Nicole Fritz
Nicole Fritz
Assistant to the Director
Phone: +49 8157 932-240
Fax: +49 8157 932-260
Room: Seewiesen

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Registration closed on June 20th. If you still wish to participate, please contact Nicole Hoiss.

Physiological mechanisms of song learning and production

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3rd European Workshop "Physiological mechanisms of song learning and production"

July 10, 2014 (11.30 AM) to  July 11, 2014 (4.00 PM)

Location: Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Seewiesen, Germany

Birdsong has inspired humans since ancient times. This fascination is fueled both by our appreciation of the natural beauty of these acoustic compositions and the intrinsic similarity with our own vocalization, in particular since certain bird species are able to imitate human voices. Due to the ability to learn vocalization and due to the seasonality of singing, songbirds developed into an important model system to study fundamental questions in behavioral neuroscience.

Song learning and production are controlled by a defined set of interconnected brain areas, collectively known as the song system. This workshop will present research lines aiming at uncovering the physiological and neural mechanisms involved in vocal development and learning of songbirds as well as neural mechanisms underlying vocal production and communication. These research lines cover the whole range of organizational levels of the song system, from genetics to cellular physiology and circuit physiology and behavior.


Available here


Coen Elemans: "Easy MEAD... Evidence for myoelastic-aerodynamic theory (MEAD) for sound production in birds"

Henrik Brumm: "Costs and consequences of changing vocal amplitude: are louder songs more expensive"

Nicolas Giret: "Call encoding in the songbird secondary auditory areas"

Andries ter Maat: "Calling based communication within zebra finch pairs involves the forebrain song control system"

Alexei Vyssotski: "Hierarchical network of vocalizations in songbird groups"

David Clayton: "What’s the experiment and what’s the control? RNAseq reveals unexpected consequences of sound isolation chambers.”

Robert Lachlan: "Bird song phonemes: Context-dependent categorical perception in swamp sparrows”

Boris Chagnaud: "Neuronal synchronization of vocal motoneurons"

Ran Darshon & Arthur Leblois: "Universal babbling behavior and how to generate it from neuronal variability"

Richard Hahnloser: "Song similarity measures that do not depend on syllable clustering"

Manfred Gahr: "Hormone-dependent seasonal singing of canaries: genetic adaptations"


Poster space is available and all posters are welcome.

Postersession is scheduled for Thursday evening.


See link on the right side: "How to reach Seewiesen"

Picking up from train station will be organized individually. Please send your arrival and departure details as soon as possible to


Housing will be provided at our institutes´ guesthouse and at several hotels in the area.

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For any further question please contact

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