Satellite Symposium on Classification of ganglion Cells

This satellite symposium will focus on the classification of retinal ganglion cells. It aims to bring together people with different approaches (anatomy, genetics, physiology, connectomics) to this topic and discuss the latest advances.

Update: Because of a shortage of conference space and hotel rooms in Brighton before ERM 2015 (due to political conventions), the satellite symposium will take place in the Copthorne HotelEffingham, UK, on September 30th. At the end of the day a bus will transport participants to the European Retina Meeting (ERM 2015) in Brighton. For details on the venue, see below.

Please note that London (and therefore Brighton) has several airports, which are located South (Gatwick), West (Heathrow), North (Stagnated and Luton) and Central (City).

Gatwick is the most convenient choice for both the satellite and the main meeting. Heathrow or City are a "compromise solution" and Stansted/Luton will most likely require travel through central London, which can take a long time.

For more information on the European Retina Meeting (ERM 2015) as well as this satellite meeting, see (or

Participation in the symposium is free of additional costs but requires a registration with the main conference and separate registration for the satellite symposium (by email to roc-satellite(AT) Note that for this symposium, space is limited to a maximum of 100 participants.

Preliminary program:

Six sessions and six international keynote speakers: their 30' talks will serve as a starting point for a 30`general discussion. Every participant is welcome to suggest 1 slide of their own (PDF, landscape) for one of the sessions as discussion material. The symposium will be chaired by Richard H. Masland (Harvard & MEEI, Boston; MA; USA). Each session is co-chaired by one of the speakers and/or one of the organisers. 




Sebastian Seung (Princeton University, NJ, USA): "Towards complete anatomical classification of RGCs"


EJ Chichilinsky (Stanford university, CA, USA): "Functional classification of macaque ganglion cells"


Coffee break


Philipp Berens (University of Tübingen, Germany): "The functional diversity among retinal ganglion cell types of the mouse retina"




Josh Sanes (Harvard university, Cambridge, MA, USA): "Molecular approaches to comprehensive classification of RGCs"


Coffee break


Estuardo Robles (MPI Neurobiology, Munich, Germany): "tba"


Andy Guberman (UC San Diego, La Jolla, CA, USA): "tba"

approx. 17:30        

Shuttle bus to Brighton

Satellite meeting venue:

Copthorne Hotel Effingham Gatwick
West Park Road
West Sussex, RH10 3EU, UK

The hotel is situated outside the city, less than 20 minutes by taxi/car from London Gatwick Airport and approx. 30 minutes from Brighton. A shuttle bus will be available to transport the participants in the late afternoon to the main conference site Brighton. Included in the meeting are tea/coffee, lunch and the shuttle bus to Brighton.
Please make a reservation for a bedroom directly at the hotel website. The rates are £75.00 for single occupancy B&B and £85.00 for double occupancy B&B. Please quote the promo code EPHWED75/85 when booking rooms.

Organisers of the satellite symposium: Tom Baden, Philipp Berens, Thomas Euler, Leon Lagnado
(contact: rgc-satellite(AT)