Educational Resources and Opportunities for Neuroethologists

The ISN is committed to promoting education in Neuroethology at the Undergraduate, Graduate, and Post-graduate levels.  To this aim, we sponsor courses in Neuroethology, provide essays on topics in Neuroethology, and share educational content.  We also sponsor the Bullock Visiting Lecturer Program.

Technical Essays

In addition to these essays written by ISN members, you can find additional information on Scholarpedia.

If you are interested in contributing an essay, contact Linda Hardwick.


Drosophila Neurobiology: Genes, Circuits and Behavior

Each summer, Cold Spring Harbor laboratory hosts a 3-week course on Drosophila neurobiology. The intensive course provides a comprehensive introduction to modern experimental methods for studying the neural basis of behavior in Drosophila. The course welcomes applications from graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and experienced investigators. Financial aid is available for qualified applicants.

Further details are available here:

Neurophysics of Sensory Navigation course

The Santa Barbara Advanced School of Quantitative Biology's 2018 Summer Research Course will run from 30 July - 24 August 2018 at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, UC Santa Barbara. This interdisciplinary course is aimed at postdocs and graduate students with physical, mathematical, and life science backgrounds. Prior exposure to experimental and/or computational neuroscience is preferred. The course will equip students with the conceptual and technical frameworks that physics and quantitative biology offer to study the integrated function of neural circuits.

Each morning, students will attend lectures by leaders in the field attending the associated KITP program They will spend afternoons in the lab working side-by-side with instructors on small-group research projects. Instructors and lecturers will also lead intensive tutorials in the cutting-edge lab, modeling, and analysis techniques used in the research projects.

Visit for a course description and the online application and recommendation forms. Financial aid is available. The application deadline is March 11, 2018, (but likely to be extended…).

Please help us spread the word by passing on this announcement to your colleagues and promising postdocs and grad students. We are especially eager to provide this opportunity to members of groups underrepresented in the sciences.

Matthieu Louis, Boris Shraiman, and Julie Simpson (Course Directors), Maggie Sherriffs (Special Programs and Evaluation), Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics


Books published by ISN members.

Arthropod Brains Evolution
Functional Elegance, and Historical Significance 
Nicholas James Strausfeld
Harvard University Press.

Frontiers in Sensing
From Biology to Engineering
F.G. Barth, J.A. Humprey, and M.V. Srinisvasan (Eds)
Springer Verlag

Sensory Perception
Mind and Matter
F.G. Barth, P. Giampieri-Deutsch, H.-D. Klein
Springer Verlag

Nerve Cells and Animal Behaviour
P. Simmons, D. Young
Cambridge University Press

Governing Behavior
Ari Berkowitz
Harvard University Press

The Bullock Visiting Lecturer Program

The Bullock Visiting Lecture Program supports lecturers to various international, national or regional meetings (e.g., Gottingen Neurobiology meetings, annual meetings of the Society for Neuroscience, Nerve Net meetings, etc.) at which significant amounts of neuroethology research is presented. These lectures are named after Ted Bullock to recognize his significant contributions to neuroethology and to honor him as the founding president of the ISN. To apply for a Bullock visiting lecture, please contact Terry Leatherman (  Decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis by need and resources available.