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The topic of the 2019 ABC Summer School is “The Emergent Mind” and will take place from 17 June until 27 June 2019 in Amsterdam.

Detail Summary
Start date 17 June 2019
End date 27 June 2019
The Emergent Mind


The brain is one of the most complex structures we've ever tried to understand. It consists of 86 billion interconnected neurons that somehow conspire to bring about our mental lives. They do so by forming networks at various scales: local neural networks are themselves part of larger constellations that in turn form interconnected regions that constitute the brain. The result is a complex, dynamic system that has global properties which cannot be reduced to the properties of its building blocks.

In the ABC Summer School  "The Emergent Mind", we will introduce the complex systems approach to study mind and brain. We will take an interdisciplinary journey along neural networks, mental processes and the molecular machinery of the neuron, to see how concepts like 'emergence', 'resilience' and 'complex adaptive systems' can be used across the disciplines that span brain and cognitive sciences.

Masterclasses and research project

The two-week international Summer School consists of a series of Master Classes, each one given by a renowned expert in the field. In addition, students will work in groups with a designated tutor, on a research project within the broad topic, which they will present towards the end of the Summer School. Besides the masterclasses and workshops, an opportunity to get in contact with peer students in the field will be offered as well.


Claudi Bockting, professor of Clinical Psychology, and Marie Deserno, Postdoctoral Researcher at University of Amsterdam.


We are proud to welcome the following speakers:

  • Peter Sloot
  • Kevin Mitchell
  • Greg Siegle, visiting professor on the Frijda Chair
  • Sarah Durston
  • Isidoor Bergfeld
  • Han van der Maas
  • Ingrid van de Leemput

International Symposium

An international symposium will take place at the final day of the ABC Summer School (27 June 2019).
Entrance to the Symposium will be included in the programme of the Summer School. Therefore, attendees of the Summer School are not required to register for the symposium separately.