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Wellcome Trust Summer School on the Biology of Social Cognition
14-20 July 2013

Wellcome Trust Conference Centre, Hinxton, Cambridge, UK 

Registration now closed 

Now in its eighth year, this popular summer school alternates between the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus in the UK and Cold Spring Harbor in the US. The principal aim of the school is to provide an intensive week of training for advanced graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and faculty with an interest in the biological underpinnings of social behaviour.

The past few years have seen remarkable advances in our knowledge of the genetic, molecular, and neural factors that contribute to social behaviour. Increasingly sophisticated analytical and theoretical approaches have helped us to make sense of the data. Unfortunately, this increase of sophistication has also led to a tendency to hyperspecialize. The unique aspect of the week-long programme is to inform specialists about exciting developments in other fields of social cognition, to provide potential for new discovery and increased collaboration between subfields.

The programme will review our understanding of the various biological factors that influence social behaviour. The clinical consequences of dysfunctional social cognition and the role of translational research will be emphasized throughout.

Although the programme will focus on human social cognition, comparative and evolutionary approaches will also be discussed.

To view a copy of the draft programme, please click here

Scientific sessions will include:
Cognitive and developmental perspectives
Introduction to genomics
The functional neuroanatomy of social behaviour
Social cognition in other animals
Future perspectives

Scientific organisers:
David Skuse University College London, UK
Christian Keysers Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Tutors include:
Kate Baker University of Cambridge, UK
Sarah-Jayne Blakemore University College London, UK
Thomas Bourgeron Pasteur Institute, France
Zameel Cader University of Oxford, UK
Nicky Clayton University of Cambridge, UK
Jay Giedd NIMH, USA
Tetsuro Matsuzawa Kyoto University, Japan
Marcus Munafo University of Bristol, UK
Robin Murray University College London, UK
Arcadi Navarro University of Barcelona, Spain
Mark Pagel Reading University, UK
Trevor Robbins University of Cambridge, UK
Barbara Sahakian University of Cambridge, UK
Gaia Scerif University of Oxford, UK
Philip Shaw NIMH, USA
Victoria Southgate Birkbeck University of London, UK
Andre Strydom University College London, UK
Essi Viding University College London, UK
Clive Wilkins University of Cambridge, UK
Larry Young Emory University, USA
Jamil Zaki Stanford University, USA

How to Apply

Registration Fees:
Registration with accommodation  900.00

For the duration of the Wellcome Trust Biology of Social Cognition summer school accommodation, catering, and tutoring are included in the registration fee which will be 900.00.
The registration fee will be requested at the time of confirmation of your acceptance.
The selection process will take place in May 2013.

Accommodation will be onsite, at The Wellcome Trust Conference Centre, Hinxton, Cambridge, for the nights of 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 and 19 July 2013.

Registration is now closed

Please note: Places on this Summer School are limited to 25 and will be awarded on merit. Applicants should be currently engaged in relevant research. Applicants will be required to complete an online application form when registering.

You will be asked to provide the following:
- Qualifications & Justification for attendance
- Any relevant publications
- A scientific outline of your current research project
- Details of your supervisor. Your supervisor will then receive an e-mail requesting a supporting statement to complete your application.
Registrations cannot be accepted without your supervisor's supporting statement.
Please notify your supervisor that they will receive an e-mail from the Wellcome Trust asking them to complete your application which includes submitting a supporting statement.


Limited bursaries are now available to cover up to 50% of the registration fee. These will be awarded on merit.
To apply, please send:
Covering letter
to the conference organiser Jemma Beard at by 10 May 2013.

Travel visas:
If you require a letter of acceptance in order to obtain a travel Visa please e-mail

Conference organiser details:
Jemma Beard
Direct dial: +44 (0) 1223 495120
Fax: +44 (0) 1223 495131


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