The kick-off symposium of the SPP 1665 aimed at defining the framework of the consortium by introducing recent discoveries on the field and at initiating collaborations between the funded groups. During the first day of the symposium, six renowned speakers from USA, Switzerland, Spain, Sweden and Germany gave open lectures on up-to-date topics covering the methodological, experimental and analytical issues of the Priority Program. These lectures had a large audience with more than 100 students and scientists joining the meeting. Three of these lectures can be found here:
Patrick Hsu, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard: "Genome Engineering: Technologies and Applications"
Gustavo Deco, Universitat Pompeu Fabra Barcelona: "The Human Connectome: Linking Structure and Function"
Richard Hahnloser, ETH Zürich: "New approaches to vocal communication and learning in birds"
During the second day of the meeting, each of the 12 troikas introduced the main aims and the working plan of the project. They have been followed by discussions on the common gain and needs of the members of the consortium. Moreover, the common activities (material exchange, workshops, progress reports of students, annual meeting) have been planned.