Meeting information
Useful information for attending the spring school

Poster and Demo Session

We encourage each participant of IK to present their latest research projects at the IK Poster and Demo Sessions. The IK Poster and Demo Sessions are a great opportunity to present what you or your group are working on, get in touch with students and researchers who are interested in related issues, and exchange ideas. If you would like to present a poster, please download the following poster abstract templates and follow the instructions contained therein. Please submit your poster abstract only after you have received positive confirmation of your registration.

IK Poster abstract template in Word format: ik_2019_poster_abstract_template.docx

IK Poster abstract template in ODT format: ik_2019_poster_abstract_template.odt

IK Poster abstract template in LaTex format: ik_2019_poster_abstract_template.tex

The maximum size for posters is A0 (841 x 1189 mm) and the orientation should be portrait format. If, for any reason, you are not able to adhere to these specifications, please let us know in advance. You will not be able to print your poster at IK, so please do that in advance and bring your poster with you to IK.

We also encourage you to bring demos of the work described on your poster. These may include videos, AI or programs, robots, hardware demonstrations, or anything else that you feel might give an impression of your work. Simply let us know if you plan on giving a demo when submitting your poster abstract and what your needs are (audiovisual equipment, space). We will do our best to accommodate you. If you have any questions concerning the poster and demo session or abstract submission please do not hesitate to contact us at

The submissions are not anonymous and will be reviewed briefly by a committee composed of members of the executive committee (jury review). The reviews will assure that the posters adhere to standards of scientific work and publishing while inviting a broad range of work to be presented during the poster and demo sessions. Potential review outcomes are either: accept, accept with minor revisions, or reject.

Submission deadline:  February, 15

Rainbow courses

IK is a community-driven event and acknowledges the important role of young and upcoming researchers. You will be the future of our fields and many young researchers (in terms of research years) amongst the IK participants already have considerable research experience and expertise in quite specific areas to share. The Rainbow Courses (RCs) are a perfect venue for doing exactly that in a recognized format.

PLEASE NOTE: In the past, applications to present an RC were bound to also submitting a poster. This is no longer required!

The schedule will allow for three single lecture slots (60 - 90 minutes) for RCs, which will be integrated into the main program, in parallel to the normal courses.

Potential Rainbow Courses should cover an exciting field of research within neurobiology, neural computation, cognitive science, psychology, artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics, data science, and philosophy and should reasonably complement the focus theme of the IK. The course should give an up-to-date summary of your field or area of research, be accessible to all IK participants, and may also give a more detailed overview of (some of) your own research.

Participants interested in giving a Rainbow Course should submit a brief application containing an abstract of the intended course (max. one page), a short CV (one or two paragraphs) and a list of relevant publications and communications, using the following template:

IK Rainbow Course application template in Word format: rainbow_course_submission_template_ik_2019.docx

IK Rainbow Course application template in ODT format: rainbow_course_submission_template_ik_2019.odt

You are welcome to submit your slides / course materials (all PDF only; max. 5 MB total data) together with your application, but this is not mandatory.

Applications will be considered regardless of the academic status of the applicant (undergraduate, graduate student, PhD student, etc.). The selection process will be based on how the topic provides additional phenomenological and methodological perspectives to the focus theme, the importance of the research theme for the IK community, and the prospective quality of the course. The submissions will be reviewed by a committee composed of members of the executive committee (jury review). Potential review outcomes are either: accept, accept with minor revisions, suggestion to resubmit as an /ik/hack (e.g., lightning talks, demos, and workshops that happen in the off-schedule hours and in less busy timeslots), and reject.

Submission deadline: February, 15

Again, if you have any question about the Rainbow Courses, please contact us at


Call for Sunshines

Sunshines are volunteers who assist one particular lecturer by preparing the room and technical equipment.

If you volunteer as a Sunshine, you will receive an email telling you which lecturer you will assist at IK.

Your task as a Sunshine is to

  • come to the Glaskasten (this is the reception where you will get your name tag upon arrival) 15 min. before the lecture starts and get the key for the room
  • also get a bottle of water and a glas for your lecturer from the bar in the dining hall                 
  • open the room and help your lecturer to set up the technical equipment s/he needs
  • be present throughout the lecture in case your lecturer needs any assistance
  • lock the room after all people have left and bring the key back to the Glaskasten immediately.

If you are a Sunshine on the first day, please make sure that you arrive on time to check in, get to know the location and do your Sunshine tasks as outlined above. We expect to meet all Sunshines in the cafeteria during the first coffee break for an introduction.

In case you have any questions, please contact us ( or


Call for Moonshines

While Sunshines support lecturers with their technical questions, Moonshines will support participants in socially navigating the IK.
In order to do that they will, together with another experienced member, lead the interaction groups in the first evening.

Do you fit the qualification? You should

  • have participated at least once at IK
  • want to help participants to navigate the IK
  • be interested in connecting a wide diversity of people with the IK experience

If you are interested in being a Moonshine at IK 2019, please tell us in a quick informal email.
The email should state your name and everything else you want to share about yourself (e.g., experiences as tutor, team leader, member of a students council, other political activism, studying sociology as a minor subject, attending this one class on inclusion theory last semester, being the annoying feminist in your group of friends, etc.).

Please send your note to and don’t hesitate to contact them with any further questions.


ECTS credit points for IK participation

One week of IK participation represents one very intense week of interdisciplinary academic training on a mostly graduate level. Some universities have acknowledged this academic substance by awarding ECTS credit points for attending students. It lies in the discretion of the student's home university how many credit points are given, and what students are eligible (e.g., graduate and/or undergraduate, or only for students enrolled in academic programs related to the IK themes). As of August 2015, the following institutions grant 2 to 4 ECTS credit points for IK participations:

  • University of Köln
  • University of Osnabrück
  • Jacobs University Bremen
  • University of Vienna
  • University of Tübingen (Graduate Training Centre of Neuroscience)
  • University of Oldenburg (students of the master programs MSc Neurocognitive Psychology and MSc Neuroscience get 3 ECTS)       

Note that specific regulations apply at these institutions, e.g. ECTS credits may be acknowledged only for specific study programs or after an application of the student to the institution.

The organizers of the IK encourages student participants to approache the academic offices of their home institutions and suggest to them to give ECTS credits for an IK participation. An information package and support in approaching university officials can be requested from Herbert Jaeger.

Travel information

Travelling by train. Take advantage of the discounted German Railway (DB) rates for in- and outbound travels to GI events, such as the Interdisciplinary College, with Deutsche Bahn. You get these rates here:

  • By car: Heinrich-Lübke-Haus, Zur Hude 9, 59519 Möhnesee-Günne, Germany.
  • By plane: well-connected airports close by are Düsseldorf and Köln. Travelling from oversea you might want to fly to Frankfurt am Main. Local airports are Paderborn and Dortmund. From every of these airpiorts you have to go to Soest by train.
  • By train: The train station closest to the conference location is “Soest”. 
    • Shuttle Bus: On Tuesday, March12, there will be shuttle buses for those of you arriving by train. Please make sure to arrive in Soest around noon and use the exit “Werkstrasse”. Shuttle buses will be waiting at the train station at 11:30h, 12.30h and 13:30h. In case you want to use one of the shuttles on Tuesday, send a short email with the subject “shuttle onTuesday” to, indicating, which shuttle you will use until, Friday March 8. On Tuesday, March19, the shuttle back to Soest station will leave after the last courses around 11.00h.
    • Public Transportation: Should you arrive at any other time please arrange transport to the Heinrich-Luebke-Haus yourself. Timetables for public transportation can be found at the train station or at
    • Taxi: You may call Silke’s Taxi (+49 2924 3309595) and refer to Heinrich-Luebke-Haus. In this case they should not charge more than 20€.

Special Events

  • Official introduction: at IK you arrive and we throw you right into it. But don’t worry. A proper welcome and information will be given after dinner on the first night of IK.
  • Interaction groups​: you are very welcome to participate the interaction groups which take place during the first evening. You find your interaction group number on the backside of your booklet. More information will be given during the official introduction.

  • Poster information: ​for those of you who will participate in the poster session, a poster information meeting will take place on Wednesday after lunch around 13:30.

  • Conference Dinner and colorful evening (“Bunter Abend”)​: Saturday night is conference dinner night. This is a special night with nice food and most importantly a subsequent program organized by you! There will be a person to coordinate the planning. Usually, we have an IK choir performing and a lot of other acts. Also, since it is such a special night, feel free to dress up a little bit.

  • Sunshine information​: for those of you who help a lecturer as a sunshine, a sunshine meeting will take place on Tuesday during the coffee break in the cafeteria.

  • Moonshine information​: for those of you who support the IK as a moonshine, a moonshine meeting will take place on Tuesday during the coffee break in the library.



The surroundings are perfect for jogging or biking for those of you who like outdoor exercise. Also the Heinrich-Lübke house has an indoor pool and a sauna and you may play skittles, billiard or table-tennis.

  • Pool​: There is a pool. This means you can enjoy an early morning swim as well as the traditional water polo preferably starting after midnight. Please, do not use the pool alone but make sure you have someone with you who could potentially get help in case of emergency. However, please make sure that you don’t bring anything made of glass to the pool area. Should you, for some reason, cause any trouble (breaking sth. etc.) please do not be shy and tell us such that we can take care of it.

  • Sauna​: Heinrich Lübke Haus has a sauna! If you want to use it for a small fee (20 Euro), come to the “Glaskasten” at least 2 hours in advance since it needs time to heat.

  • Billiard: ​There is a billiard table in the basement. You can pick up billiard balls and cue at the “Glaskasten” in exchange for your name. Please, return them back later.

  • Table Tennis: ​There is table tennis in the basement. Bring your own rackets and balls.

  • Bowling alley: ​There is a bowling alley in the basement. You can simply go there and start a game.

  • Bikes​: The Möhnesee is a great outdoor area. You can discover it by bike since Heinrich Lübke Haus has free bikes. To get one, you have to pick up the key for the bicycle cellar

    at the “Glaskasten”.

  • Jogging​: There are a lot of nice jogging tracks to discover around the Möhnesee

  • Music in the fireplace area​: At night there are often spontaneous jam sessions in the fireplace area close to the “Glaskasten”. There is a piano there and you are of course welcome to bring your own instruments. So don’t be shy and join in!

  • Bar​: There is a bar in the basement. It is a cosy place to continue interesting chats about the lectures you heard throughout the day or just to get to know awesome people. You can buy all kinds of drinks and some snacks there for little money. The bar opens up every night at around 19:00.

This means that swimming clothes, sports clothes and table tennis rackets should be on your packing list.

  • Contact information
  • Should you have anymore questions, just contact Christine by phone (+49 171 20 77 089) or email ( From Monday March,11, you may also contact her at the conference location (+49 2924 806-0).


Christine Harms

Schillerstrasse 8
D-53474 Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler
Tel.: +49 (0)2641/903578
Fax.: +49 (0)2641/903580

Sarah Schulz, Ada Health

Benjamin Paaßen, Bielefeld University

Event Location


Zur Hude 9

59519 Möhnesee-Günne



Phone: +49 (0) 2924 / 806-0

Fax: +49 (0) 2924 / 806-402

Activities and facilities

Apart from the obligatory indoor pool and sauna/solarium you may play skittles, billiard or table-tennis. The surroundings are perfect for jogging or those of you who prefer outdoor exercise. As a welcome contrast to all those sporting activities, the evenings around the fireplace and the piano will offer a chance to get together and have a spontaneous musical session, so bring any musical instruments you might want to play.

Those who want to keep on discussing until the crack of dawn can settle down in the bar downstairs with an ample offer of wine and beer.