Meeting information
Useful information for attending the spring school

Poster and Demo Session

We encourage each participant of IK to present their latest research projects at the IK Poster and Demo Sessions. The IK Poster and Demo Sessions are a great opportunity to present what you or your group are working on, get in touch with students and researchers who are interested in related issues, and exchange ideas. If you would like to prestent a poster, please download the following poster abstract templates and follow the instructions contained therein. Please submit your poster abstract only after you have received positive confirmation of your registration.

IK Poster abstract template in Word format: ik_2016_poster_abstract_template.docx

IK Poster abstract template in PDF format: ik_2016_poster_abstract_template.pdf

The maximum size for posters is A0 (841 x 1189 mm) and the orientation should be portrait format. If, for any reason, you are not able to adhere to these specifications, please let us know in advance. You will not be able to print your poster at IK, so please do that in advance and bring your poster with you to IK.

We also encourage you to bring demos of the work described on your poster. These may include videos, AI or programs, robots or hardware demonstrations, or anything else that you feel might give an impression of your work. Simply let us know if you plan on giving a demo when submitting your poster abstract and what your needs are (audiovisual equipment, space). We will do our best to accommodate you. If you have any questions concerning the poster and demo session or abstract submission please do not hesitate to contact us at

The submissions are not anonymous and will be reviewed briefly by a committee composed of members of the executive committee. The reviews will assure that the posters adhere to standards of scientific work and publishing while inviting a broad range of work to be presented during the poster and demo sessions.

Submission dealine is 1st February 2018.

Rainbow courses

If the schedule allows, selected poster presenters will be given the opportunity to additionally present their research during a "Rainbow Course". Each of these consists of a single 60 to 90-minute session which will be integrated into the main program, in parallel to the normal courses. The availability and number of slots for these courses will depend on how the main schedule develops during the week of IK. While we cannot guarantee any slots for Rainbow Courses, our experience with previous IKs suggests that there will be several times during which Rainbow Courses can be incorporated into the main program.

Potential Rainbow Courses should cover an exciting field of research within artificial intelligence, cognitive science, neuroscience or neural computation; it does not necessarily have to be within the focus theme of the IK. The course should give an up-to-date summary of your field of research, be accessible to all IK participants, and also give a more detailed overview of your own research.

Participants interested in giving a Rainbow Course should attach to their poster application a PDF file containing an abstract of the intended course (max. one page), a short CV (one or two paragraphs) and a list of relevant publications and communications. Applications will be considered regardless of the academic status of the applicant (undergraduate, graduate student, PhD student, etc.). The selection process will be based on the importance of the research theme for the IK, on the prospective quality of the course, and the availability of a time slot. We will try our best to decide prior to IK whether a particular Rainbow Course fits into the schedule; however, this can only be determined conclusively during IK.

Again, if you have any question with regard to the Rainbow Courses, please contact us at

ECTS credit points for IK participation

One week of IK participation represents one very intense week of interdisciplinary academic training on a mostly graduate level. Some universities have acknowledged this academic substance by awarding ECTS credit points for attending students. It lies in the discretion of the student's home university how many credit points are given, and what students are eligible (e.g., graduate and/or undergraduate, or only for students enrolled in academic programs related to the IK themes). As of August 2015, the following institutions grant 2 to 4 ECTS credit points for IK participations:

  • University of Köln
  • University of Osnabrück
  • Jacobs University Bremen
  • University of Vienna
  • University of Tübingen (Graduate Training Centre of Neuroscience)
  • University of Oldenburg (students of the master programs MSc Neurocognitive Psychology and MSc Neuroscience get 3 ECTS)       

Note that specific regulations apply at these institutions, e.g. ECTS credits may be acknowledged only for specific study programs or after an application of the student to the institution.

The organizers of the IK encourages student participants to approache the academic offices of their home institutions and suggest to them to give ECTS credits for an IK participation. An information package and support in approaching university officials can be requested from Herbert Jaeger.

We have recently requested the accreditation of the IK as a training for members of the medical association (Anerkennung als Fortbildung für Ärzte bei der Ärztekammer). We will post more information on our website as soon as available.


Christine Harms

Schillerstrasse 8
D-53474 Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler
Tel.: +49 (0)2641/903578
Fax.: +49 (0)2641/903580

Sarah Schulz, University of Stuttgart

Tarek R. Besold, University of Bremen

Event Location


Zur Hude 9

59519 Möhnesee-Günne



Phone: +49 (0) 2924 / 806-0

Fax: +49 (0) 2924 / 806-402

Activities and facilities

Apart from the obligatory indoor pool and sauna/solarium you may play skittles, billiard or table-tennis. The surroundings are perfect for jogging or those of you who prefer outdoor exercise. As a welcome contrast to all those sporting activities, the evenings around the fireplace and the piano will offer a chance to get together and have a spontaneous musical session, so bring any musical instruments you might want to play.

Those who want to keep on discussing until the crack of dawn can settle down in the bar downstairs with an ample offer of wine and beer.