— Application for this year’s Systems Vision Science Summer School is closed.

Please consider to register for the Systems Vision Science Symposium. —

Important Dates

Sunday, January 1, 2023 Application starts
Friday, March 31, 2023 Deadline for applications (including reference letters)
Latest by Friday, April 14, 2023 Notification of acceptance
> Please confirm your participation by Monday, May 1, 2023 <
Monday, May 15, 2023 Registration fees due
Before Monday, August 14 Complete the required online introductory course (see below; prerequisite to join the Summer School)
Wednesday, August 9 to Friday, August 11, 2023 Special offer: We are available for questions and preparations on-site
> Monday, August 14 to Thursday August 24, 2023: Systems Vision Science Summer School & Symposium takes place <
Monday, August 14 to Tuesday, August 22, 2023 Main part
Tuesday, August 22 to Thursday, August 24, 2023 Symposium

Who can apply?

We are open for everyone to apply. This summer school should be helpful to experimental vision researchers for learning computational methods, vision theorists and modellers for closer links with experimental data, computer vision researchers and physical scientists for learning about biological vision, and, more generally, vision scientists interested in topics and approaches in systems vision science.

Our evaluation will be based on your background and how much you are likely to benefit from participating in our summer school. Experience or knowledge in (A) computational methods, (B) visual psychophysics, and (C) vision neuroscience, is not required. However, experience in at least one of (A), (B), and (C), and a readiness to learn, is expected.

How to apply

For application, please

  1.  Download and fill this application form
  2.  Provide a proof of degrees completed and/or transcript of records
  3.  Provide at least one reference letter — sent by the reference writer to svs.summerschool@tue.mpg.de with a subject starting with the name of the applicant using this template. Please note that the reference letters are due also on March 31, 2023.
    – If you are a faculty member, the reference letter may be substituted by your CV or a google scholar page –

Please send us the documents by pdf files by e-mail to svs.summerschool@tue.mpg.de

We will inform you about the success of your application by Friday, April 14, 2023. Confirmation of your participation to the summer school should be received by us by Monday, May 1, 2023.

Please be aware that incomplete applications will not be considered!

After successful application, you are expected to enroll to these two  free online courses
(1) “A very brief introduction to what is known about vision experimentally”,
(2) “A very brief introduction to simple mathematical methods for computational vision“.

Each course is composed of short video segments (each several minutes long) and simple quiz questions.  The total video content in (1) is about 2.5 hours and that in (2) is currently much shorter. Completing these online courses before the start of the summer school is necessary for attending the summer school.

You will get a confirmation e-mail after receipt of your application – if you don’t get a message of receipt within a day, please contact us.

Registration fees

Applicants who are selected to participate at the Systems Vision Science Summer School and Symposium have to pay a fee before the school starts (fees due before Monday, May 15, 2023). Registration fees are to be paid by bank transfer only. Details will be provided after the selection process. Registration fees are not refundable.

Registration fee for the summer school and symposium covers costs including coffee breaks, lunch and dinner on weekdays, and other summer school operations, amounts to 600 €.

Summer school participants should arrange and pay for their own travel and accommodations. Recommendations for accommodation in Tuebingen can be found here.

Possible financial aid

In exceptional cases, we are able to provide a limited amount of financial aid to help towards your participation at our summer school. To apply to this financial aid, please indicate this when you submit your summer school application and attach an additional pdf file named indicatively as  “application_for_financial_aid” or similar. This additional pdf file should include the following: (1) a  minimum of 2 pages of a summary of the content of the free online course “A very brief introduction to what is known about vision experimentally, and a minimum of 1 page of a summary on the content of the free online course “A very brief introduction to simple mathematical methods for computational vision“, (2) a motivation letter stating why you want to attend our summer school and what benefit you hope to gain from your attendance, (3) justifications for and the estimated amount of the financial aid needed, and (4) any other information that you consider helpful for your application. You might be invited for an online interview during our processing of your application.

!!! Application deadline for the Systems Vision Summer School and Symposium is Friday, March 31, 2023 !!!

You will get a confirmation e-mail after receipt of your application – if you don’t get a message of receipt within a day, please contact us.

Poster & laptop

Summer school students are highly encouraged to bring a poster of one of your works (could be about a preliminary or ongoing work) to the summer school and symposium. All posters should be presented on one page and in “portrait” orientation. The posters will be put up during the summer school for exchanges with other summer school participants (students and lecturers) during break times and in the evenings. Each student should also bring a laptop (with a few pre-installed programs) for the exercise sessions during the summer school.

Local students

Students from the University of Tuebingen are highly welcome to apply to the Summer School like everybody else. They have the additional option of taking the course for credit in the University of Tuebingen. Please have a look at ALMA, where full information including credits, prerequisites, and course work requirements can be found. With this option, students join lunch and coffee breaks and registration fee can be exempted due to coverage by some study programs including GTC and IMPRS-MMFD or by support from CIN. It is optional to additionally attend dinner and after-dinner discussions. If you are a student of the University of Tuebingen and like to apply to the summer school via ALMA to obtain the university course credits, then your application deadline is April 16, 2023 and information about the application procedure is listed on ALMA .