor. The locations for the lab tours etc. will be announced at the summer school start.

Participant contributions — Blitz Talks

Of course, the summer school is not only meant for you to listen to our speakers, but also to interact with and learn from your peers! A great way to do this is to present a project you are working on as a blitz talk (~15min). It is not necessary to commit to giving a presentation during registration, but in the registration form we will ask you to indicate how likely you are to present. We will then contact you again a little bit closer to the event, and ask you to provide more information.

Hackathon and Systems Neuroscience Symposium

On Thursday, the full day will be devoted to a hackathon, where you can develop your skills and work together in teams on hands-on projects. There will be different topics available, including computational problems, data analysis tasks and more conceptual work, making it inclusive for people from different backgrounds. At the same time, Tübingen will also host a second event on Thursday and Friday (14 and 15 September), the Systems Neuroscience Symposium. IICCSSS participants will have the option to attend SNS at a reduced fee of 40€ instead of participating in the hackathon. Note that the reduced fee only applies if you attend the summer school from Monday to Wednesday. In the registration form, please indicate whether you plan to attend the hackathon at IICCSSS or the Systems Neuroscience Symposium for 40€ (the choice is not binding yet).

Travel grants

To promote attendance of students outside of Germany, we offer a total of 10 travel grants of 100€ each to international attendees. To apply for a travel grant, please send us an email by July 1st stating

  • your name and contact information
  • a short description of your background
  • where you will be travelling from
  • if you intend to present something as a blitz talk.

After the deadline on July 1st, we will rank all applicants by distance, and support those first that have the farthest journey, which we hope is the fairest solution. You will receive a confirmation email and have time until one week later, July 7th, to sign up and pay the deposit of 20€, which will be reimbursed if you attend the summer school. Please reach out to us as soon as you have booked your transportation and make sure to send us travel receipts. Right after the summer school, we will reimburse you the deposit and the travel grant.

If your attendance is contingent on whether you receive the travel grant, don’t worry: You do not need to pay the deposit until your travel grant has been confirmed. If any of the attendees who have received a travel grant cannot attend, we will reach out to the next person on the list.

Feel free to contact us via email if you have questions regarding travel grants or other issues.


Please let us know if you will be needing childcare, or if you require any other support.

Certificates of completion and course credit

It is possible to receive a certificate of completion after attending the summer school. We estimate that participation in the events of the summer school is worth 1–2 ECTS credits; however, if you want to get university credits for participation, you will have to confirm this option with your study program / your home university.