Jun 28 – 29, 2021
Europe/Berlin timezone

The NEST Initiative is excited to invite everyone interested in Neural Simulation Technology and the NEST Simulator to the virtual NEST Conference 2021. The NEST Conference provides an opportunity for the NEST Community to meet, exchange success stories, swap advice, learn about current developments in and around NEST spiking network simulation and its application.

The virtual NEST Conference 2021

Due to the current restrictions on events and travel, the NEST Conference 2021 will be held as a virtual conference on

Monday/Tuesday 28/29 June

followed by a virtual NEST Hackathon until Friday 2 July.


Registration is open until June 21!

Please register via the registration form provided at the bottom of this page.

The registration fee for NEST Initiative members is 20 CHF and for non-members 50 CHF. Note that you can profit from the reduced fee by becoming a NEST Initiative member before May 16! See https://www.nest-initiative.org/membership/ for details.

Call for Contributions has been closed.




Julia Gallinaro - Embedding memories in a network with excitatory and inhibitory plasticity leaves a spiking regularity trace

Michael Günther Müller - Structured Information Representation with Assemblies of Spiking Neurons

Christian Huyck - NEST for Associative Memory with Winner Take All Nets

Johanna Senk - Conditions for wave trains in spiking neural networks

Christopher Kim - Dynamics of multiple interacting excitatory and inhibitory populations with delays


Sebastian Spreizer - NEST Desktop: A web-based GUI for the NEST Simulator

Muhammad Fahad - Multi-scale brain co-simulation in the Human Brain Project: EBRAINS tools for in-transit simulation and analysis

Claudia Bachmann - EBRAINS Scientific Liaison Unit

Agnes Korcsak-Gorzo - Event-driven implementation of eligibility propagation

Chiara De Luca - Towards a systematic understanding of deep-sleep-like activity effects on the network working points during learning cycles

Willem Wybo - Compartmental models with user-defined trans-membrane currents through NESTML

Flash talks

Younes Bouhadjar - Sequence learning, prediction, and generation in networks of spiking neurons

Sylvain Casteilla - Activity simulations in random networks subject to neurodegradation

Rachael Stentiford - Spiking model of the head direction cell system for orientation estimation

Petia Koprinkova-Hristova - Combining NEST Simulator and Python Modules in Parallel HPC Implementation

Anno Kurth - Sub realtime simulation of a full density microcircuit model on a single compute node


Sandra Diaz - Structural plasticity

Charl Linssen - Modeling and simulation of synaptic plasticity  using NESTML and NEST Simulator