• The purpose of the Organization for Computational Neurosciences is to create a scientific and educational forum for students, scientists, other professionals and the general public to learn about, to share, to contribute to, and to advance the state of knowledge in computational neuroscience.
  • Computational neuroscience combines mathematical analyses and computer simulations with experimental neuroscience, to develop a principled understanding of the workings of nervous systems and apply it in a wide range of technologies.
  • The Organization for Computational Neurosciences promotes meetings and courses in computational neuroscience and organizes the Annual CNS Meeting which serves as a forum for young scientists to present their work and to interact with senior leaders in the field.
  • The Organization for Computational Neurosciences is incorporated in the State of California as a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Corporation.


Brief History


The Organization for Computational Neurosciences (OCNS) was created in 2003 by Christiane LinsterErik De SchutterLinda Larson-PriorPhil Ulinski and Todd Troyer to run the annual CNS Meeting.


OCNS was formally incorporated in the State of California on February 11, 2004. The CNS Meetings were started by Jim Bower and John Miller in San Francisco in 1992. Jim Bower organized annual CNS Meetings till 2001, after which a group of volunteers continued the tradition and formed OCNS. 


In 2011 OCNS was changed into a member-based organization with a mission to represent and serve the field of computational neuroscience. More information on the history of the CNS Meetings can be found on the Meetings pages.